Singapore firm rolls out electric vehicle charging points


A charging point at one of SP Group's depot that is currently in use by their own EV fleet. (TODAY photo)

SINGAPORE: Electric vehicle users can now expect to fully charge their vehicles within half an hour at 19 new charging points around the island.

The 19 50kW direct current (DC) charging points are part of utilities provider SP Group’s first wave of 38 public charging points located at commercial buildings and industrial areas, and also Singapore Polytechnic.

The other 19 are 43kW alternating current (AC) charging points, said SP Group in a statement on Wednesday, according to TODAY.

A DC charger can fully charge a car in 30 minutes, while an AC point takes up to an hour.

SP Group added that the new charging points are near amenities such as food centres, making it convenient for drivers who are waiting for their vehicles to be charged.

The company aims to build the republic’s largest public EV charging network with 1,000 points, including 250 DC charging points, by 2020.

The cost of using its charging points will be regularly adjusted based on prevailing electricity costs, added SP Group.

EV drivers can use the SP Utilities mobile application to search for the nearest available charging points, get updates on their charging sessions and make payment.

The company added that its charging point at Singapore Polytechnic will also serve as an education and research platform for the school’s engineering curriculum.

Wong Kim Yin, group chief executive officer of SP Group, said its public network will “encourage wider adoption of green mobility in Singapore and enable drivers to save cost”.


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