Electric car-sharing plan starts on Dec 12, with 80 vehicles

The first fleet of electric cars for a public car-sharing scheme will go on the road on Dec 12, 2017.
The first fleet of electric cars for a public car-sharing scheme will go on the road on Dec 12, 2017.ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

SINGAPORE - After years in the planning and a number of delays, the first fleet of electric cars for a public car-sharing scheme will go on the road on Dec 12.

A total of 80 cars will be available at its launch, said BlueSG, the company behind the cars.

On Monday (Dec 4), BlueSG said there will be two subscription plans - a premium yearly membership plan priced at $15 per month; and a weekly membership plan which does not require any recurring fee.

Interested parties can sign up and register on www.bluesg.com.sg. The first 1,000 to confirm their subscription by Dec 11 "will enjoy special incentives".

BlueSG, a subsidiary of French transportation company, the Bolloré Group, said it is "in the midst of finalising the BlueSG mobile app, which can be downloaded on the App Store and Google Play from Dec 5".

Users can book their Bluecar via the mobile app and rentals will be charged based on duration instead of distance.

A total of 30 BlueSG stations offering 120 charging points will be rolled out islandwide by the end of this year. Of the 30, 18 are located in public housing estates such as Tampines, Bishan and Punggol, while 10 are situated in the city centre. Two others are within the industrial and commercial estates at one-north and the Science Park.

  • Plugging in: Timeline of Singapore's first large-scale electric car-sharing scheme

  • November 2014
    Plan announced

    February 2015
    Request for Information closed

    May 2016
    Plan mentioned in Parliament

    July 2016
    Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan announced that scheme will start in mid-2017 with 125 cars

    February 2017
    Operator BlueSG says scheme will start in August with 10-20 cars

    September 2017
    Start date moved to December

    Dec 4, 2017
    Start date confirmed for Dec 12, with 80 cars planned
     

BlueSG aims to have 1,000 electric vehicles in the sharing fleet, and 2,000 charging points by 2020. The scheme here is slated to become the world's second-biggest electric vehicle car-sharing programme after the one in Paris, which has more than 4,000 cars.