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Asia: NUS launches micro electric vehicle study

Ten micro electric vehicles will be zipping around the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus over the next year as part of an urban transport study launched on Thursday.

Toyota Tsusho Asia Pacific (TTAP), a subsidiary of the Japanese Toyota Group, and NUS’s engineering department will study driver behaviour and travelling patterns within NUS’s Kent Ridge campus and the adjacent University Town over the next year.

TTAP executive vice president Yasuhiro Kakihara said at the launch that the single-seater electric vehicles – called COMS – could help reduce road traffic through car sharing schemes and by enabling easier access to public transportation.

“We feel that there is an urgent need to address issues related to traffic congestion and its impact on the environment in densely populated cities such as Singapore,” he added.

TTAP is considering setting up a self-service vehicle sharing scheme for use within local neighbourhoods such as West Jurong to help solve the “First and Last Mile” issue, he said, referring to the parts of commuter journeys not covered by public transportation.

Residents could use the vehicles for getting from their homes to the MRT or the local shopping centre, he noted.
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