(Editor’s Note: The article has been updated to include location of Tesla’s first charger in Singapore)
Electric cars have been steadily rising in popularity globally, and in Singapore as well.
Singapore has a grand vision of phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2040, according to Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat in his February 2020 budget speech.
The city has seen a rise in electric car sharing startups such as BlueSG, while Hyundai is slated to set up an electric car manufacturing plant here.
With the electric vehicle revolution happening, Singaporeans have been wondering why Tesla’s cars have not made an appearance on our roads yet.
However, it seems that Singaporeans might not have to wait too long before seeing Elon Musk’s electric cars in the city.
Tesla Is Coming To Singapore Soon
According to the Tesla website, it is “coming soon” to Singapore.
A quick search on the Tesla website shows that it is slated to enter the Singapore market.
However, the target opening date is still unconfirmed, while the website also states that “timing and location are subject to change”.
Tesla currently has stores in over 30 countries in the world, including Germany, United Kingdom, Taiwan, China and South Korea.
In November last year, Tesla was hiring for a Charging Manager, which hints to the setting up of Tesla’s own EV charging infrastructure in Singapore.
The company plans to offer “comprehensive charging solutions” which includes home charging, public charging, third-party charging and Supercharging.
According to Tesla, the goal of the Supercharger network is to enable freedom of travel for Tesla owners at a fraction of the cost of gasoline.
It currently has over 2,000 Supercharger Stations with more than 20,000 Superchargers around the world.
Tesla has revealed that the location of its first charging station in Singapore to be at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) at Sime Road. This is reflected in its recent update of its charging network map worldwide.
According to The Straits Times, the SICC has not been approached by Tesla for the said charging points on its grounds.
US-based news website Electrek reported that Tesla often puts a planned station on its charging map.
“Each station is dependent on Tesla finding a property to deploy the station, making an agreement with the property owner, acquiring the right permits, and securing a connection with the local electric utility,” it said.
Existing Tesla owners can also make use of any of the 1,600 charging stations in Singapore.
To add on, despite not having any official Tesla showrooms in Singapore yet, many car dealers in Singapore have imported them for sale in the nation.
An imported Tesla Model 3 will cost owner around S$154,000 not including the Certificate of Entitlement (COE).
Still Hiring For 10 Roles In Singapore
In July 2020, the electric vehicle and alternative energy company was actively recruiting in Singapore.
A search on networking site Linkedin shows that the company is still hiring for 10 roles in Singapore, with the latest role posted three weeks ago.
Some of the roles it is hiring for include Country Manager and Store Leader, which shows that the brand is preparing for its entry into the Singapore market.
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