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Over 3,300 sign up for S’pore electric car rental service


Popularity surge: BlueSG electric car-sharing vehicles plugged to charging stations during their launch in Singapore. — Reuters

Popularity surge: BlueSG electric car-sharing vehicles plugged to charging stations during their launch in Singapore. — Reuters

SINGAPORE: More than 3,300 people have signed up for electric car-sharing service BlueSG, with 5,000 rentals in its first three weeks of operation here.

BlueSG, which launched in Singapore on Dec 12 with 80 vehicles and 32 charging stations, announced this in a media release yesterday.

Franck Vitte, managing director of BlueSG, said he was “very encouraged and heartened by the overwhelming response”.

He added: “We are looking at quickly deploying more stations island-wide as requested by a high number of Singapore residents”.

The firm had earlier said that it had received more than 100 rentals in its first three hours of service after the launch.

Users can rent one of the 80 battery-powered hatchbacks, drive to their destinations, and drop the car off at any of the 32 charging locations in housing estates, the city, one-north business park and Science Park.

By 2020, the goal is to have 1,000 of such green cars, along with 500 charging locations offering 2,000 charging points – making BlueSG the second-largest electric-car sharing programme in the world.

About 80% of the charging points are expected to be in residential areas, with 20% of all points to be made available for members of the public to charge other private electric cars.

BlueSG is a subsidiary of the Bollore Group, which also has about 4,000 electric vehicles under the Autolib car-sharing service in Paris, France. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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