Tweet TweetCould this be a good joke? How can an electric car emit CO2 in excess? It can, at least in Singapore. Yes, you’re right: the electric cars do not emit any harmful gas in the atmosphere. However, there are CO2 emissions, because producing electricity means partially using fossil fuels. Here starts our story: in most of the countries, Tesla Model S owners receive a tax credit from the government. That’s why, when a guy called Joe Nguyen bought a Model S in Hong Kong and brought it in Singapore, he was hoping for a tax rebate. He first had to legalize the car, but it was no rebate at all. More, he had to pay a fine for failing the emission test, because the car isn’t environmentally friendly. So, instead of an over 10.000 USD rebate, he was finned with 10.000 USD! That’s because the Model S needs a 444 Wh/km, which means the equivalent of 221g/km which, according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) means excessive CO2 emissions. It is unknown how the … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S Emits Too Much CO2
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Back in October, we had the chance to get up close with the first two Tesla vehicles to be brought in to Malaysia via official channels – the exclusive preview of the vehicles, both rear-wheel drive Model S 85 versions offered not just a comprehensive photo gallery but also a chance to get an initial feel of the car, albeit in limited scope, given that the cars hadn’t been registered at that point. Last month, through a special arrangement, we were again invited to have another go with the car for a day, the road-going session offering a better insight into its character and workings in real-world conditions. A recap on timelines and perspective, for those still unaware of the unique manner in which Tesla vehicles are set to be deployed in the country. The two S 85s are essentially the lead elements of a programme initiated by Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia), one that will see Teslas being made available here through a leasing scheme. The main … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Tesla Model S 85
► CAR lives with a used Tesla► Model S long-term test review► Comment below if you own one! Electric cars aren't supposed to be much fun in winter: they run out of range and all that electric grunt can prove treacherous in snowy conditions. And yet our new Tesla daily driver has been pressed into daily action throughout what has proved to be one of the coldest, iciest winters of recent years.Bedecked, appropriately enough, in a solid white paint job, our 85D has the benefit of all-wheel drive from the dual motors and the added traction this delivers has been welcome. Ours is shod with summer Continental ContiSportContacts and despite the lack of winter tyres, it has felt surprisingly surefooted when driving in icy conditions, and even on compacted snow. I've been impressed: the traction control and ESP lights haven't flickered on once, even on the slipperiest of conditions.We had quite a skiddy moment last winter when CAR was running a (rear-wheel … [Read more...] about What’s it like to own a Tesla Model S in winter?
In the super-niche world of Tesla Model S Shooting Brakes, we have our first finished entrant. This is QWest’s effort: a production-ready Tesla Shooting Brake. And doesn’t it look mighty? QWest, a Norfolk-based coachbuilder that specialises in carbon fibre, will fully launch the car later this year at the London Motor Show. We’re told the base car is a P90D – a spec you can’t actually buy any more – replete with a 90kWh battery. To this base the company deploys said carbon fibre specialism to configure a significantly larger boot area – 7.4 cubic ft larger than standard – without impacting the car’s acceleration. So that’s still 0-60mph in some 2.8s. You can see the whole thing up close, if you’re in London between 17-20 May and near the ExCel Arena. Now we’re just waiting on RemetzCar’s efforts that they previewed late last year… … [Read more...] about Marvel at the world’s first Tesla Model S Shooting Brake
► CAR lives with a used Tesla► Model S long-term test review► Comment below if you own one! After the build-up, the research, the endless questions from mates and mums, the time has finally come. CAR magazine has collected our approved used Model S from Tesla’s UK headquarters and has become a fully signed-up member of the Tesla fraternity.The HQ in west London doubles up as the London Heathrow dealership and we sat alongside a handful of owners popping in to collect their own purchases and service their electric vehicles. There’s a cool, calm, premium vibe percolating the showroom, which is sparsely furnished with minimalist furniture, Apple Macs and displays showcasing the various charging solutions available to private customers.So far, so typical of any premium garage - but one distinguishing feature is the clientele. Tesla seemingly has a broad appeal, but there’s a strong interest from older, wiser, wealthier motorists, it … [Read more...] about It’s arrived! The start of our Tesla Model S long-term test review