Singapore has launched its 1st large-scale car-sharing program called BlueSG. It aims to encourage the citizens to use the public transport instead of buying their own cars, thus trimming down the vehicle population in the country.
Best part? The car-sharing program uses electric vehicles (EV), which will reduce the country’s carbon footprint.
As of this writing, there are already 80 EVs and 32 charging stations available for public use, making it the 2nd biggest electric car-sharing program next to Paris. By 2020, BlueSG targets to produce 1,000 EVs and 2,000 charging points.
BlueSG is a unit of France’s Bollore Group. They utilize Bluecar — a 2-door hatchback EV that can seat up to 4 people. Powering it are lithium-metal polymer batteries that can drive up to 200 km when fully charged.
Users have 2 subscription plan options: first is the Premium Yearly Membership that has a monthly fee but costs less per minute. The other one is the Weekly Membership, which has no monthly fee but charges more.
Something that is uncertain when going out is parking space, but with the BlueSG app, users can book not just the Bluecar but it can also reserve a parking space. Another thing, the rentals will be charged based on duration instead of distance.
Do you think this is a good idea for the Philippines? Well, not when you’re travelling along EDSA.
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