The EV market in Singapore is still relatively underdeveloped. At the end of 2017, there were only 520 EVs in Singapore (including plug-in hybrid vehicles). A majority of these EVs (298 units) were registered by car-sharing services such as BlueSG.
However, it is anticipated that these numbers will increase significantly in the near future.
Under the BlueSG Program, BlueSG Pte Ltd (a subsidiary of the Bolloré Group) will roll out a total of 500 charging stations equipped with 2,000 charging points island-wide and a fleet of 1,000 EVs. Approximately 80 cars and 32 charging stations have already been implemented.
HDT Singapore Taxi (HDT Singapore), a company which operates 100 electric-powered taxis, applied in January 2018 to the LTA to add another 800 electric taxis to its fleet. The status of the application is currently unclear. However, if approved, this would more than double the number of existing EVs in Singapore.
It is expected that 50 Volvo diesel hybrid buses will be in service in the second half of 2018. This is part of LTA’s efforts to build a more environmentally-friendly public bus fleet. According to LTA, these low-emission buses will help LTA better understand the operational and technical challenges that come with their deployment. It is also anticipated that LTA will be calling a tender to procure 60 electric buses, and that the public can expect to see the deployment of electric buses by 2019.