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Singapore exploring electric vehicle car-sharing programme

SINGAPORE — Authorities here are exploring introducing a new car-sharing model using electric vehicles, which will see the introduction of up to 1,000 electric vehicles as well as charging infrastructure to support their use.

Singapore exploring electric vehicle car-sharing programme

An electric car on display in Tel Aviv. REUTERS file photo

SINGAPORE — Authorities here are exploring introducing a new car-sharing model using electric vehicles, which will see the introduction of up to 1,000 electric vehicles as well as charging infrastructure to support their use.

The inter-agency Electro-Mobility Singapore (EMS) taskforce issued a Request for Information (RFI) today (Dec 8), asking for submission of proposals for “a sustainable operational and business model”. The taskforce also aims to explore whether a one way car-sharing model, in which users pick up cars at an origin and return them at a different destination, can be viable.

The taskforce, co-led by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Economic Development Board, said the trial will enable the Government to gain a deeper understanding of the operating models and support required for electric vehicles to succeed on a larger scale here.

This is the second phase towards exploring fleet-based, shared car operations. The first phase, which conducted two market perception surveys and studies on the technical and economic feasibility of electric vehicle deployment in Singapore, concluded last year.

LTA chief executive Chew Men Leong said they are also exploring whether one-way car-sharing “can possibly complement Singapore’s existing public transport system by serving as a first mile/last mile connector to public transport nodes”.

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