Singapore man fined $15,000 because of his electric car

Tesla Model S electric car causes too much CO2 pollution, according to Singapore authorities

 

The excited owner of a brand new electric Tesla Model S has suffered an unexpected blow after being hit with a $15,000 (£11k) fine from Singapore transport authorities because his new, purely electric car causes too much pollution.

The proud owner of the Tesla Model S, Joe Nguyen, had the electric vehicle shipped to his homeland of Singapore. While waiting for the arrival of his car, Mr Mguyen had already begun the process of applying to Singapore’s Land Transit Authority for a rebate under the Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS), as he was under the impression that owning a purely electric car would fit the bill.

One can imagine Mr Nguyen’s surprise then when, instead of a $15,000 reward, he was handed a $15,000 fine for owning a car that the Land Transit Authority had decided produced high levels of CO2 emissions.

The Land Transit Authority claim that the all-wheel drive Model S car is not zero-emissions just because it is an electric car. According to LTA, the electric used to charge the vehicle and the CO2 emissions created at Singapore’s energy source (which are imported to the country at increased costs) must also be taken into account.

The Tesla Model S has a range of up to 330 miles and costs between £54,000 and £114,000, depending upon the specifications.

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has reportedly contacted Singapore officials in order to discuss the issue and an investigation is apparently taking place.

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