Tesla to Open ‘Experience Stores’ in Malls & Service Centre in Toa Payoh


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If you’re a Tesla or Elon Musk fan, you’d know that the only Tesla model available for sale in Singapore is the Model 3 compact.

The first Tesla car started selling earlier this year, sending fans into a frenzy.

The standard range series of the Model 3 Tesla costs S$116,364 wit-

Reader: Oh, that doesn’t sound so bad

…without taking into account the certificate of entitlement (COE).

Reader: Oh… *starts sobbing*

Most of us may be too broke to buy a Tesla, but we may soon be able to test drive one in a couple of malls here.

Tesla to Open ‘Experience Stores’ in Malls

That’s right, Tesla is said to be planning “experience stores” at venues such as Raffles City Shopping Centre and Jewel Changi Airport, according to ST.

Such stores already exist in the US and can be found in shopping malls.

These “experience stores” have been opened by other electric car makers in an attempt to promote the benefits of environmentally friendly cars.

Some of these experience stores offer visitors food, refreshments, and even libraries. Of course, the main draw of these stores is the chance to test drive the electric cars.


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Opening Service Centre in Toa Payoh Too

Tesla is also opening a car servicing centre in Toa Payoh next month.

It will operate out of a facility formerly occupied by Tan Chong Motor’s Nissan dealership at 17 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh.

Speaking to CNBC, Tesla said its service centres will fix everything from dents and scratches to “suspension and axle damage”.

They will also provide collision repairs.

All New Car Registrations From 2030 Will Have to be Cleaner-energy Models

Tesla’s launch here is in line with Singapore’s Green Plan 2030, which aims to achieve net-zero emissions as soon as viable in the second half of the century.

As part of the plan, all new car registrations will be required to be cleaner-energy models from 2030.

Another initiative involves more than doubling the targeted number of electric vehicle charging points by the same year.

Singapore will also only purchase cleaner-energy public buses and encourage walking and cycling.

What’s more, no new diesel cars and taxis can be registered here from 2025.

At the moment, motor vehicles in Singapore emit about 6.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.


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However, if light vehicles all ran on electricity, it could apparently be reduced to 1.5 to two million tonnes per year.

That seems like no-brainer to me. 

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