Poor Singaporean! Hope Hong Kong will not follow suit with this one!
Just read this news, shocked! Electric car Tesla slapped with $15,000 tax surcharge!
First, where did Singapore get a Tesla to test?
So seems like a bureaucrat took an opportunity to slap on an extra tax and hope it would be ignored. But the owner was savvy enough to get it in the news.
Seriously scratching my head about how/why Singapore would do their own test rather than using published test results.
So seems like a bureaucrat took an opportunity to slap on an extra tax.
The Singapore testers messed up the test. Pure and simple.
Now that Elon has weighed in personally, I expect to see a U turn from SG sooner rather than later.
Here's how clean a Model S is in Singapore (and elsewhere)
We would like to clear up the situation concerning our customer in Singapore. The Model S that our customer imported into Singapore left our factory in 2014 with energy consumption rated at 181 Wh/km. As the Land Transport Authority has confirmed, this qualifies as the cleanest possible category of car in Singapore and entitles the owner to an incentive rather than a fine.
Model S achieves this result because CO2 emissions in gas-powered cars are far higher than in electric cars. In Singapore, electricity generation releases roughly 0.5kg CO2/kWh. Based on energy consumption in Model S of 181 Wh/km, this results in 90g CO2/km. Driving an equivalent gas-powered car like the Mercedes S-Class S 500 results in emissions of approximately 200g CO2/km. And because of oil extraction, distribution, and refining, approximately 25% more has to be added on top of that to calculate the real carbon footprint of gas-powered cars. That means an electric car like the Model S has almost three times lower CO2 per km than an equivalent gas-powered car. Moreover, as Singapore increases the percentage of grid power from solar and wind, the CO2 from electricity drops with each passing year.
We are having cooperative discussions with the LTA to ensure a proper understanding of these issues and to make sure that they are correctly testing our customer’s Model S. Based on the positive nature of those discussions, we are confident that this situation will be resolved soon.
...you mean Singapore doesn't want to run the UNECE R101 tests accurately.
Maybe they couldn't run it in an absolute accurate way (n<>3, temp. >30°C?), but would really expect an significantly lower result?Huh? I think you mean Singapore doesn't want to run the UNECE R101 tests accurately.