26 Jun '11, 4am

Singapore launches electric car test bed #electriccar

Singapore launches electric car test bed #electriccar

SINGAPORE - After a year's delay Singapore has finally launched its first electric vehicle (EV) trial today. The test bed will gauge the feasibility of large-scale adoption of EV here and weigh the different EV prototypes and charging technologies for use here given the urbanised environment and road conditions. This is key because the range of an EV depends on factors such as highway or city driving and the usage of air-conditioning. The hotter and more humid climate here means EVs potentially can have a shorter range than the manufacture's stated claim. Data gathered during the test bed will be used to guide the planning for EVs' future deployment, including the optimal ratio of charging stations to vehicles. It will launch with three outdoor and two indoor charging stations, deployed at accessible locations for the pioneer batch of EV users. Five Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and ...

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