Electric vehicles are hardly a viable option in Malaysia as we do not have the necessary infrastructure and policies in place to support prolonged use of high voltage cars.
I'm not talking just about setting up more charging stations – in fact, this is the easiest concern to address. Issues such as disposal of high voltage batteries, the readiness of emergency services personnel to handle accidents involving EVs and the reliability of EVs in hot tropical climates.
EVs are the inevitable future as the world becomes increasingly desperate to address climate change. Zero-emission vehicles are one of the many, but most impactful, ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
Tesla Model 3 Driving Mileage
During our short stint in the Tesla Model 3, the world's most popular EV, the most important point that we learnt is that range anxiety is now a thing of the past. In city settings, you have compact EVs like the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe that offers up to 240 km is more than up to the task.
Larger EVs like this Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor has a WLTP rated range of over 550 km – which is roughly what you get from a Toyota Camry. In China where charging facilities are aplenty, EVs are used for taxi services no problems at all.
Here's hoping that the Malaysian government are forward-thinking enough to see that the future is electric and lay out a clear roadmap to make electrified vehicles a feasible option to consumers.