Singapore Takes Giant Step Forward

Going forward, the Singapore Government proposes that all new buildings with parking spaces (parking lots) should install electric vehicle (EV) charging points on at least 1% of their total car and motorcycle parking spaces and sufficient electrical load to support EV charging for 15% of the total parking spaces. The Ministry of Transport and Land Transport (LTA) put on public consultation on Wednesday 15 June.

Singapore has a goal of phasing out all internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2040, with electric battery vehicles to make up the majority of the vehicle’s population. New electric car registrations accounted for 8.4% of all new car registrations in the first five months of 2022 and grew more than double last year and more than 20 times than in 2020. The total car fleet is still 97% fossil-fuel-powered vehicles.

“We see a strong incentive to introduce legislation regulating the charging of electric cars across key stakeholders in the electric charging industry, while the industry and introduction of electric cars in Singapore has still begun,” authorities said.

To make it easier for EV charging to be installed in existing strata-titled developments such as condominiums, the government is also looking at amending laws to lower the threshold for such decisions to be made. Residents of some condominiums have failed to make decisions to install EV charging points, even when a majority of residents support the move.

EVOne Charging’s CEO, Mr. Elson Toh, believes that occupants of apartments are more eager than those in any other type of housing to switch to electric cars. His company has received several requests for proposals from condominium residents in the past year, but they rarely get the necessary votes (90%) at resident committee meetings. He sees the potential that the adoption of electric cars can really pick up speed with the proposed change.

QuickCharge.sg has installed over 100 EV chargers in commercial locations and landed home since the middle of last year. Its spokesman said the company welcomed the proposed requirement to register EV chargers as it will give consumers confidence that the chargers comply with safety standards.

Australia is stepping into the steep slope of the adoption curve and would be wise to follow Singapore’s good example and encourage EV chargers for medium and high density houses.


 

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