14 May How to use an electric car that is under the car-sharing programme by Mid 2017?
BlueSG, a subsidiary of French conglomerate Bollore Group was choosen among 13 competitors to launch a nation wide electric car sharing programme by mid 2017. 1000 vehicles are set to be deployed progressively in Singapore, with the first batch of 125 electric cars and 250 charging points to be introduced in towns like Ang Mo Kio, Jurong East and Punggol by mid next year.
BlueSG will operate the programme for 10 years and install 2,000 charging points for electric vehicles island-wide. Up to 20 per cent of these will be available for public use, LTA and EDB said.
Here’s how to use an electric car under the car sharing programme
- Apply for a membership card at BlueSG
- Book a car at the parking space online or by using an smart phone app
- Tap membership card on the charging station
- Unplug charger from the electric car
- Hop in and you are ready to go
Sources said that a 15 minutes drive will cost less than $10/- and you can return the car at your destination instead of the original pick up point.
This programme is said to enables more people to have occasional access to the use of a car, without having to own one. To those who can’t afford to own a car, it is a good alternative to drive occasionally without having the burden of owning a car. But how will it impact industries like taxi, uber and automobile sellers? We will have to wait when it is fully introduced.