Tesla may receive official permission to sell its cars in Singapore this month. The manufacturer received a pre-delivery inspection approval from the country’s Land Transport Authority (LTA), which is the last step towards full entry into Singapore's market.
According to the laws of Singapore, the dealership must obtain a special permit from the LTA before the sale begins. Since Tesla has already received a pre-delivery inspection approval, full authorization to sell cars in the country is expected in two weeks, Tech in Asia reports. This means that the company will be able to officially enter the country's market, which will delight many Tesla customers from Singapore, who have been waiting for this for several years now.
Tesla has had a strained relationship with Singapore. The city-state has not previously supported the development and implementation of electric vehicles. However, in late July 2020, Tesla had announced the hiring of five positions: Vehicle Service Technician, Vehicle Readiness Specialist, Parts Advisor, Service Advisor, and Service Manager. This was the first sign of a change in the relationship between Singapore and Tesla. In September, Tesla announced the recruitment of three more positions: Vehicle Operations Specialist, Store Leader, and Customer Support Specialist.
After the key sales and customer service positions were opened, Tesla continued its employee search by announcing the recruitment of a Charging Manager - Charging Infrastructure in Singapore. The creation of a branded network of charging stations is, for obvious reasons, one of the critical steps in the company's entry into the market.
In early January 2021, Tesla indicated the location of its first Supercharger in Singapore. At the moment, the tag is at the Singapore Island Country Club, however it should be kept in mind that the new location may change depending on various factors.
Tesla's entry into the country's market occurs against the backdrop of a change in the attitude of the Singapore government towards electric vehicles. The government has an ambitious plan to phase out combustion-powered cars by 2040, and increase the attractiveness of electric vehicles.
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