Electric car-sharing may begin in mid-2017
IMAGINE stepping into an electric car in your neighbourhood carpark, driving it to multiple locations in a day and finally parking it at your last destination for someone else to use.
This could be possible from as early as the middle of next year, when the first fleet of 125 hit the road under the islandwide Electric Vehicle (EV) Car-Sharing Programme by the Land Transport Authority and Economic Development Board.
Initially, 50 EV stations and 250 charging points will be installed, with Ang Mo Kio, Jurong East and Punggol among the first Housing Board towns to have them.
Yesterday, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan officially signed BlueSG, a subsidiary of the French Bollore Group, to operate the fleet under the scheme.
By 2020, 1,000 electric cars will be rolled out across Singapore, powered by 2,000 charging points. They will be located in every neighbourhood, the Central Business District and key industrial areas.
There will be 500 BlueSG stations, of which 80 per cent will be in residential areas.
Pricing has not been firmed up yet. "We are small and our population is densely packed.
"Pollution from vehicles therefore has an especially adverse impact on the quality of our living environment and our health," Mr Khaw said at the LTA Auditorium where the 10-year contract was inked.
Said vice-president of Bollore Group Cedric Bollore: "BlueSG will not only bring a significant contribution to the quality of the environment, it will also introduce a new way of commuting in Singapore, open to everyone, extremely easy to use and affordable."
Unlike existing car-sharing operations, BlueSG will allow users the flexibility and convenience to return the EV at his destination, instead of the original location where it was picked up from.
"This is more convenient for the user and also suits the electric car which has a shorter range," Mr Khaw said.