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Date [ 2014-12-19, 05:09 ]

This could very well become a new trend.

A colloboration with Toyota.

(Singapore=Koreanpress) Benjamin Kim = The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Economic Development Board (EDB) announced on December 8, 2014, they plan to introduce an electric vehicle (EV) car-sharing programme. This will see the introduction of up to 1,000 EVs and the charging infrastructure to support their use.

The inter-agency Electro-Mobility Singapore (EMS) taskforce co-led by LTA and EDB has issued a Request for Information (RFI). The trial will enable the Government to gain a deeper understanding of the operating models and support required for EVs to succeed on a larger scale in Singapore. At the same time, through the trial, the EMS taskforce 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 for Singapore.

The taskforce welcomes the submission of proposals for a sustainable operational and business model. Interested parties can access the document on the Government Electronic Business (GeBiz) platform and are to submit their proposals by February 27, 2015.

Singapore concluded the first phase of the national EV test-bed focused on individual corporate users last year. The EMS taskforce will now expand the scope of the test-bed in the second phase to explore fleet-based, shared car operations. Compared to privately-owned EVs, EV shared-car fleets have the potential of reaping economies of scale with higher daily mileage and potentially lower running cost.

EV Phase 2 Test-bed will also allow the taskforce to gain a better understanding of the optimal charging infrastructure required to support widespread usage of EVs. It will thus facilitate the development of a large-scale charging infrastructure, laying the foundation for a nationwide infrastructure necessary to support the future proliferation of EVs.

 Mr. Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director of EDB said, “The EV car-sharing programme aims to provide a sizeable platform for complementary industry players in the e-mobility ecosystem to develop, test and commercialise innovative e-mobility solutions.

The pilot will help Singapore to be a regional leader in developing new technologies and innovative business models in the electric vehicles and associated charging infrastructure landscape. This is also aligned with Singapore’s position as a Living Lab to develop smart-sustainable city solutions that can eventually be exported to other cities in Asia and beyond.”

Said LTA’s Chief Executive, Mr. Chew Men Leong, “As we work towards a ‘car-lite’ society, car-sharing is one way to support a lifestyle that doesn’t require one to own or maintain a car, and where the majority of daily commuting is on public transport, and the occasional travel which would be more convenient by car such as family outings on weekends or bulk shopping, can be enabled through participation in a car-sharing programme.

We are also evaluating if 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.”

An EV on test drive.

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