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Energy provider SP Group has rolled out its first batch of electric vehicle charging points in Singapore

Energy provider SP Group has rolled out its first batch of electric vehicle charging points in Singapore

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This article is contributed by Christopher Tan and a model of it first appeared in The Straits Times, an SPH publication, on January 10, 2019.

Energy provider SP Group has rolled out its first batch of electric vehicle charging points, in time for ride-hailing agency Grab to plug right into a fleet of electric automobiles. The 38 points – nineteen 43 kilowatt (kw) alternate present (AC) chargers and nineteen 50kw direct present (DC) chargers – are capable of energy up a mid-sized electric automobile inside an hour, in contrast with six to eight hours through family chargers.

SP mentioned yesterday the points are at eight places throughout the island, with all sited close to meals centres to permit drivers to take a break whereas their automobiles are being juiced up. They are the first of 1,000 charging points SP goals to launch by 2020. About one-quarter of the entire will probably be DC chargers. Users can find and entry out there charging points through the SP app, which may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.The app alerts customers when charging is accomplished, and facilitates fee through DBS and POSB playing cards. Other playing cards will probably be included quickly, SP mentioned.

The AC system will cost a mid-sized automobile in 45 to 60 minutes, whereas the DC charger will achieve this inside half an hour or so. SP mentioned it plans to introduce 350kw chargers, which might present a full cost in about 15 minutes, “over the subsequent few years”. Currently, charges are 41.four and 47.three cents per kilowatt hour for its AC and DC chargers, respectively. At these charges, SP mentioned drivers will see at the very least 50 per cent price financial savings in contrast with those that drive comparable petrol-powered fashions. But The Straits Times understands Grab can have discounted charges for drivers of its electric fleet. The firm is predicted to take supply of 20 Hyundai Kona Electric crossovers this month. These automobiles – with a variety in extra of 400km on a full cost – are half of 200 models Grab has ordered. The ride-hailing agency introduced final August that it might introduce the automobiles as half of a partnership with SP Group.

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When contacted, Hyundai agent Komoco would solely say it had bought some Kona Electric automobiles to Grab and ComfortDelGro. It will unveil the automobile on the Singapore Motorshow right now. With seven new battery-powered fashions attributable to be launched right here this yr, the share of electric automobiles is ready to rise from its at the moment negligible share of lower than 0.1 per cent.

But trade watchers mentioned customers – the overwhelming majority of whom stay in high-rises – will contemplate switching solely when a sizeable public charging community is in place. SP Group chief government Wong Kim Yin mentioned SP’s charging community will “encourage a wider adoption of inexperienced mobility in Singapore, and allow drivers to save lots of”.

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