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Electricity and gas company SP Group says it will build a network of 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Singapore by 2020 to meet public demand.
Wong Kim Yin, SP group chief executive officer, says the initiative will enable greater adoption of EVs, help its customers go green and save energy and cost.
The deployment will include 250 high-powered direct current (DC) chargers which are expected to offer power ratings up to 350kW to support EV models with bigger battery capacities and longer driving ranges.
SP’s charging points will be located at shopping centres, residential areas, business parks and industrial sites as well as coffee shops and food outlets.
An increase in the demand for EV chargers may come as no surprise given the electric taxi trials taking place in the region or set to begin in the near future.
Last week, Volocopter announced its plans to test air taxis in the country’s urban environments in the second half of 2019.
The company says its eVtols, based on drone technology, can carry two passengers for a distance of up to 30km and can manoeuvre safely around skyscrapers.
In July, ComfortDelGro tested two electric loniq taxis in Singapore. A DC fast charging station was used to supply power to the vehicles at Komoco Motors, a private local automotive company, in Alexandra.
Going forward, SP intends to extend its EV charging services to buses and other heavy-duty vehicles.