Singapore officially launches electric-vehicle sharing programme

Thanks to BlueSG, 80 hatchbacks and 32 charging stations are now available for public use.
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Singapore on Tuesday launched its first electric car-sharing initiative.

Singapore on Tuesday launched its first electric car-sharing initiative.

Singapore on Tuesday launched its first electric car-sharing initiative, aimed at encouraging its residents to shy away from owning vehicles in the space-starved city state.

The programme will have 80 hatchbacks and 32 charging stations offering some 120 charging points available for public use.

It’s the 719 sq km city state’s first large-scale car sharing scheme rolled out by BlueSG, a subsidiary of France’s Bollore Group. The programme will have 80 hatchbacks and 32 charging stations offering some 120 charging points available for public use.

The initiative was launched by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan during a ceremony held at the Singapore Flyer. The programme which is supported by the Land Transport Authority and Economic Development Board of Singapore is the first step by BlueSG to put 1,000 of such zero-emission cars on the roads for public use, along with 2,000 charging points, by 2020.

The French subsidiary already has plans to increase the number of its cars to 100 by the end of the month. The specially built Bluecars – four-seaters with two doors – are slightly bigger than a smart car and were designed with Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina.

Bollore’s electric vehicles division’s managing director Marie Bollore, told newsmen that the country’s high population density backed by an impressive developed network of roads made it an ideal launch pad for the company’s foray into Southeast Asia. Ms Bollore further pledged to make Singapore the second-largest electric-vehicle sharing service worldwide after Paris.