In Might final yr, US automotive and power agency Tesla globally launched its Tesla Superchargers.
In Asia Pacific, international locations like China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand have been all getting a chunk of it — besides Singapore.
A Tesla fan tweeted to CEO Elon Musk to “do one thing to permit (these) in Singapore to get a Tesla”.
Musk truly responded to his tweet, saying that Tesla has “tried”, however the “Singapore gov’t will not be supportive of electrical automobiles”.
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan swooped within the dialog and offered Musk help to bring Tesla to Singapore roads.
There was no updates to this potential Tesla x Razer collaboration since then, however one other Twitter consumer questioned Musk in regards to the lack of Tesla presence in Singapore in January this yr.
“Gov’t has been unwelcome (though) Singapore has sufficient space to modify to photo voltaic/battery and be energy-independent,” he replied.
Tesla Is A “Way of life” And S’pore Is Not In It
Commenting on Musk’s reply in an interview with The Straits Times yesterday (21 August), Mr Masagos Zulkifli, minister for the surroundings and water assets, mentioned “what Elon Musk needs to supply is a life-style.”
We aren’t inquisitive about a life-style. We’re inquisitive about correct options that may tackle local weather issues.
– Masagos Zulkifli, minister for the surroundings and water assets
Within the current Nationwide Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong introduced that the federal government will likely be investing US$100 billion over the next 50 to 100 years to battle climate change.
Because it renews its efforts, Singapore’s stance is evident: taking public transport is a greater climate-change resolution than a Tesla electrical automobile.
Though Singapore’s present practice and bus community is already intensive, the federal government is enhancing it so journey wherever inside Singapore will take not than 45 minutes by 2040.
S’pore Has Potential To Totally Convert To EVs
Regardless of its concentrate on public transport, Mr Masagos mentioned that “if there’s any nation which may convert from petrol automobiles to 100 per cent EVs, will probably be Singapore.”
Nevertheless, he famous that it might be troublesome to have enough charging stations since 85 per cent of Singapore’s 6 million-strong inhabitants stays in HDB flats.
Discovering a parking zone is “problematic” sufficient as it’s, mentioned Mr Masagos. If the federal government rolls out charging factors, he can’t guarantee that there will likely be sufficient to cater to the demand.
“We shouldn’t have the answer but,” he concluded.
In the meantime, a examine commissioned by Royal Dutch Shell revealed that half of Singaporeans (52 per cent) don’t purchase an electrical automobile as a result of they suppose there aren’t sufficient locations to plug in.
Along with this discovering, Mr Masagos expressed his confidence that Singapore can seamlessly transition to plug-ins as a result of the federal government controls automobile possession licenses.
This may be the important thing to alter, he careworn.
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