We know it's 1 April, the nastiest day when you need to take everything with a pinch of salt. But seeing Singapore in the list of countries accepting pre-orders for the Tesla Model 3 is too mean of a joke.
After all the ruckus we created when we talked to the one and only Tesla owner here and his ordeal (including the S$15,000 tax) in bringing a Tesla Model S to Singapore, we'd like to think that Elon Musk isn't yanking our chains. Not when he's already spoken to Singapore's Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong about this issue.
We hate to burst your bubble a little early but it has to be done. While Singapore is in the list, the Model 3 won't hit roads anytime soon. In fact, production will only commence in late 2017. That means the first Model 3 won't hit the road until at least 2018.
Second, you'll need to fork out a US$1000 deposit to pre-order this sweet electric car. It's not a small sum but it assures you of a Model 3 when it's available.
That is, if you can cross the last hurdle. Though the Model 3 starts from US$35,000, we still have no idea how much it'll cost here. Don't forget, there's the COE and it's still unknown how LTA will categorise this car.
But if it does succeed in jumping through all the hoops here, you're looking at a vehicle that can do 0-60mph (0-96km/h) in six seconds and a range of 215 miles (346km) on one charge. That covers at least five days of driving in Singapore even if you were to travel from one end of the island to another.
So cross your fingers, and hope that firstly, this isn't a cruel joke from Tesla, and secondly, you'll get a rebate rather than getting slapped with additional charges to drive an eco-friendly car in Singapore.