SINGAPORE (June 18):

Elon Musk, the American billionaire entrepreneur who is revolutionising transport in space and on the ground through Space X and Tesla respectively, caused a minor stir here recently. In a tweet on May 26, Musk effectively accused Singapore of being unsupportive of electric vehicles (EVs). The Straits Times then published an open letter by its senior transport correspondent in defence, calling out Tesla for relying on subsidies and writing that the company should make its cars cheaper. “Even your latest Model 3 — supposedly a more affordable model — is beyond the budget of most non-millionaires after options are added,” wrote Christopher Tan on June 2.

Musk later countered in a tweet: “The results speak for themselves. Singapore is a very prosperous city and yet has very few electric cars.” He also added: “Why have policies that promote a combustion vehicle fleet in a dense city environment?”

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