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Testing of electric cars in S’pore moves into second phase

The study of whether electric vehicles are feasible for Singapore roads is set to move into its second phase. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said this could involve car-sharing and commercial fleets.

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SINGAPORE: The study of whether electric vehicles are feasible for Singapore roads is set to move into its second phase.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said this could involve car-sharing and commercial fleets.

The LTA said that data collected from the initial two-and-a-half-year test-bed period, which ended in December last year, could be used to plan further trials.

LTA andf=” the Energy Market Authority are leading the testing process.

But some stakeholders question if the government is being over-cautious in driving the scheme.

Electric vehicles have gained traction in the last decade or so.

They are made from recyclable materials, and have zero tail-pipe emissions, which helps the environment.

Experts also said electric cars could cost about a third to a quarter of a normal vehicle in running costs. To run an electric vehicle, it costs about S$5 in electricity per 100 kilometres. To run a comparable petrol vehicle, it costs about S$20 in petrol costs per 100 kilometres.

Electric cars are also quiet and offer a smoother ride.
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