Tesla Singapore will have an auto service center in Toa Payoh next month.
The American electric car maker will soon operate from a space previously occupied by Tan Chong Motor's Nissan dealer, according to The Straits Times.
His Model 3 is to be exhibited there. The only Tesla model available for sale in Singapore is the Model 3 Compact. The standard series costs S $ 116,364 before the Certificate of Entitlement (COE).
Here the company is said to have appointed the French Christopher Bousigues as Country Manager. Due to the Covid-19 precautionary measures, it is currently under a stay-home notice.
According to the electric car giant's job portal, he is currently looking for five jobs in Singapore. These roles include a supply chain manager, consultants, analysts and temporary delivery assistants.
Tesla's service centers offer repairs to its cars, including minor dents, scuffs, and scratches. The company announced earlier this year to CNBC that these centers may also offer various forms of internal collision repair. This can include suspension and axle damage, wheel and glass repairs.
Tesla has approximately 140 service centers in its home location in North America and plans to open more, including 46 in the first half of this year.
Currently, its US customers can select the services through the Tesla app. It is not confirmed whether the Singapore process will be the same.
A check on sgcarmart.com revealed two companies that currently specialize in Tesla services – Hong Seh Motors and Autostrasse. The services include repair and maintenance.
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The group published a teaser on its first compressor in Singapore on its website in January. The planned opening date has not yet been set from June. Tesla states on its website that the time and place can change.
A Supercharger is a 480 volt DC fast charger that can charge a car in just 30 minutes. Normal chargers typically take several hours to fully charge.
Tesla said its vehicles are compatible with both Type 2 AC and CCS2 DC fast charging stations provided by third-party providers such as SP Group and Shell Greenlots.
Singapore's plans for 2040
Singapore has set a goal of phasing out gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and is betting big bets on electrification to reduce greenhouse gases and slow climate change.
Currently, only 3 percent of 600,000 private vehicles run on lower-emission hybrid engines, and the government has announced a short-term discount to encourage more drivers to switch.
New EV drivers can qualify for an early-adopt discount on the vehicle's additional registration fee, which is capped at $ 20,000. The discount expires at the end of this year.
According to the state transport authority, this discount is intended to reduce the cost of an electric car by an average of 11 percent and bring the prices of these cars closer to gasoline cars.
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