18% of Singapore’s new cars are EVs, fast charging is expanding


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Singapore continues to advance the electric vehicle infrastructure, as the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment (MSE) announced that one-third of the car parks under Housing and Department board (HDB) are now equipped with fast-charging stations. It is anticipated that in the future, this will become a standard feature for all HDB estates.

At present, most public housing car parks are equipped with regular charging stations, providing overnight charging services for personal electric vehicles for 6 to 8 hours. This allows a driving range of approximately 300 kilometers, calculating based on an average daily driving distance of 50 kilometers, a single charge can last for 5 to 6 days.

Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for MSE, believes that while regular charging stations can meet the needs for most drivers, fast-charging stations remain necessary, especially for electric vehicles with higher mileage, including taxis, rental cars, and commercial vehicle.

Amy Khor stated, “30 minutes to an hour can provide their electric vehicles with an extra of 100km to 200km mileage”.

In Singapore, the proportion of new cars using cleaner energy surpassed 75% for the first time in last November, and the number of new electric cars accounted for 18.2% of the total new car registrations. Compared to 2021, this marks a significant increase of nearly 15%.

Locations that have newly added fast-charging stations including Toa Payoh in the Central region of the country and the Oasis Terraces in Northeast region, Punggol.

The fast-charging station located in Toa Payoh is operated by the multinational company, Shell Singapore. In addition to provide 120 kW direct current (DC) charging, it also has 22 kW alternating current (AC) charging capabilities, with the ability to charge up to 6 electric vehicles simultaneously. On the other hand, the fast-charging stations at Oasis Terraces is operated by SP Mobility, provide charging services for up to 6 electric vehicles with 22 kW alternating current charging and 100 kW direct current charging.

The Singapore government aims to build 60,000 charging stations by 2030, including 40,000 public charging stations. As of January this year, there are already 700 public housing car parks equipped with charging stations, totaling 2,400. Khor has announced that the government plans to introduce more projects for fast-charging stations in the future.

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