SINGAPORE: Singapore’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network - consisting of 500 charging points islandwide - will be made available in public areas such as malls, residential areas and business parks by 2020, Singapore Power (SP) Group announced on Tuesday (Jun 19).
The network, which SP Group said will be a boost for electric vehicle adoption in Singapore, will first be rolled out with 30 charging points that will be in operation by end-2018.
“Singapore is regarded as an ideal environment for EVs as it is highly urbanised and compact,” SP Group said.
“This pervasive charging network will plug a critical gap in scaling up EV adoption in Singapore by reducing range anxiety in EV drivers,” it added.
SP Group's head for strategic development Goh Chee Kiong told media that there is a concern among drivers that their vehicles will "run out of juice" when driving from point A to point B, and the launch of a large charging network is crucial to giving these drivers "peace of mind".
In tandem with the charging points, SP also announced the launch of two tenders for the network. The tenders are for the procurement of charging hardware for both AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) chargers, and for the installation of the chargers.
The national utility company highlighted that of the 500 charging points, more than 100 will be 50kW-DC charging points, a fast charge technology that can fully charge an EV in 30 minutes.
According to SP Group, the technology allows EVs to be charged three to seven times faster than predominant EV chargers available in Singapore today, which are rated at 7.4kW.
"And that gives drivers more comfort when charging their EVs with us ... and provides them a faster turnaround time," explained Mr Goh.
MOBILE APP TO SHOWCASE CHARGING STATIONS
Additionally, the group will also be introducing an SP Group mobile application to allow drivers to locate available charging stations in Singapore.
Besides that, the application can also provide drivers with automated updates on their charging progress and electronic payment modes for use of the charging points.
"Through the app, we will be also be able to provide information to the EV drivers on whether charging has been completed as well as the charging duration of the cars," explained Mr Goh.
In terms of costs, Mr Goh explained that the pricing plan for the charging stations will be released closer to the launch of the network at the end of the year, but he confirmed that the pricing will be "tiered" based on the type of chargers.
In 2016, SP Group’s EV journey commenced when it started to convert its entire vehicle fleet to electric vehicles. As of Jun 19, the company said it has 30 EVs, with 40 charging points across 13 locations.
SP Group said the move allowed it to develop its capabilities to operate an internal charging network that will now be scaled up to a nationwide public charging network.