We all have heard about them, know someone who owns one and we have probably ridden in one before – we are talking about electric cars of course! While we are hearing new breakthroughs and swifter models almost every single year, 100% electric cars really only began showing up from 2010 onwards with the Nissan Leaf being the world’s first major manufactured fully electric vehicle.
That means the cars you sat in before 2010 – with the driver calling it electric – was most likely a hybrid car that ran on a mixture of gasoline and electricity, switching between the two depending on if it was cruising or accelerating.
But perhaps the true mark of going green is the complete switch to 100% all-electric car and no company is more committed to producing fully electric cars than Tesla.
Leading The Green Revolution On The Roads
When the founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, first began the company, he decided to commit fully to producing a car that is sleek looking – unlike many of the ugly hatchback options still seen today, as well as powered by a cleaner form of energy – electricity.
While many companies from Ford and Nissan first came to market, Tesla accomplished something the rest couldn’t. Tesla has made electric cars desirable, cool and popular. From onboard software that auto-updates to self-driving capabilities, it is no wonder that quite a few Singaporeans are jumping over various hurdles to import their very own Tesla cars from the Californian manufacturer!
So How Good Are Tesla Cars For The Environment?
When we first compare the emissions of Electric Vehicles (EV) versus that of gasoline vehicles, we can see that electric cars on average emits only 50% of greenhouse gases when compared to our traditional petrol cars – but wait, it gets better hor!
Because the way Tesla manufactures their cars by using nearly 0% of coal-generated electricity and their Gigafactory is to be fully powered from renewable energy by 2020, Tesla cars are actually being manufactured in a more environmentally friendlier way than other electric vehicles in the market!
But Does It Make Sense To Get One In Singapore?
Before we get too hyped up on Tesla cars, getting one on the road has been notoriously hard – someone tried and had to wait 1 year and had to pay a $15,000 electric vehicle fine instead! Even Elon Musk himself dropped our Prime Minister Lee a phone call to find out what was going on.
But has things changed? Thankfully it has!
When Elon Musk tweeted to a Tesla admirer in Singapore that “Singapore is a very prosperous city and yet has very few electric cars”, it was countered by unveiling that Singapore already has a scheme that grants electric vehicles up to $20,000 in tax breaks. Plus, electric vehicle drivers will avoid more than $10,000 in petrol duty over 10 years, sounds good right?
Hold on ah!
Unfortunately, Tesla cars have too much horse-power and might not qualify for the full rebates. In Singapore, there are only 348 fully electric cars registered, 3 are Tesla Model S’s and only 4 EVs that qualify for the maximum $20,000 rebate and none of them are Tesla cars. Two of the Teslas, however, only received $10,000 and $15,000 partial rebates respectively.
In fact, the Tesla Car models in Singapore today starts at a whopping S$426,800 (with COE included)…psst you can probably buy a five-room BTO flat with that amount lor!
Is There A Better Way To Go Green?
Thankfully there is a way where you can help the environment daily, not burn a big hole in your wallet and save money monthly too!
See that electric bill on your table? If you are an environmentalist and staying in Jurong, it is high time to take a look at your electricity plans. As from April onwards, Singapore’s Open Electricity Market is finally open to residents of Jurong first before extending to the rest of the nation!
You can choose to do your part for the environment by opting for a green electricity plan that supplies your household with carbon-neutral electricity. That means your electricity use has a net zero emissions effect on the environment, there is no carbon footprint at all!
Best of all, you will be enjoying guaranteed savings of the old electricity tariff from Singapore Power and there is no need to shell out S$400k+ for a Tesla car!
Interested in learning more about our green plans? Go here and enjoy guaranteed savings on your electric bill while helping the environment!
Not sure what green energy is? You can also check out our article that breaks down green energy here!