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The Tesla initiative being carried out by Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) has finally begun. The first shipment of 10 vehicles obtained their customs clearance late last month, and the first unit was delivered recently, with two or three cars expected to go out later this week.

Updates on models that will be available through the programme and details on the leasing options. Initially, the Tesla Motors-endorsed programme was supposed to be exclusive to GLCs, government companies and corporate members.

This has now been expanded – GreenTech CEO Ahmad Hadri Haris told paultan.org that the programme will be extended to private limited companies (PLC) and multi-national companies (MNC) that subscribe to the green agenda, which means that the car will be available to a wider audience and not just limited to GLCs and the like.

There are also changes to the pricing of the leasing options, of which there are two. The first is a lease-only path. Here, GreenTech is working with a partner called Insas Pacific Rent-A-Car (PRAC) to provide leasing of the Tesla; PRAC is a car rental company in Malaysia that was established in 1985, and is in the business of providing cars for long-term hire, daily hire or self-drive.

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The Tesla, which can be leased from two to four years, will be made available via a JV called PRAC GT (Pacific Rent-A-Car GreenTech). Two models are being offered for the lease-only option, the Model S 70 and S 90D, the latter being the primary Model 90 version offered through the programme. Meanwhile, it is expected that the S 75 will take over from the S 70 sometime down the road.

The leasing rate for the Model S 70 is RM10,500 per month (for a two-year lease period), RM10,250 (three years) and RM10,000 (four years), while the leasing rate for the Model S 90D is RM12,500 (two years), RM12,250 (three years) and RM12,000 (four years) per month.

The rates are inclusive of annual insurance, road tax (which is RM10 per year) and will also cover M2M connectivity (a SIM card to communicate with Tesla servers and other services like Google Maps), maintenance and services fees, the use of ChargEV charging facilities as well as a Tesla charger.

The second option is through a lease-to-own programme, which benefits from tax exemptions for import and excise duties. Here, the customer determines the specifications of a car, pays a one-off vehicle price, but does not own the car proper – well, not at the start anyway.

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That’s because there’s a minimum three-year leasing period before car can be transferred to the customer, should he want to own it. The customer just needs to pay the tax imposed for the transfer, based on the value at that point, Ahmad Hadri said. Should the customer choose not to, he can continue on with leasing.

Three models are offered via this route – the Model S 60, Model S 90D and Model S P90D (the latter will eventually be replaced by the P100D). As listed on the company’s website currently, the S 60 goes for RM326,055 (one-off base vehicle pricing before GST and delivery charges), while the S 90D is listed at RM425,205. As for the P90D, that is priced at RM509,238.

The rate of the delivery charges is RM88,888 (one-off inclusive of CIF, PDI, free standard services over three years and full Tesla warranties, mobile connectivity as well as the installation of a Tesla home charger). Currently, a monthly leasing fee of RM1,388 is listed, but Ahmad Hadri said this will be changed to an annual leasing fee of RM500 per year, inclusive of free use of ChargEV charging stations.

As mentioned in our earlier report, the vehicles are all Model S facelift examples. Unveiled in April, the 2016 rework brings about a new, more streamlined fascia and a pair of new adaptive LED headlamps with 14 three-position LED dynamic turning lights. Also new to the mix are a body-coloured front chin spoiler, side skirts and rear valence.

The update also brings new trim choices and equipment options, including a HEPA air filtration system, and standard kit includes a 17-inch capacitive touchscreen that serves as a display for the car’s infotainment system, navigation system, a reverse camera and eight airbags.

The MY-spec S 70 features 19-inch Silver Slipstream wheels, multi-pattern black seats and comes with dark ash wood decor trim as well as a white Alcantara headliner. Its equipment bag includes autopilot convenience and a smart air suspension system. The S 90D specification has identical fittings as above, but the Alcantara headliner is in black, and the variant also comes equipped with the premium upgrade package.

A recap of output numbers and performance figures. The S 70 is powered by a rear axle-mounted electric motor with 315 hp and 440 Nm, and the car has a 0-100 km/h time of 5.8 seconds and a 230 km/h top speed. It has an operating range of around 370 km range (EPA) on a single charge.

Save a lower power output from the motor, torque and performance stats on the S 70 are virtually identical to the S 85, of which two examples were brought in last year as test-bed mules. The 85 kW battery version has since been discontinued, its place effectively taken up by the 75, which has similar specs but a marginally lower operating range (401 km to the 426 km on the 85).

As for the S 90D, the 90 kW model has 417 hp and 658 Nm, with performance figures including a 0-100 km/h time of 4.2 seconds, a 249 km/h top speed and a 473 km operating range.

The dual-motor, all-wheel drive P90D, meanwhile, has 504 hp on tap (with the battery taken into account, 691 hp being the max output of the motor alone) and 931 Nm. Performance-wise, the car has a 410 km operating range, a 0-100 km/h time of 3.3 seconds and a 249 km/h top speed. Again, as mentioned earlier, it’s set to be replaced by the P100D as it goes along.

The first 10 cars are part of a special quota of duty-exempt Teslas being brought in via a special programme. Back in February, prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the government had given the green light for the duty-free importation of 100 Tesla Model S vehicles as part of its efforts to promote electric vehicles.

We’ve driven the Tesla Model S – read our special preview as well as an exclusive first-drive report on the S 85.