Yesterday we reported that Tesla was going to arrange a gross sales, service and charging community presence in Malaysia, as introduced by MITI minister Tengku Zafrul. He talked about that Tesla Malaysia’s entry was made attainable by MITI’s BEV International Leaders program. However what precisely is that this BEV International Leaders program? We discovered some particulars on MITI’s web site.
The BEV International Leaders program is known as “Peneraju International Battery Electrical Car (BEV)” in Bahasa Malaysia on the MITI web site. As you realize, Malaysia’s present Nationwide Automotive Coverage solely permits corporations with bumiputera shareholding to carry franchise APs. This is the reason Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has to get APs from Naza and Mazda has to get APs from Prima Merdu.
Nevertheless, many EV-exclusive carmakers work on a direct to client, no seller, no companion enterprise mannequin. Tesla is one such firm. It’s strict on this coverage, and it has even managed to construct a Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai, China with out a native companion, making it the primary wholly foreign-owned plant in China.
Thus with the prevailing NAP coverage for Franchise APs, Tesla would by no means be capable to enter the Malaysian market with out a companion for franchise APs as a result of it merely wouldn’t qualify to acquire franchise APs to import its personal automobiles.
That is the place the Peneraju International BEV program is available in. It permits profitable candidates to obtain franchise APs. In line with Tengku Zafrul, Tesla is the primary profitable applicant of this program.
In line with the necessities we discovered on MITI’s web site, the automobiles imported into Malaysia should be battery electrical autos (no hybrids) and so they additionally should be SAEJ3016 Licensed Degree 2 Autonomous.
There are additionally different necessities, to be executed inside 3 years of approval. The corporate should arrange an workplace, gross sales and repair facilities in Malaysia. The corporate should additionally set up no less than 50 items of DC quick chargers with minimal charging energy of 180 kW, and no less than 30% (15 items) of those chargers have to be open for the general public to make use of, permitting utilization by electrical automobiles from different manufacturers.
The corporate should additionally rent and develop the skillsets of no less than 100 Malaysians. The overall workforce of the corporate have to be no less than 80% Malaysian. The corporate should prepare no less than 5 college students from increased training establishments by way of industrial internship.
The corporate should additionally cooperate with no less than 10 increased training or TVET centres for information switch on BEVs/BMS/EV chargers or different associated applied sciences. It should additionally cooperate with no less than 10 native corporations and use native contractors for native charging networks.
This program at present runs from now as much as 31 December 2025. After that, I suppose candidates to this program similar to Tesla must renegotiate with the federal government on the standing of their Franchise APs.
So what do you consider this program? Is it a good deal for Malaysia?