Singapore has launched the world’s first nationwide electric car-sharing scheme in an effort to curb congestion and reduce emissions. The scheme will deploy 1,000 cars by 2020 and is part of Singapore’s plan to create a “car-lite society”. Studies show that every car-sharing vehicle has the potential to taken ten privately owned cars off the road.
Results & Impact
BlueSG is scheduled to deploy 125 electric cars by mid-2017 and 1,000 electric vehicles by 2020. The program expects to create around 250 jobs
Singapore's Land Transport Authority, the Bolloré Group
The Bolloré group will operate the scheme for ten years and install 2,000 charging points across Singapore, up to 20% of which will be available for public use. The Singaporean government will then take over operations, and make all charging points available to the public. It will be the first nationwide electric car-sharing program that allows users to pick a car up at their starting point and drop it off somewhere else
Cost & Value
Land Transport Authority reports no challenges thus far, but say that there are bound to obstacles in the program's early stages as it requires coordination across multiple departments: transport, housing, urban planning, and electricity
Singapore has launched the world’s first nationwide electric car-sharing scheme to ease congestion and cut emissions.
Some 125 cars and 250 charging points will be introduced in mid-2017, with 1,000 cars being deployed throughout the island by 2020.
“The BlueSG program will provide commuters with an additional form of point-to-point mobility, especially for trips where taking public transport or taxis may not be as convenient,” said Harmesh Singh Dhillon, Deputy Manager of the Land Transport Authority’s Electro-Mobility Office. “It will play an important role in our efforts to create a car-lite society, as car-sharing enables more people to have occasional access to the use of a car, without having to own one. Studies have shown that every car sharing vehicle has the potential to take ten privately owned vehicles off the road.”
The scheme is a public-private partnership between the Land Transport Authority, the Economic Development Board and manufacturers the Bolloré Group. Both the public and private sector are providing funds, but they have so far declined to say how much.
The Bolloré group will operate the scheme for ten years and install 2,000 charging points across Singapore, up to 20% of which will be available for public use. The Singaporean government will then take over operations, and make all charging points available to the public.
The BlueSG programme will debut in mid-2017, with 125 cars and 250 charging points introduced in the towns of Ang Mo Kio, Jurong East and Punggol. One thousand cars will be deployed throughout the island by 2020. It will be the first nationwide electric car-sharing programme that allows users to pick a car up at their starting point and drop it off somewhere else.
The electric cars produce fewer emissions and are quieter than standard vehicles, something that authorities in Singapore believe will improve quality of life on the densely populated island. Once the charging infrastructure is in place, it may be extended for taxis and buses.
The car-sharing programme is expected to create about 250 jobs in its first five years. BlueSG and the EDB will also collaborate to create a Global Innovation Centre for research and development “catered to positioning Singapore as a regional leader in electric mobility and energy management technologies,” said Singh Dhillon.
According to 2015 government data, Singapore contributes only 0.11% of global emissions, but it ranks 26 out of 142 countries in terms of emissions per capita due. In 2005, the government pledged to reduce its emissions by 36% by 2030.
Car-sharing reduces household car ownership by allowing people occasional use of a car, according to research by UC Berkley’s Transportation Sustainability Centre. The Centre studied the largest one-way car-sharing company in North America, car2go, and found that the service kept 28,000 private cars off US roads over three years.
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