The Singapore government has taken a strong stand in making sure that Singapore doesn’t become a city filled with smog. They’ve implemented a number of initiatives to curb car ownership, such as revising the short-term and season parking charges, holding car-free Sundays in certain parts of Singapore and even reducing the number of certificates of entitlements (COE) per month. This month, a new electric car-sharing scheme will be introduced next year to provide a greener option to owning a car.
To kick off this new programme, Jurong East, Ang Mo Kio and Punggol will be the first to see the installation of 50 EV stations and 250 charging points, which will cater to the first fleet of 125 BlueSG cars from the middle of next year. Commuters can book a BlueSG car through an app 20 minutes in advanced and will be charged for the amount of time used instead of the distance travelled. There is also the option of applying for a daily or annual membership.
With the right schemes and possibility of expanding this EV infrastructure to public transport, Singapore might very well be driving towards a car-lite and green-car country faster than we expect.