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The Singapore government set a course for the electrification of transport, prompting Tesla to return to that market. After recently relaunching car sales in the city-state, and ahead of the first deliveries, the manufacturer opened its first Supercharger station.
Tesla has a long and not cloudless history of entering the Singapore market. Previously, the city-state did not support the development and implementation of electric vehicles, which caused Tesla to leave Singapore. But last year, due to climate change—which is raising the level of the world's oceans and is threatening the flooding of coastal zones—the government radically changed its attitude towards electric vehicles. Tesla returned to Singapore in February and launched an online order configurator.
Now the company has opened its first Supercharger, which is becoming part of a state project, the goal of which is to provide EV drivers with easy access to charging stations. Tesla's new Supercharger site is located in Orchard Central shopping center at 181 Orchard Rd on the ninth level. The charging station consists of three 250kW stalls. More will be set up in the coming months.
At the end of this month, Singapore will open up the opportunity to apply for a grant that will subsidize the installation of charging stations in non-landed private residences. Transport Minister S. Iswaran stated on July 19 that Tesla charging points have been installed under a regulatory Sandbox by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). He said LTA launched the scheme this month to accommodate technologies that are on track to be included in Singapore's national charging standard.
The grant to subsidize the installation of electric vehicle chargers in condominiums and other non-landed private residences will open for applications on July 29. LTA reported:
"As non-landed private residences form a significant proportion of residences in Singapore, improving charger provision is an important step towards improving the coverage of Singapore's national EV charging network."
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