Singapore’s first electric car-sharing programme will be rolled out in December with the launch of 80 electric cars hitting the roads progressively. This announcement was made today by the developer and operator BlueSG.
The company BlueSG, a subsidiary of French conglomerate Bollore Group, has ambitious plans to build the world’s second largest car-sharing service in Singapore after Paris.
It signed an agreement with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) in June last year to develop an electric-car sharing programme that will see 1000 electric cars being deployed by 2020.
BlueSG said, “The plan is to roll out a total of 500 charging stations equipped with 2,000 charging points, of which 400 will be open for public use.”
However, work for the installation of the first 30 charging stations will start by end-September. It will offer 120 charging points.
Out of this, 18 charging stations will be opened in public housing estates such as Tampines, Bishan, Punggol and Queenstown. Ten stations will be situated in the city-centre and its fringes, and the remaining two stations at one-north and the Science Park.
Speaking about the launch, Marie Bollore, managing director of Blue Solutions, BlueSG’s parent company, said, “We're committed to making Singapore the second-largest electric vehicle car-sharing service worldwide, after Paris."
Lam Wee Shann, chief technology officer of Land Transport Authority, said, “December's launch will make BlueSG's car-sharing scheme integral to achieving Singapore's ambition of being a ‘car-lite’ city-state, giving the public another convenient option to commute and cutting the reliance on private vehicles.”
BlueSG also officially launched its Asia-Pacific headquarters today at the Science Park. This will be the focal point of its e-mobility, energy management and system integration business in the region which will house more than 30 staff members by year's end.