SMRT buys China-made electric cars for its fleet of taxis

300 MG 5 station wagons to be rolled out from this month; deal likely around $30m

An artist's impression of the MG 5 taxi in SMRT colours. The Straits Times understands that SMRT will peg the rental lower to encourage drivers to take up the greener cabs. Fares are also likely to be slightly lower than its rates for Toyota hybrids.
An artist's impression of the MG 5 taxi in SMRT colours. The Straits Times understands that SMRT will peg the rental lower to encourage drivers to take up the greener cabs. Fares are also likely to be slightly lower than its rates for Toyota hybrids.PHOTO: SMRT

Transport group SMRT will roll out its first fleet of electric taxis this month, a move that spearheads its ambition to have a fully electric fleet by 2026.

The Temasek-owned group, which operates the third largest cab fleet in Singapore with around 1,780 vehicles, after market leader ComfortDelGro and runner-up Trans-Cab, has placed an order for 300 China-made MG 5 station wagons.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2021, with the headline 'SMRT buys China-made electric cars for its fleet of taxis'. Subscribe