Singapore: Electric Buses & Cars for Public Transport
Singapore plans to deploy new fully electric buses for public transportation by 2040.
As part of a whole-of-nation movement to advance Singapore’s national agenda on sustainable development by 2030, Singapore is deploying new fully electric buses for public transportation. This is part of the longer-term goal for all of Singapore’s 5,800 public buses to run on cleaner energy by 2040, including electric and hybrid buses.
These new buses supplied by ST Engineering Mobility Services are charged using overhead pantograph chargers that have a power rating of up to 450kW and take 30 minutes to fully charge a bus that has a range of 130 kilometers per charge. Electric bus fleets have 50% less emissions than diesel buses and have 50% fuel cost savings per kilometer. Electric buses are also 3 decibels quieter than diesel buses.
To encourage more Singaporeans to purchase electric cars, Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be installing 620 electric vehicle charging stations at public carparks island-wide over the next 12 months, with plans to generate additional solar power from transport infrastructure.
To improve the transportation system for the future, LTA is looking into ways to build one that can cope with challengers that may arise in the future and develop new solutions to improve the current system.
Standards for autonomous vehicles will enhance critical areas such as operational safety in software design, machine learning, and cyber security. The Singapore Government will continue to work with the industry to improve the capabilities of workers to deepen the skills of local rail engineering professionals.