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    May 10, 2016

    Khaw: 2,000 charging points to be installed islandwide for electric car-sharing scheme

    TWO thousand charging points will be set up in Singapore for an islandwide electric car-sharing programme.

    Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament yesterday that the Land Transport Authority and the Economic Development Board had earlier issued a Request for Information (RFI) to invite proposals for such a scheme.

    He revealed that the programme would see 2,000 charging points "across Singapore". But he gave no indication of when it would be launched, saying only that "the proposals are in the final stages of evaluation".

    According to the RFI, up to 20 per cent of the 2,000 points may be accessible to non-participants of the car-sharing scheme.

    Terence Siew, product manager at homegrown charging solutions firm Greenlots, said 2,000 points for a planned fleet of 1,000 cars was "a good ratio to start with".

    There are currently two main types - one for American and Japanese vehicles, and one for European.

    Today, there are more than 100 charging points in commercial and residential buildings as well as in public spaces. But only half are switched on.

    According to LTA data, there are only about 120 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles here.

    Sun Xueling (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) asked the minister if the Government would consider using electric vehicles for public transport, citing London's launch of a fleet of battery-powered double-decker buses in March.

    Mr Khaw said: "We will try to make use of all this new technology."