Singapore: Electric vehicles accounted for 8.4% of all new vehicle registrations in the first five months of the year, more than double the overall 2021, said Wednesday (June 8) Transport Minister S Iswaran. ..
Compared to the whole of 2020 just two years ago, 8.4% represents a 20-fold increase.
Citing these statistics, Iswaran shows how Singapore’s efforts to drive all vehicles with cleaner energy by 2040 are paying off.
“We hope this momentum will accelerate,” he said in a keynote speech at Eco’s Superior Week, an annual sustainability conference hosted by Temasek.
He addressed the common concerns of electric vehicle owners and repeated the goals that the government had already set to strengthen Singapore’s charging network-by 2025 equipped with electric vehicle (EV) chargers 2,000 Public residential parking lots and a network of 60,000 chargers by 2030.
“In short, we want to get our anxiety out of scope,” Iswaran said.
Earlier this year, Iswaran announced a goal of reducing land transport emissions (currently 15% of Singapore’s total emissions) by 80% from the peak of 2016 to the middle of the century.
He said industry partners are stepping up efforts to increase EV adoption.
Among them is Surbana Jurong, which is working with the SP Group to build an EV charging hub at its new global headquarters in the Jurong Innovation District. When completed, it will accommodate 250 EV charging lots and will be the largest charging hub in Southeast Asia, Iswaran said.
The Minister also talked about efforts to decarbonize Singapore’s heavy-duty population as part of a broader promotion to green transport.
In addition to the goal of introducing 3,000 electric public buses (half of all vehicles) by 2030, Iswaran is a logistics company that uses tax incentives to transform vehicles into a cleaner energy model. Examples of industry players such as are also shown.
“Fleet operators such as DHL, Bollore and Kuehne + Nagel are at various stages of piloting and deploying EVs in Singapore for the delivery of goods,” he said.