SINGAPORE: Tesla Motors' newest electric car, the Tesla 3, would be entitled to the maximum rebate of S$30,000 under the current Carbon Emissions Vehicle Scheme (CEVS) if it is assessed to be as energy efficient as a new Tesla S.
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Monday (May 9) that the scheme - which incentivises car owners to buy environmentally friendly cars - would apply to the Tesla Model 3, which was launched in the United States on Mar 31.
Mr Khaw said in Parliament that when the Tesla 3 is ready to be sold in Singapore, importers will have to submit its electrical energy consumption information for the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to assess if it should attract a rebate or a surcharge.
The Transport Minister also addressed the issue of a used Tesla Model S, which attracted a S$15,000 surcharge under the CEVS. He explained that fuel efficiency of secondhand cars depend on how well a car is maintained, but that the owner would have enjoyed the maximum rebate, had the car been new.
Said Mr Khaw: "For all imported secondhand cars, whether electric or otherwise, I think we have a duty to require the secondhand car be retested to find out what exactly is its fuel consumption or its CO2 emission rate, so that we can apply the rebate or surcharge properly.
"The condition of a car - after it is used for a while, depends very much on how well you maintain it and fuel efficiency can vary quite a lot."
Mr Khaw pointed out that even though electric cars do not produce tailpipe emissions, the process of generating the electricity used emits carbon. He said: "The greenest form of transport is public transport. So do follow me - if you cannot be a 100 per cent public transport user, at least be a part-time public transport user."
He added that the Transport Ministry would also look at adopting electric vehicles for public transport, as it urges commuters to move towards a car-lite Singapore.