By the middle of next year, Singapore residents will be able to zip around in electric vehicles (EVs) in heartland towns such as Ang Mo Kio, Jurong East and Punggol.
Drivers will be able to access 125 EVs and 250 charging points in these neighbourhoods; and by 2020, all housing towns will be able to share 1,000 EVs and 2,000 charging points across the country under its most ambitious EV programme to date.
Details of this initiative were unveiled on June 30 by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Economic Development Board (EDB), which signed a landmark agreement with BlueSG, a unit of Bolloré Group, to operate a nationwide car-sharing programme with a fleet of 1,000 EVs.
When fully operational, this fleet will be the second largest in the world after Paris.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, hailed the move as another step towards the country’s “car-lite vision”, which promotes the use of public transport and car-sharing to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
“The future of transport in Singapore will look very different from today. Most people will not see the need to own a car,” he said.
He noted that while car-sharing has been widely adopted in Europe and is growing rapidly in the United States, it is currently a small market in Singapore.
“Today, we have a total fleet of only 300 shared-cars and 10,000 users. We hope to see car-sharing usage rise through collaborations such as this one we are signing today,” he added.