On 30 June 2016, BlueSG Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Bolloré Group, signed an agreement with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Economic Development Board (EDB) to operate BlueSG, a nationwide car-sharing programme with a fleet of 1,000 EVs. Bolloré Group is the world’s largest EV car-sharing operator, with operations in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon in France, Indianapolis in the US and Turin in Italy.
Singapore launches Nationwide Electric Vehicle Car-Sharing Programme
BlueSG will be the first large-scale, one-way EV Car-sharing Programme in Singapore. Unlike the more typical two-way model, users can enjoy the flexibility and convenience of picking up cars at the starting point of their journey and returning them at their destinations instead of the conventional model where the user has to return to the original location to return the car.
Under the agreement, BlueSG Pte Ltd will operate the programme for ten years and install an island-wide EV charging infrastructure of 2,000 charging points, of which up to 20% will be available for public use. These charging points will form the foundation for Singapore’s future EV charging infrastructure to support the use of EVs in Singapore.
The EV car-sharing programme will be rolled out progressively across Singapore, with the first batch of 125 Bluecars and 250 charging points to be introduced in HDB towns such as Ang Mo Kio, Jurong East and Punggol by mid-2017. All 1,000 electric vehicles will be deployed by 2020 and you’ll be able to find them in every HDB town.
As part of the programme, BlueSG Pte Ltd will undertake new high-value economic activities and create about 250 jobs in Singapore in the first five years of the programme. In addition, BlueSG Pte Ltd will set up a Global Innovation Centre to undertake R&D work in the areas of mobility and energy management solutions, and establish its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore to oversee its e-mobility, energy management and system integration business for the region.
BlueSG Pte Ltd will also position its EV fleet and charging infrastructure as the world’s first Open Innovation Platform that involves a large-scale vehicular fleet, and partner local and foreign companies and research organisations to develop, test and commercialise cutting-edge mobility and energy management solutions such as next-generation charging technologies, intelligent transport systems and self-driving vehicles.
- 30 June 2016