Published on : Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Electric car sharing programme hits in the roads of Singapore in large scale which is helping to provide commuters with more transport options and steer them away from the need to buy their own cars.
This newest car service which will be run for a decade by Blue SG, a unit of Bollore Group of France is a part of Singapore’s plans to diminish the number of vehicles on its roads and encourage the use of public transport.
The city-state of many tourism destinations, Singapore is one of the world’s most expensive places to own a car, said in October it would not allow any net growth in its car population from February next year citing the shortage of land and the push to develop its public transport system.
Singapore has the well-maintained roads and relatively smooth traffic conditions. It has also been encouraging the testing of various self-driving technologies. Bollore operates similar electric vehicle sharing plans in the other cities including Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon in France, Indianapolis and Los Angeles in the United States and Torino in Italy.
There are about 80 cars and 32 charging stations are available for public use, said Blue SG.
It aims to roll out a fleet of 1,000 electric vehicles and 2,000 charging points by 2020. BlueSG said.
The service of Singapore will become the world’s second-biggest electric car-sharing program after Paris.
The official statement led Blue SG did not show how much the project costs. The government of Singapore has provided some funding for the program’s infrastructure.
The cars feature that there are two-door hatchbacks that carry four people running on lithium-metal polymer batteries that drive up to 200 kilometers on a full charge. The passengers can subscribe to one of two membership plans and will be charged either S$0.33 per minute with an annual subscription or S$0.50 per minute. The rate per minute is similar to prices in Paris for Autolib car-sharing service. There are about 2,000 members had registered to the service ahead of the launch. Singapore tightly controls its vehicle population by setting an annual growth rate and through a system of bidding for the right to own and use a vehicle for a limited number of years. There is a mid-range car in Singapore can typically cost four times the price in the United States of America.