CO2-belching penalty for so-called ‘zero emissions’ Tesla Model S

Hello and good morning. I’m Bob Aldons, owner of Car Business, with my first blog post of the week.

I don’t like John Cadogan’s journalistic style nor the language he uses for car dealers, women and other things. (see highlight below) I do however like the story below which attacks Tesla on its environmental stance.

While the emissions coming from the tail pipe of a Tesla are arguably zero, the production of electricity has to come from somewhere doesn’t it.

The Singapore Government has a calculation that dictates the Tesla consumes 444 watt-hours of electricity per kilometre from its battery. And according to their methodology, the Government applies a factor of half a gram of CO2 per kilometre hence the levy/fine.

Does that make you think twice about so-called green cars like Tesla, Toyota Prius and Camry Hybrids and others? It does with me. And my other question in all this matter of green vehicles, particularly Tesla, who buys them here in Australia? I know of 2 running around my area, and they’re owned by ‘rich enough’ ‘not to care how much’ people.

And yes, I’ve owned 2 Ferraris’ over the last few years. They were lavish vehicles that my wife thought were over the top, but I had set a goal for myself of owning one before I turned 60. That I sold one and bought a 458 was stupid at the time, but that’s what boys do sometimes don’t they?

I am looking for another if you know of anyone wanting to sell a Ferrari Testarossa. Mid 80’s manual and no I don’t want to pay $200k.

Interested? Call me on 0418 74

And the Tesla Model S has been slapped by the Singaporean Government for being a filthy, CO2-belching shitbox. Counter-intuitively. Joe Nguyen apparently spent months battling Singapore’s bigwigs to bring over the Model S he purchased in Hong Kong – and when he finally succeeded, he got slapped with a S$15,000 penalty for excessive CO2 emissions. Which seems, superficially perverse for a so-called ‘zero emissions’ vehicle.

But the electricity had to come from somewhere.

It works like this: all hydrocarbon vehicles in Singapore with less than 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre get a S$30,000 rebate for being green. After that there’s a sliding scale culminating in vehicles with more than 230 grams of CO2 per kilometre copping a S$30,000 fine. Under UNECE test protocols the Model S consumes 444 watt-hours of electricity per kilometre from its battery, and the government applied a conversion factor of half a gram of CO2 per watt-hour, labelling the Tesla a comparatively heavy polluter at 222 grams of CO2 per kilometre, and hence the fine. Even though nothing was belching from its nonexistent exhaust pipe. So, the Tesla Model S: Impressive, unreliable, and maybe not actually as green as you thought.

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