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Singapore: NUS to test micro electric cars for short distance travel

SINGAPORE: Some staff and students at National University of Singapore will test a fleet of micro electric cars for a year.

It is part of a research project with Toyota Tsusho (Asia Pacific).

These single seaters are planned for short distances. At a top speed of 50km/h, it has a driving range of about 35km.

And it takes eight hours to be fully charged.

Called the Toyota Auto Body COMS, it is already being used in Japan.

Professor Chua Kee Chaing, head, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, said: “This is definitely not a replacement of other cars.

“In a megacity we anticipate that there will be a lot of people needing to transit. With the personal mobility vehicle… you could use it to bring you from your home to the nearest transit system.”

As a test-bed, NUS students and professors will be sharing these vehicles around campus.

If the trial is successful, it might become a new mode of transportation.


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