Tesla launched its electric vehicles (EVs) in Singapore earlier this month, and while original estimates held that deliveries would take just 12-14 weeks, the timeline has now shifted, showing signs of early demand.
Tesla’s website has changed Singapore delivery timelines from the aforementioned period to “mid-2021,” in a slight detail change that may push back deliveries beyond the original estimates (via @tslaevangelist).
Tesla Costs less than Prius in Singapore !!! Demand is absolutely nuts.
For sure, It will go to 6 months to 12 months soon !!
— TeslaEVangelist (@tslaevangelist) February 18, 2021
According to the tweet, the change is likely due to supply and demand issues, rather than logistical problems due to import procedures. Singapore prices for the Tesla Model 3 are $77,990 SGD ($58,727.33 USD) for the Standard Range Plus and $94,990 SGD ($71,528 USD) for the Performance model, both before national duties, registration fees, and rebates.
Ballpark Singapore pricing for the following luxury cars, including the mandatory Certificate of Entitlement (COE) on the island, make the Tesla Model 3 Performance look like quite the contender versus legacy automakers:
- Mercedes C Class – $200K
- BMW 3 Series – $200K
- Audi A4 – $180K
- Tesla Model 3 Performance – $196K
The Model 3 Performance goes 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, which crushes the aforementioned entry luxury models from Mercedes, BMW and Audi.
Singapore’s Tesla models are currently exported from the company’s Gigafactory Shanghai, which also exports to nearby countries like Japan and Australia, as well as to the European market, at large. Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin is currently under construction, and when complete, it will likely free up production for Shanghai, allowing them to focus their efforts more locally.
Regardless, Tesla’s expansion into Singapore is significant, and hopefully, its deliveries do begin rolling out by mid-2021, lest the process gets pushed back even further.
Zachary Visconti is a writer with a knack for electric vehicles, technology, and climate change. Currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, Zach loves his partner, his cat, and a good cup of coffee.