Smooth, sustainable and quieter rides will be made possible when more electric vehicles hit the streets. The widespread deployment of electric vehicles, including electric public buses and electric taxis will contribute to better air quality and enhance our environment. It is part of the strategy to contribute to achieving the goals set out in Singapore’s Climate Action Plan.
Beyond buses, electric taxis are also being introduced as part of efforts to green our vehicular fleets. HDT Singapore Taxi Pte. Ltd. launched their first fleet of 50 electric taxis for trial in February 2017. They were subsequently issued a full taxi service operator license in August 2018 and thus becoming the first taxi operator in Singapore that operates a full fleet of electric taxis. Their fleet size will be increased to 800 electric taxis by July 2022.
You can make a difference to your carbon footprint by riding the bus – and even more sustainable rides are on the horizon as electric buses will be deployed for service by 2020.
These buses are part of efforts to green our land transport fleet. We have also rolled out 50 low-emission diesel hybrid buses for service during the second half of 2018 as part of a pilot to better understand the operational and technical challenges that come with the wider deployment of such buses under our tropical climate and traffic conditions.
Apart from bus deployment, LTA is preparing the workforce and working with industry partners to upgrade and upskill bus professionals through the Singapore Bus Academy.
Electric Car-Sharing Programme
To reduce the need for private car ownership and provide commuters with greener transport options, LTA, together with the Economic Development Board (EDB) awarded the nationwide electric car-sharing programme to BlueSG (a subsidiary of the Bolloré Group) on 30 Jun 2017.
Under this 10-year programme, BlueSG will deploy 1,000 electric vehicles and build a total of 2,000 charging points nationwide by 2020. Of these, 400 charging points (or 20%) will be opened for public use.