Singapore, which has been criticized by Tesla CEO Elon Musk for not supporting electric cars, is now planning to phase out fossil fuel vehicles in the city by 2040,media reported. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said in a speech On Tuesday that the government is planning incentives to encourage the use of clean-energy vehicles such as hybrid scars and electric vehicles.
Incentives include rebates of up to S$20,000 and an increase in the budget for investment in charging stations, increasing the number of charging stations on the island from about 1,600 today to 28,000 by 2030.
“We’re going to go a weaned to promote electric cars and tilt policy in that direction because it’s the most promising technology, ” says Mr Wang.
So far, Singapore has been relatively slow to adopt electric vehicles. But government officials also acknowledge that Singapore’s cities are particularly suited for electric cars because of their short driving distances and state-controlled controls on car ownership. Tesla founder Musk has expressed his disappointment with the country on Twitter, saying in January 2019 that the Singapore government does not welcome electric cars.
In August 2019, Singapore’s environment and water minister defended the country’s policy on electric vehicles, rejecting Mr Musk’s criticism that Singapore wanted “an appropriate solution to climate issues”.
A Tesla spokesman has not commented so far.