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[Watch] Couple Travels From Singapore To Penang On Autopilot In Tesla

[Watch] Couple Travels From Singapore To Penang On Autopilot In Tesla

There are more charging stations in Malaysia now!

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Many people are still reluctant to switch to electric cars (EVs) because there might be problems with mileage and the extra leg work to find charging stations (other than the hefty price tag).

A TikTok user @sgpikarchu made a few videos to share their experience travelling from Singapore to Penang, Malaysia, while on autopilot mode in their Tesla Model 3. It looked doable and not as difficult as most would think.

The couple joined the queue to cross the border into Malaysia on 1 April and got through within 45 minutes.

@sgpikarchu Crossed the custom within 45 minutes at midnight. Drove past KL, continuing up north! Go Tesla 🤓 #SgTeslaGoesMsia #EVboleh ♬ Vacation – Dirty Heads

Before reaching Penang, they passed through 6 Malaysian states and showed some of the different EV charging stations they used along the way.

While waiting for their car to charge, they used the time to catch up and have a meal with a friend before continuing their journey.

@sgpikarchu Hope this video is somewhat useful for those driving to to Malaysia with EV. For accurate distance, please use Google Map, the animation is just an estimate. Happy driving! 🤩 #SgTeslaGoesMsia #EVboleh ♬ Electric Love – BØRNS

Where to charge?

In a separate video, they shared how to look for more charging stations via a website called PlugShare and that there are fast chargers available at certain stations.

However, they suggested calling stations in rural areas in advance to check if it’s working. You don’t want to get stranded on a holiday after all!

@sgpikarchu You can find most of the EV chargers on PlugShare website/ app. Green = AC normal charger. Orange = DC fast charger. As of now, do plan well when driving up north or along the coastal road. Tried and tested for SG to Penang area, it’s possible! 🤓 Happy driving. #SgTeslaGoesMsia #EVboleh ♬ In Love With You – BLVKSHP

Curious netizens asked about the cost to charge the Tesla. According to @sgpikarchu, some stations provide free charging services, but it varies from station to station.

Netizens also wondered whether they felt stressed out if the battery runs low.

In response, they said they were used to it by now and it was easier this time around because there are more chargers in Malaysia.

However, some netizens might need more convincing to switch to electric cars because they find it takes too long to charge the vehicle.

The only consolation so far is to charge the electric car at home. It might be easier to install a charger in landed properties than in condominiums and apartments though.

There’s definitely still a long way to go for electric vehicles in Malaysia but it looks like some progress has been made at least.

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