Singaporeans Order Tesla Model 3 Despite Little Means To Charge Car

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 14

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Among the 7 additional countries added for Tesla Model 3, S and X orders was Singapore, where eager Tesla also fans lined up to reserve the Model 3.

However, as Mashable reports, there may be a potential problem for these Model 3 buyers when they receive their cars.

They have no easy access to charge their future cars!

Quoting Mashable:

“According to The Straits Times, at least 13 people here have placed orders for the Model 3, due to arrive in 2018. But none of them speaking to the newspaper were sure of how they will charge the vehicle, because most Singaporeans live in public housing that don’t offer charging ports in the carparks.”

“Some private apartments have wall sockets in the carparks, but very few have dedicated EV-charging stations, so charging one can take an average of 10 hours, compared with faster supercharging ports that can do the job in a couple of hours.”

Mashable tracked down some numbers too:

“According to 2014 government statistics, 5.8% live in houses — 80% live in public housing and 13.5% live in private apartments.”

Owning an electric car with no reliable means for charging isn’t recommended, so hopefully the charging station situation gets ironed out by the time the Model 3 arrives there in a few years.

Lastly, the Model 3 is expected to come in at about ~S$150,000 ($110,517 USD) or so after the huge taxes come into play. These taxes are in place to discourage car ownership in Singapore, but even despite the high price tag, many Model 3 reservations have already been placed.

Source: Mashable

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14 responses to "Singaporeans Order Tesla Model 3 Despite Little Means To Charge Car"

  1. sveno says:

    Easy – they will buy a new car when the battery runs low!

    1. koz says:

      lol, but seriously Singapore is only 278 Sq Miles. They don’t need dedicated EV charging to suit most people but the do need access at home or work or Tesla could plop a couple of Supercharges there. Maybe someone with responsibility for Asian sales could make the deal to add a store, service center and some chargers if Singapore drops the penal fees for Teslas. Sounds like a win, win to me. Would need a lot more than 15 sales though.

  2. Kdawg says:

    If they can afford a Tesla, then they probably have a private apartment or house.

    What about charging at work?

    1. Will says:

      It’s the Model 3. You don’t need to be rich to afford it.

      1. John says:

        Read much?

        “the Model 3 is expected to come in at about ~S$150,000 ($110,517 USD) or so after the huge taxes come into play”

        1. mpanzani says:

          Yes “Read Much” – yeah you should.

          Model-3 base price is 35,000us, but because of dimm-witted laws in Singapore Model-3 there will be 110,000us (only in Singapore) as its government want to ban most cars to do massive congestion problems & pollution from current vehicles.

          In most countries EV are exempt from these and get additional perks (see Norway).

          1. DonC says:

            Please stop with the $35K fantasy. Here’s an article from 2009 about the $50K Model S. http://www.autoblog.com/2009/03/26/tesla-model-s-50-000-ev-sedan-seats-seven-300-mile-range-0-6/ And yes I know the Model S is double that. That’s the point.

            1. Anti-Lord Kelvin says:

              Actually, some people got their Tesla for 49,999$. It’s true, it was only a 60kHw version with little more than 200 miles of range and no third row seats for children. But, fortunately for Tesla, this version only got something like 5% of sales, the rest are for the more expensive ones.
              For the 3, owners are more common people, with less money, but after all a lot of them will get the mid to high end version 40000$ to 50000$ as I saw of the majority of the guys whose written their wish in the tracker for the last incoming Tesla 3 reservation at shops before the reveal.

              1. koz says:

                Actually, it was the 40kWh version, that ended up being a 60kWh software limited to 40. I know because I am one of those owners. Don knows this very well too. He also knows even the current 70kWh base model is $71,500 before $7,500 Fed tax credit or $64,500 after. Plenty of people buy that model and anybody can if they want.

                Nobody can say for sure if the base Model 3 will actually sell for $35K but that is what Tesla has reiterated many times. They have also said higher optioned models will ship first and that the expected average Model 3 price will be $42,000. My guess is the average sales price will be higher based on consumer preferences and option pricing. I do fully expect there will be a $35,000 base model available for purchase but that won’t likely be until late 2018 or early 2019 and after all reservation holders that confirm orderes for higher optioned cars get theirs first.

  3. Ambulator says:

    I think Tesla offers Supercharging in Singapore, and that may be where most of the people with reservations on the Model 3 plan to charge. Tesla needs to implement an extra charge for local Supercharging in such locations.

    1. Kdawg says:

      I didn’t see any Superchagers or destination chargers in Singapore, (or the entire South Pacific) on Tesla’s website. 🙁

      1. Mikael Larsson says:

        They will be there long before the Model 3 arrives to them 😛

        Plus in Singapore one location for supercharging would cover it all considering the tiny area to drive before you leave the country. 🙂

  4. Doggydogworld says:

    It’s a small island – 200 miles will probably last a few weeks…..

  5. Jonathan B says:

    This sounds like a big market for Tesla to sell a lot of power walls. I can envision each car port with a couple powerwall units that charge throughout the day and when you plug in, give you 20+kwh of fast charging and then can trickle the rest during the evening.