Our EV Vision

Singapore aims to reduce peak land transport emissions by 80% by or around mid-century. The electrification of vehicles alongside walking, cycling and taking public transport are key initiatives that will help us achieve this target.

In Singapore, where most of our power is generated from natural gas, we can be more sustainable by switching from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs). An EV emits half the amount of CO2 as compared to a similar vehicle powered by ICE. If all our light vehicles run on electricity, we would reduce carbon emissions by 1.5 to 2 million tonnes, or about 4% of total national emissions.

Under the Singapore Green Plan 2030, we have a comprehensive EV Roadmap to drive EV adoption. As EV technology matures, we expect that the upfront cost of buying an EV and ICE vehicle to be similar by the mid-2020s. The accessibility of charging infrastructure is vital for encouraging EV adoption, and we have set a target of 60,000 EV charging points by 2030. This includes working with the private sector to achieve 40,000 charging points in public carparks and 20,000 charging points in private premises. Every HDB town will also be an EV-Ready Town, with approximately 2,000 carparks to be equipped with charging points by 2025. 

Overview of EV Road Map

Overview of EV Road Map

We are committed to greening Singapore’s public transport. LTA will electrify half of our bus fleet by 2030 and achieve a 100% cleaner energy bus fleet by 2040. We have started by deploying 60 electric buses and will replace 400 diesel buses with electric buses by 2025. With these 60 electric buses, the CO2 tailpipe emissions from buses will decrease by approximately 7,840 tons annually. This is equal to the annual CO2 emissions of 1,700 passenger cars. Our taxi fleet operators have also set targets to electrify their fleet, by committing at least half of the total taxi fleet to go electric by 2030.

National Electric Vehicle Centre

National Electric Vehicle Centre (NEVC)

The National Electric Vehicle Centre spearheads the drive to promote wider EV adoption as part of Singapore’s vision to have all vehicles run on cleaner energy by 2040. 

The NEVC is led by LTA and comprises of members from different agencies, working across the government and with industry stakeholders to achieve our mission to: 

  • Accelerate the deployment of a nationwide EV charging infrastructure
  • Develop new EV regulations and standards
  • Cultivate a robust EV ecosystem in Singapore to support the transition. 

EV Road Map

To encourage EV adoption in Singapore, LTA will focus on four areas – vehicle taxes and incentives, regulations and standards, EV charger deployment and industry partnerships

In view of the improvements in vehicular efficiency, LTA implemented a downward revision in road tax for electric cars from 1 January 2021.

We aim to make it more attractive to own and use electric cars through incentives and rebates such as the EV Early Adoption Incentive (EEAI) and Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES) to narrow the upfront cost gap with ICE cars.

These incentives will lower the upfront costs of owning an electric car by up to $45,000.

Testing of EV Charging System

The Electric Vehicles Charging Act (EVCA) was passed by Parliament in November 2022 to regulate the safe charging of EVs, ensure the provision of reliable EV charging services, and expand the network of accessible charging infrastructure in Singapore. This will include:

  1. Regulating the supply and registration of EV chargers; 
  2. Licensing of EV Charging Operators; and 
  3. Mandating EV charging provisions at developments. 

Administered by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the Technical Reference 25 (TR 25) is a set of technical standards and safety precautions that governs EV charging systems in Singapore. The TR 25 has undergone review by a joint public-private working group appointed by the Singapore Standards Council from September 2020 to January 2022. The new standard TR 25:2022 will replace the previous standard TR 25:2016 following its publication in February 2022. Refer to Charging Standards for more information. 

Public Carparks

Every HDB town will be EV-ready by 2025 with close to 2,000 of the HDB carparks to be fitted with charging points. 

Private Premises

For non-landed private residences such as condominiums and private apartments, installing chargers can be a challenge as the number of residents who own EVs are likely to be small. To incentivise charger installation in these carparks, an EV Common Charger Grant has been introduced to kickstart the installation of shared charging infrastructure. 

Motorists living in private residences can work with the property owner or Management Committee to get the necessary approvals to install EV chargers in the premise. Motorists living in landed properties who wish to procure an EV charger should engage Licensed Electrical Workers (LEW) and equipment specialists to install the EV charger at their property or approach EV Charging Operators for their services.

Currently, EV Charging Operators such as Shell, Strides, ComfortDelgro Engineering, Charge+ and SP Mobility are already providing charging services islandwide, in places such as petrol stations, shopping malls, office buildings and industrial estates. 

