CYBERJAYA: Tesla has opened its first centre in Malaysia that will provide an all-in-one customer experience.
The two-storey building here is developed in two phases with the first phase consisting of the retail area which showcases the latest Tesla electric vehicle (EV) models.
The second phase would see the centre rolling out more facilities for service, delivery and after sales support. This phase is expected to kick in once the first batch of Tesla vehicles is delivered to customers by the end of the year.
The centre also features a large open workspace, a customer lounge, a staff cafeteria and an auditorium that can accommodate up to 250 persons.
It is also equipped with eight 250kW DC superchargers and 12 22kW AC chargers reserved for the company's internal use.
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The launch was attended by Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, Selangor Investment, Trade and Mobility committee chairman Ng Sze Han as well as Tesla regional director Isabel Fan and several VIPs.
Fan said the centre here is Tesla's first in Malaysia and that the company would launch more similar centres around the country soon.
She said the centre underscored Tesla's commitment to accelerating Malaysia's transition to sustainable energy by delivering a comprehensive and seamless Tesla ownership experience in the region.
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Meanwhile, Tengku Zafrul said Tesla’s direct presence in Malaysia would spur the country’s New Industrial Master Plan 2030’s missions to rapidly enable the country's manufacturing industry to tech up and push for net zero carbon emissions.
“More importantly, we are confident that the establishment of Tesla’s sales, after-sales support, as well as leading battery and supercharging technologies in Malaysia will facilitate knowledge transfer, help elevate our SMEs capabilities that feed into the Tesla ecosystem, and create more high-skilled, better-paying jobs for our people,” he said.
Tengku Zafrul also said global EV sales soared past the 10 million mark last year, capturing an impressive 14% of the entire new vehicle market.
He said the government had aimed for EVs to constitute 15% of Malaysia's Total Industry Volume by 2030 and envisioned the growth to rise to 38% by 2040 and 80% by 2050.