Singapore Home to Only 3 Registered Plug-In Vehicles

JAN 23 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 2

The official data is in: only 3 plug-in vehicles are registered in all of Singapore.

And One ActiveE

And One ActiveE

Those vehicles, a Tesla Roadster, a retrofitted BMW (possibly a BMW ActiveE) and a three-wheeled Corbin Sparrow are the only non field trials EVs registered in Singapore out of a total vehicle population of 618,000.

This data comes to us via Asia One who states the following:

“Battery-powered vehicles arrived in Singapore two years ago, but motor traders cite high costs and the unavailability of charging infrastructure as the main reasons for the near-zero take-up by consumers. To date, four manufacturers have brought in electric models for a test-bedding exercise led by the Energy Market Authority (EMA).”

Those four manufacturers include Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Smart.  Apparently, 71 “test-bed” EVs are on the roads of Singapore today, but those vehicles don’t get included in official registration data.

In a future report, we’ll cover why Singapore is a perfect place for EVs and we’ll discuss what’s being done there right now to increase EV uptake.

3 today…but soon there will be thousands.

Source: Asia One

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2 Comments on "Singapore Home to Only 3 Registered Plug-In Vehicles"

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Singapore is almost unbelievably car-unfriendly by policy, for better or worse. If they want to increase EV uptake they need to make EVs exempt from a large # of duties, taxes, fees, licensing/plate requirements, etc.

When I visited Singapore, it appeared that most residents dwell in apartments where EV charging would likely be a challenge, so a public charging infrastructure and subsidized apartment parking stall EVSE installation would be important. Still, there are many more than 3 Singapore residents who dwell in homes where EVSE installation should be trivial. Insufficient income, cold weather, and insufficient EV range on the small Singapore island certainly aren’t problems, so other policies must make EV ownership unattractive.