Carparks in New Developments

We are continuously monitoring EV adoption and studying measures to ensure that new developments can provide sufficient electrical capacity for EV charging in their carparks. These new developments include upcoming HDB towns, commercial buildings and private residences such as condominiums.

As Singapore embarks on a journey to electrify our land transport system, we welcome companies to house their activities in Singapore. This will be a good chance for companies to capitalise on opportunities in the region. In Singapore, companies can perform a range of functions, including product research and development (R&D), manufacturing and headquarter services.

Today, Singapore is home to an ecosystem of mobility companies from automotive OEMs such as Hyundai, mobility service providers such as Grab and Motional, and electronics and component suppliers such as Infineon, DuraPower, Borgwarner, Continental and Denso. Local companies such as TES and SMA also undertake lithium-ion battery recycling in Singapore, ensuring that valuable materials are recovered.

Our EV ecosystem is complemented by an established pool of public research institutes, particularly for battery-related R&D. Institutes such as ERI@N, SUTD and A*STAR undertake development of new lithium-ion battery structures and materials as well as next-generation batteries such as solid-state batteries.

As we transition to EVs, new skillsets will need to be developed in support of EV maintenance and repair. LTA, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore (WSG) have worked with industry partners and training providers to establish the National EV Specialist Safety (NESS) certification and the Career Conversion Programme (CCP) for Sustainability Professionals (EV Specialists) for the industry. 

Certification Course for EV Charger Equipment Specialist

Under the Electric Vehicles Charging Act (EVCA), EV chargers must be certified as fit for charging EVs according to the requirements specified before they can be registered with LTA. During its use, EV chargers must also be periodically inspected and maintained to ensure that they are kept in good condition. Refer to the section Installation and Certification of EV chargers and the section on Inspection and Maintenance of EV chargers for more information.

The certification and periodic inspection of EV chargers must be carried out by charger equipment specialists, who are qualified personnel with knowledge on the inspection and maintenance of EV chargers.

LTA and ITE have jointly developed the Certification Course for Electric Vehicle Charger Equipment Specialist to ensure that equipment specialists are equipped with the necessary knowledge on regulatory requirements and standards for charger certification and inspection, to supplement any in-house training that these personnel may receive. It is an intermediate level course designed for personnel involved in installation, maintenance, or inspection of EV charging stations. Personnel who complete this new certification course, and pass the associated completion test, will be accredited as equipment specialists to certify and inspect EV chargers.

Basic understanding in electrical engineering and proficiency in English are required.

Course Highlights 
  • Coverage of EV charging standards in Singapore
  • Practical demonstrations of test and inspection procedures 
  • Understanding of compliance requirements 
  • Reference to TR25 and the Electric Vehicles Charging (Electric Vehicle Chargers) Regulations 2023
Fees  $85 
How to register Please email: Chew_Yong_Hui@ite.edu.sg

For more information, please refer to the Guidelines for the Installation, Certification, and Inspection of EV Chargers (PDF, 223kB). A list of certified equipment specialists will be published when ready. 

National EV Specialist Safety (NESS) Certification

The NESS certification was developed in collaboration with SSG and is recognised under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) national credential system. Those certified will be equipped with entry-level skills and knowledge in areas such as high voltage systems safety awareness along with a basic introduction to EVs. 

Eligible Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may receive course fee subsidies of up to 70% by SSG.

Please refer to the list of NESS training courses offered in Singapore below (updated as of 1 Mar 2023): 

S/N Course Title Training Provider*
1 National EV Specialist Safety (NESS) Certification  Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)
2 National Electric Vehicle (EV) Specialist Safety (NESS) Certification Course Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West
3 Electric Vehicle Technologies and Safety  Singapore Polytechnic (SP)
4  National EV Specialist Safety (NESS) Certification Course ComfortDelGro Engineering (CDGE)
5 National EV Specialist Safety (NESS) NTUC Learning Hub (LHUB)

*Parties interested in offering NESS training courses may apply to be an Approved Training Organisation (ATO). 

Career Conversion Programme (CCP) for Sustainability Professionals (EV Specialists)

The CCP for Sustainability Professionals (EV Specialists) was developed in partnership with WSG to upskill workers in EV maintenance roles. Under this CCP, companies may receive up to six months’ salary support for eligible employees when they undergo structured On-the-Job Training and the NESS certification programme. For more information on the CCP for Sustainability Professionals (EV Specialists), please visit Workforce Singapore for more details.

Interested parties may reach out via email to register interest in the CCP for Sustainability Professionals (EV Specialists)

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