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Earlier this year, the Singapore Green Plan 2030 was launched. It is a whole-of-nation movement towards sustainable development, to inspire people to embrace green practices as a way of life. Aspiring towards the longer-term goal of net zero emissions, Singapore has announced its plan to phase out all internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2040, paving the way for electric vehicles (EVs) to take over the roads.
In 2015, we had a total of one fully electric car in Singapore. By the end of 2019, the EV population had grown to 1,120. Range anxiety due to the lack of charging infrastructure was the largest barrier to EV adoption, but all this is set to change. Singapore has pledged to expand the number of EV charging points from 1,600 to 60,000 by 2030, and to have at least eight “EV-Ready Towns” by 2025, with HDB car parks fitted with EV charging points. Over $30 million has been set aside for EV initiatives over the next five years, while an early adoption incentive scheme will encourage drivers to make the switch to electric.