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Electric Vehicles

Quicks Facts

  • 2 Million+ Electric Vehicles Globally
  • 6 Years Average Battery Life
  • 180 Kms Average Run / Charge
  • 250 KM/h Fastest Electric Car

What is an Electric Vehicle ?

An electric vehicle is powered by an electric motor, unlike other vehicles that carry a gasoline engine. An electric vehicle is also called an electric drive vehicle that incorporates one or more electric motors to run. There are various hybrid vehicles available in the industry that carry a gasoline drivetrain and along with that, they use a battery for offering better fuel efficiency figure. On the other hand, electric vehicles run only on electricity. Electric vehicles have been around for a long time, however, in Singapore, these vehicles have not gained much popularity yet due to lack of enough charging stations, limited driving range, long charging hours, etc.

An electric motor draws energy from a controller that regulates the amount of power. These vehicles are eco-friendly and offer high fuel mileage figures. With most of the automakers in Singapore planning on including electric vehicles in their product portfolio in the country, Singaporen seems to have a bright future for electric vehicles. Homegrown auto marque Mahindra has worked hard in this field and has come up with electric vehicles like Mahindra e2o and Mahindra e2o Plus. With no tailpipe emissions, electric vehicles act as environment-friendly transport options, and also, they have a much lower ownership cost.

Top 10 Global Electric Car Brands

Brand Country Popular Model Average Price
Renault - Nissan Japan Nissan Leaf $30,000
Tesla United States Tesla Model S 85D $69,500
Baic China Baic EC180 $21,300
Zhidou China Zhidou D2 EV $21,400
Geely China Geely Emgrand EV $22,200
JAC China JAC I EV6S $23,500
Hyundai South Korea Hyundai Ioniq Electric $29,500
Zotye China Zotye Cloud EV $24,200
BMW Germany Bmw i3 $43,395
Chevrolet United States Chevrolet Bolt EV $37,495
*as of 2016

Top 10 Most Selling Electric Cars

Car Model Mileage Average Price Top Speed
Tesla Model S 85D 292 Miles $69,500 155 mph
Tesla Model X 295 Miles $98,500 130 mph
Chevrolet Bolt EV 238 Miles $37,495 91 mph
BYD e6 187 Miles $35,000 100 mph
Volkswagen e-Golf 125 Miles $31,345 85 mph
Hyundai Ioniq Electric 125 Miles $29,500 103 mph
Ford Focus Electric 115 Miles $29,120 84 mph
Bmw i3 114 Miles $43,395 93 mph
Nissan Leaf 107 Miles $30,000 93 mph
Kia Soul EV 120 Miles $32,250 90 mph

Top 5 Countries Selling Electric Cars

Country Market Share (%)*
Norway 33.1
Netherlands 5.7
United Kingdom 1.2
United States 0.8
France 0.8
*as of 2015

Top 5 Electric Cars In Singapore

Car Model Mileage* Average Price Top Speed
Mahindra e2oPlus 109 Kms 5.71 Lakh 56 mph
Mahindra eVerito 109 Kms 9.50 - 10 Lakh 53 mph
Toyota Camry Hybrid 19.16 Kmpl 31.98 Lakh 116 mph
Honda Accord Hybrid 20.83 Kmpl 37 Lakh 110 mph
Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid 57 Kmpl 1.25 Crore 155 mph
*For Hybrid Cars mileage is considered in Kmpl

Singapore Government's Policies On Electric Vehicles

E-scooters (which are a type of personal mobility device, or PMD) have recently been growing in popularity in Singapore.
The use of e-scooters on public paths in Singapore is governed by the Active Mobility Act (AMA), which fully came into effect on 1 May 2018.
Points to be noted for E-scooters:
1. Your e-scooter/PMD, should be a model approved by the Land Transport Authority (LTA)Your e-scooter/PMD must have a:
Maximum width of 70 cm
Maximum weight of 20 kg; and
Maximum speed of 25 km/h

2. If you use a non-LTA approved e-scooter/PMD, you can be fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed up to 3 months.
3. Starting from January 2019, it will be compulsory for you to register your e-scooter with the LTA.
4. From January 2021 onwards, all PMDs (including e-scooters) intended for use on public paths (more on public paths below) must comply with the UL2272 fire safety standard.
5. Under the AMA, e-scooters/PMDs can only be used on footpaths and shared paths (shared paths are also known as cycling paths). E-scooters/PMDs must not be used on roads or on pedestrian-only paths.
6. Under the AMA, e-scooters/PMDs can only be used on footpaths and shared paths (shared paths are also known as cycling paths). E-scooters/PMDs must not be used on roads or on pedestrian-only paths.
7. The current speed limits for e-scooter/PMD riders on footpaths and shared paths are:
Shared paths-25km/h
8. The Ministry of Transport intends to make it compulsory for cyclists (including e-bike riders) to wear helmets when riding on roads from early 2019. This is unless they are crossing the road as part of their journey on footpaths or shared paths.
9. E-scooters/PMDs are allowed on public buses and trains at any time of the day as long as they are kept folded at all times. They must also be pushed or carried instead of being ridden on. Your e-scooter/PMD must be smaller than 120 cm by 70 cm by 40 cm when folded

Future of Electric Vehicles in Singapore

Demand for the Segway Ninebot ES2 has increased after the Government announced on Monday that all motorised personal mobility devices (PMDs) that are not UL2272 certified will be illegal by 2021.

Since the new regulation was announced on Monday, scooters has boosted its marketing for the product, posting multiple posts on its website as well as popular online marketplace Carousell, indicating prominently that the model is UL2272 certified. E-scooters have become more popular with consumers here, in tandem with a decline in interest in motorised bicycles.

Some shops now sell hundreds of e-scooters a month, while sales of e-bikes are negligible.

Retailers say stricter rules on e-bikes, which took effect last December, have dampened interest in the devices and driven consumers to seek e-scooters instead.

The new rules stipulate, for example, that e-bikes are allowed on roads at speeds of only up to 25kmh, and only if they do not have a throttle which allows them to move without pedalling.

Mr Jeffrey Tay, owner of bike shop Foot Loops, said e-bike sales, which used to make up a third of all his sales, are now negligible. He now sells about 10 e-scooters a month, up from about three at the same time last year.

Mobot, which manufactures and sells mobility devices, says it now sells more than 400 e-scooters a month, a 30 per cent increase since the e-bike regulations kicked in.

One retailer, who declined to be named, said she has stopped ordering e-bike parts from China as customers no longer buy them. She said her e-scooter sales have gone up significantly this year but declined to give numbers.

E-bikes are generally faster and more expensive. They have a top speed of 120kmh, compared with 80kmh for e-scooters. While an e-scooter can cost from about $300 to nearly $3,000, an e-bike can cost up to nearly $5,000 for a high-end, modified model.

Battery and infrastructure are the two major areas where the government is looking into right now to bring this transformation.

Expensive batteries are one of the major reasons for the higher cost of EVs, owing to a lower demand. Though there has been a decline in the prices, from $600 per battery unit in 2012 to $250 in 2017. However, a further drop is expected to $100 by 2014 to make it cheaper than the capital cost of a petrol vehicle. The reports also suggest that government is planning to set up a manufacturing unit for batteries.

The government is planning to see 6 million electric and hybrid vehicles on Singaporen roads by 2020 under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 and Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in Singapore (FAME Singapore Scheme).