Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk laments Singapore’s stance on EVs
In a Saturday post on the Twitter social networking site, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said that Singapore has “very few electric cars,” even though it is “a very prosperous city.”
The Twitter post by Musk has come in defence of his earlier tweet on Singapore’s stance on electric vehicles (EVs). In a May 26 post on Twitter, Musk had said that Singapore government is not supportive of EV ownership. That tweet was posted by Musk in response to a question by a Tesla enthusiast in Singapore, about when the automaker would make its EVs available in the city-state.
Replying to the question, Musk said in his May 26 Twitter post that Tesla had tried to bring its EVs to the city, “but Singapore govt is not supportive of electric vehicles.”
That tweet from Musk garnered criticism from Singapore’s biggest newspaper, The Strait Times. In response to Musk’s tweet, the newspaper’s senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan published an open letter titled, “Please get off your high horse.” Tan highlighted the fact that Singapore grants up to S$20,000 ($15,000) in tax breaks to EV owners, and also asked Tesla to make its EVs more affordable.
Against the backdrop of the open letter, Musk said in his Saturday tweet that there is sufficient land in Singapore for tapping solar energy to generate electricity, and added: “No more need to import fossil fuels for electricity, which is a strategic vulnerability.”
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