Published on October 10th, 2023 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Why Our Motoring Journalist Not Buying Electric Cars
With fabulous electric car reviews presented all the time motoring journalist are still driving PETROL POWERED cars
Ever wondered why our Malaysian and even regional motoring journalists are not purchasing any NEW electric vehicle when they deliver very very very positive video and written reviews about every brand new electric car launched?
Yes, some of these tax free electric cars (right now in Malaysia) might still be too expensive for most motoring journalists to afford. But for some others, they prefer to buy petrol powered (we are in this category) and even diesel powered vehicles.
Please note that we are not talking about ‘influencers’ with daddy’s money purchasing an electric vehicle or even part-timers who have lucrative side businesses in motoring and also other areas. We are talking about the ‘working class’ motoring journalist.
We are talking about those individuals who write car reviews and news regularly and present car review videos regularly.
So, is it because they are all not convinced enough, can’t afford or just prefer their petrol or diesel sipping vehicles?
Interestingly, there are tax free incentive for electric vehicles in Malaysia and one can easily afford new models like the award winning Great Wall Ora Good Car priced from RM139,800 to RM169,800 only.
Meanwhile, even if the budget is a bit tight there is the recently launched BYD Dolphin priced from just RM99,900 and the Premium Extended Dolphin is just RM124,900.
When the Hyundai IONIQ 5 was launched in March 2022 from RM198,888, there was a huge interest to own this large family electric vehicle, but the short supply from Korea dampened interest over the months.
Then in July this year, Tesla shocked the Malaysian EV market with the Model Y pricing from RM199k and strong rumors suggest two motoring media persons (more like bosses) have booked their units.
Then last month, September, Tesla announced that the latest Model 3 will arrive from just RM189k and the two motoring media who booked the earlier Model Y (which is actually a older dated vehicle) were now trying to alter their booking.
Then there is the Mazda MX-30, with its slightly limited driving range at RM198,780 but great features and cabin design.
Now, the reason why we have not mentioned electric vehicles like the Volvo C40, Mercedes EQE and the BMW iX1 is because the European electric vehicles are all priced above RM200k which is more for the well to do Malaysian and we see most motoring media driving vehicles, new or used below the RM200k price mark.
Meanwhile, just a few days ago, PRO-NET launched the smart#1 in Malaysia priced from RM200k and with rave reviews from all media segments (the technology and business news portals included) we wonder how many will be seen in media car parks.
Let’s see what happens after this above note is live on social media.