Wrong to Penalise Singapore Electric Vehicles

Wrong to Penalise Singapore Electric Vehicles
Obsolete Regulations & Mindsets Obstruct Singapore’s War on Climate Change

Strange, but true.  A wholly electric vehicle (EV) with dual electric motors that emits no carbon emission has been penalized with a S$15,000 carbon tax surcharge. Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has wrongly determined that the all-electric Tesla Model S vehicle “produced 222g/km of CO2, putting it within the S$15,000 surcharge band under Singapore's Carbon Emission-based Vehicle Scheme”. 

The truth is the Tesla Model S in motion produces zero carbon emission since it is solely propelled by 2 electric motors and has no additional combustion engine or fuel cell on board.  As a pure battery electric vehicle, its electric motors are the sole propulsion source; hence, there is no fuel consumption and zero CO2 exhaust emissions. 

According to LTA’s own Guidelines, the Tesla Model S vehicle should actually be entitled to the S$30,000 carbon rebates like the Peugeot Ion or the BMW i3 electric hatchback. Ironically, even the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid, which actually emits CO2 on the road managed to qualify for LTA’s S$30,000 carbon rebate, while the zero emission Tesla Model S is penalized.

The LTA further clarifies that it was not the Tesla vehicle that emits CO2 but rather it is the source-generator of its electric power amounting to 444 watt-hour/km produced and charged by the Singapore Grid’s gas-operated power stations. These fossil-fuel based gas-operated power stations are contracted by the Singapore Government to supply electricity exclusively throughout the country.  No other source of electric power beyond 10MW can be legally generated without a power generation license from the Government. 

The LTA had strangely factored in the carbon emissions by the fossil-fuel based gas-operated power station when generating the electricity used for charging the Tesla vehicle, and penalized the Tesla vehicle (as well as other electric vehicle) owner for the carbon emissions produced by the fossil-fuel gas–operated power stations. 

By extending and attributing its carbon tax surcharge to the source electricity generators, the LTA departed from its own guidelines to wrongfully penalized the Tesla S Model and other all-electric vehicles.

The LTA’s own Guidelines refer to the applicable taxable carbon emissions as ”the release of carbon dioxide from the use of a vehicle”.  They further added that “the g CO2 /km is a measure that quantifies the weight of carbon dioxide (CO2) released for every kilometre that the vehicle is driven i.e. the vehicle’s fuel efficiency”.  The LTA Guidelines refer ONLY to CO2 produced by the vehicle in motion.

Nowhere in its CEVS Guidelines or Press Release on the subject did the LTA, or the Government, ever affirm that the fossil-fuel based gas-operated power stations could or would be the incidental source for its carbon tax surcharge. 

It is more baffling and even disingenuous when the LTA explained that it was following the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) R101 standards.  Nowhere in any of the tests under the UNECE R101 standards did they mandate the measurement of carbon emission of an all-electric vehicle like the Tesla Model S from a remote power station source.    

COP21 The Paris Agreement Forgotten?
It is barely 3 months after COP21 UN Climate Summit Conference in Paris in Decembr 2015, and where the Paris Agreement (which was also signed by Singapore) essentially defines the key criteria by which to judge sustainability efforts.  Sustainability from hereforth shall mean low or zero carbon emission. It mandates that fossil energy is excluded from all sustainability considerations. The Paris Agreement “also recognises that sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption and production, with developed country Parties taking the lead, play an important role in addressing climate change”. The emphasis on renewables-based sustainability is unmistakable.

The global movement to make fossil fuel history involves the promotion of all-electric vehicles that are truly sustainable.  A new mindset is needed to replace obsolete policies and practices that favour fossil-fuel vehicles.  New policies, infrastructures and practices are needed to roll out the new imperative of a sustainable electric mobility consisting of transportation powered by renewable energy.

A Singapore future reality story demonstrates how one country could enhance her energy security by reducing her fossil fuel dependency by 16%-20% with a 100% electric vehicle population.  This is achieved by a nation-wide effort to harness the  the creative energy of a resourceful people to use solar and urban wind energy to produce carbon-neutral electricity for EV charging as well as daily and commercial living.  

The Tesla Model S case is an unfortunate incident of taking many steps back from COP21 and withdrawn into comfortable policies and practices.  Obsolete regulations and mindsets will obstruct Singapore’s War on Climate Change, and make it harder to fulfill Singapore’s carbon reduction and climate change promises to the world made in Paris last December.


Anonymous said...

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Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

Is this for real ah?

Sack the whole of LTA lah, and send the entire bunch back into school for proper STEM education.

Other cuntrees are giving TAX BREAKS and INCENTIVES to people to coax them into giving up their inefficient fossil-burning cars and switching to hybrids or electrics.

And Singapore---the poster-child of a modern, scientific, industrilized, high-value, cosmopolitan city-state, goes the opposite direction and TAXES electric cars! Terbalek lah Singapore, belakang puuuuu---SING!

WTF? 😂 Oh well, once in awhile even the most savvy governments cock up royally!

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

BTW, LTA's argument that electric vehicles use electricity generated by fossil-fueled power stations is like saying to the electric car owners:

"We, The State, are responsible for generating electricity by burning fossil fuels and dumping CO2 and other Greenhouse Gasses into the atmosphere, but you, The Suckers have to PAY for our DIRTY electricity."

Chow cheeby lah!

jjgg said...

Ever tried introducing a new idea to the civil service/ government? Very easy...but first must know the right people la...how many have succeeded from the Enquiry desk approach ah..what a bunch of chiak leow bees

Anonymous said...

Be careful being right, as in this case, when the gov (LTA) is wrong.
Be very, very careful ...!

Anonymous said...

Fuck all the talk about climate change.

Human habits cannot now be changed, like using plastics and wastage of resources to produce more and more cars, in order to replace those that are perfectly usable after ten years, is one example of talking cock through their CB mouth.

Anonymous said...

Relak lah, go sell Tesla to Pinky or Whore Jinx. Once either of them drives a Tesla, PAP will start rebating you $100,000 for Tesla liao. Pinky seems very attracted to Tesla -- he visited Tesla factory in California and spoke to Tesla founder.

b said...

This is nothing new. Gov is the problem not solution. Gov is the enemy of the people. Gov is deceitful and manipulative. That happens all over the world.

Anonymous said...

Man change climate
Climate don change

Michael Heng PBM said...

Founder and Chief of US electric car maker Tesla Motors, Mr Elon Musk, has contacted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the case of the Tesla sedan that was taxed with a carbon surcharge in Singapore.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Under the Singapore formula for measurement of carbon emission, there is no such a thing as electric car that did not emit carbon dioxide unless the electricity produced by the power station is by natural gas. Oops, natural gas also produced carbon dioxide. So all electric cars produced carbon dioxide. No different from petrol cars. Tiok boh?