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In its bid to raise awareness on the presence of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country, Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) has turned to what is arguably one of the most popular manufacturers of EVs at the moment, Tesla Motors. However, let’s get one very important note out of the way first – you cannot buy a Tesla just yet, at least not in the foreseeable future.

See, GreenTech Malaysia will be looking to run a leasing programme whereby units of the Tesla Model S will be brought in and offered exclusively to government-linked companies (GLCs) on a two-year lease scheme. According to The Star, Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) minister, Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, hopes that the programme will eventually lead to Malaysia becoming a leader in the EV technology sector.

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“GreenTech Malaysia has brought in two Tesla Model S cars for research and development,” he told members of the media recently. The two vehicles mentioned are that of the Tesla Model S 85 variety – we’ve since had an exclusive preview of the car, of which you can read more about here. GreenTech Malaysia is looking to have a total of 110 units throughout the entire span of the leasing programme.

As for the bigger picture, it was recently reported that findings from the Malaysian Green Tech­nology and Climate Change Council meeting, which was chaired by the Prime Minister, indicated that further discussions were still required to ensure investor commitments as well as the notion of more EVs being introduced.

GALLERY: Tesla Model S 85 in Malaysia