S'pore-made electric supercar set for Geneva show
THE country's first supercar, the electric Dendrobium, is designed by local firm Vanda Electrics and could hog the limelight at next year's Geneva Motor Show. But it is meant for the global market, not Singapore.
The Republic is still not ready for electric cars, said Vanda chief executive Larissa Tan, 41.
"We are very proud of our Singaporean heritage, and no, we do not want to shy away from that identity," she tells The New Paper at the company's Joo Koon office.
"But to market it here is a different situation altogether. When you look at electric vehicle figures in US, China or Europe, Singapore is nowhere near."
The company has around 20 staff members and is part of Wong Fong Engineering, a family-run producer of truck-mounted cranes and other heavy machinery. It has invested $10 million in the project so far and has been collaborating with Williams Advanced Engineering in Britain to produce the two-door, two-seater car by next March.
The Williams group of companies also has a Formula One team. Vanda also makes the Motochimp electric bike and Ant Truck utility electric vehicle.