New electric cars debut at S’pore motorshow

Slick ride: Among the new electric car models is Singapore’s first Indian-made passenger car, the Kia Seltos crossover. — The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE: Despite an increasingly uncertain economic outlook and a smaller certificate of entitlement quota this year, the Singapore Motorshow has opened across three floors at the Suntec Convention Centre – up from two last year.The show sees the arrival of several new electric models, including from Chinese-owned brands MG and BYD.

Audi will also unveil its battery-powered e-tron crossover, while Nissan is set to

show off a Tokidoki version of its Leaf electric car.

The show sees the first Indian-made passenger car in Singapore, the Kia Seltos crossover.

Other debuts include the Land Rover Defender, Jaguar XE, Toyota Altis and two plug-in hybrid cars from Volvo.

In all, there will be 20 new model launches at the show, which runs till Sunday.

Meanwhile, Singapore Power announced one-month free charging for those who buy an electric car at the show.

Oil giant Shell announced a “carbon-neutral” driving initiative, where Shell fleet customers can opt in on a programme which allows the oil firm to obtain carbon credits to offset whatever CO2 emission the customer’s fuel purchase produces.

The cost to the customer is an additional 1.5 cents a litre, which Shell Singapore chairman Aw Kah Peng said “is not a lot, to do our bit for the environment”. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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