Transitioning to EVs

Thinking of transitioning to an Electric Vehicle? Please refer to the categories below for more information.

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All new car registrations will have to be of cleaner-energy models from 2030. Cleaner-energy models include electric, hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell cars. We will also stop new diesel car registrations from 2025.

Incentives for Cleaner-Energy Vehicles 
Incentive  Details
EV Early Adoption Incentive (EEAI)    From 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023, newly registered electric cars and taxis will receive a 45 per cent rebate off the Additional Registration Fee (ARF), capped at $20,000. To further lower the upfront cost of owning an electric car/taxi, from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023, we have lowered the ARF floor from $5,000 to $0.                                        
Enhanced Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES)  

From 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023, the rebates for vehicles in both Bands A1 and A2 will be increased by $5,000 for cars, and $7,500 for taxis. A car in Band A1 will enjoy a $25,000 rebate, and a car in Band A2 will enjoy a $15,000 rebate.

To encourage the take up of more EVs, motorists who buy cleaner vehicles will be entitled to increased concessions of up to $25,000, while those purchasing more pollutive vehicles have to pay more.

Commercial Vehicles Emissions Scheme (CVES)

Commercial vehicles are categorised into three bands resulting in a $15,000 surcharge for the most pollutive vehicles to $15,000 incentive for the least pollutive vehicles.

This encourages buyers to choose commercial vehicle models that have lower emissions across the identified pollutant categories, effective from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2025.

Enhanced Early Turnover Scheme (ETS)

From 1 April 2021, existing Euro 4 Cat C diesel vehicles will also be eligible for the ETS incentive.

This increases the number of commercial vehicles eligible for the ETS incentive to encourage turnover to cleaner alternatives.

In addition to the incentives above, we have also revised the road tax framework and increased the maximum power output threshold of Category A COE cars to make EVs more attractive. From 1 January 2022, road tax for fully electric cars in the 90-230kW bracket will be reduced, to ensure that electric and ICE cars of similar makes and luxury level pay similar road tax. Category A Maximum Power Output threshold for electric cars will be revised from 97kW to 110kW to allow more mass market electric cars to come under Category A. 

Publicly Accessible Charging Points 

You can now find out more about publicly accessible charging stations in Singapore, including the real-time availability of EV charging points, through the MyTransport.SG (iOS | Android) mobile application. Information on more than 2,900 publicly accessible charging points at over 800 locations across the island are just a few taps away!

EV users can also look forward to more publicly accessible charging points. A pilot tender for EV charging points at public carparks was awarded in 2021. It covers the installation and operation of more than 600 EV charging points at over 200 public carparks across Singapore and will be completed by March 2023. A large-scale tender has also been launched for the deployment of publicly accessible charging points across nearly 2,000 HDB carparks. This will enable the deployment of an additional 12,000 charging points by 2025, in tandem with the increase in demand.

LTA requires car dealers to have every new make and model of vehicles to be type approved and to meet technical requirements before use on the roads. Please refer to the information below for more details. 

Additional Information

To future-proof developments to support the charging needs of a largely electrified vehicle population in steady state, developments that undergo specified building or electrical works will be required to provide for EV charging under the Electric Vehicles Charging Act (EVCA).

Specified works for provisions by developments  

These specified works are: 

  1. Building works that (i) erect or re-erect a building or (ii) increase the approved gross floor area (GFA) of a developmnet by at least 50%; and 
  2. Electrical works that result in an approved electrical load of more than 280 kilo-volt ampere (kVA). 
Minimum EV charging provisions required 

This requirement will apply to developers of specified building works, and development owners of specified electrical works. Developers/development owners will be required to install the following EV charging infrastructure:

  1. Electrical infrastructure (i.e. at the consumer switch room(s) and/or substation(s)) to supply power exclusively to EV charging points within the development, with at least 1.3kVA catered for each car and motorcycle parking lot in the development (‘passive provision’);
  2. EV charging points that are fully wired and ready for use by EVs, where the total electrical load or power of all EV charging points installed must be at least 20% of the passive provision required (‘active provision’). These can comprise a mix of charging points with different power ratings, depending on user needs.
Developments not subjected to EV charging requirements

The requirements for active and passive provisions do not apply to the following categories of developments

  1. Any building or electrical works carried out by or on behalf of the Government on State land;
  2. Any building or electrical works carried out by or on behalf of any public authority on land owned by that public authority; or
  3. Any building or electrical works carried out in connection with any development specified in Part 4 of the Schedule to the Parking Places (Provision of Parking Places and Parking Lots) Rules 2018;

The requirement for active provision does not apply to any building or electrical works that would result in fewer than 8 parking lots within the parking place of the development.

For more information, please refer to the Guidelines for the Minimum EV Charging Provisions in Developments (PDF, 673kB).

To ensure EV charging network reliability, EV charging operators (EVCOs) who provide EV charging services or operate EV charging stations serving members of public (e.g. chargers in condominiums used by residents and/or visitors) will be required to obtain a licence under the EVCA. This will include EVCOs who provide the following services:

  • Hiring out fixed chargers
  • Providing EV battery swapping services
  • Renting out non-fixed chargers

Chargers operated by landed homeowners to charge their households’ vehicles, or chargers operated by fleet owners to charge vehicles in their fleets do not require a licence. Operators who operate EV chargers on behalf of fleet owners or landed homeowners will still be required to obtain an EVCO licence.

Licences are valid for a period of 3 years and can be renewed upon its expiry.

For more information, please refer to the Guidelines for the Licensing of EV Charging Operators (PDF, 549kB).

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