Singapore’s first electric car-sharing service rolls out with 80 vehicles
Car-sharing service implemented to reduce reliance on private vehicles and encourage the use of public transport…
Singapore’s first electric car-sharing service was officially launched with 80 cars and 32 charging stations available for public use across the island. Provided by BlueSG, the service marks the beginning of reducing pollution, encouraging public transport and increasing Singapore’s sustainability.
The cars are available through subscription to the service or the BlueSG app. Customers have the choice to receive a BlueSG member card or register their existing EZ-Link cards which drivers can use to book vehicles and even parking in advance.
Within a week from launching the app, 2,000 users have signed up. With two subscription plans available – a premium yearly membership which costs S$15 per month with lower rental rates of S$0.33 per minute (minimum booking of 15 minutes), and a weekly membership plan which does not require any recurring fee but charges S$0.50 per minute – BlueSG are trying to be accessible as possible.
BlueSG hopes to distribute 110 electric cars, 42 stations and 165 charging points island wide by the end of 2017. By 2020, the aim is to have 1,000 cars and 2,000 charging points.
“We are committed to making Singapore the second largest electric vehicle car-sharing service worldwide after Paris,” said Marie Bollore, Managing Director of Blue Solutions. “We look forward to working in tandem with the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to achieve urban mobility and a sustainable transport system in Singapore.”
LTA’s chief executive officer Ngien Hoon Ping added: “We also hope that the establishment of BlueSG’s charging network will encourage greater adoption of electric vehicles in Singapore as we move towards a greener and more sustainable urban transport system.”
Transport Minister, Khaw Boon Wan lauded the service as a green initiative that makes better use of resources. He said: “If BlueSG and similar ideas take off in Singapore, they will help realise our car-lite vision, enhancing our quality of life and making the city more liveable”. He added that Singapore can expect to see more electric cars and charging stations and points in future.