BlueSG Electric Car Sharing in Singapore
With its inception in the late 2017, Bluesg, a electric car sharing company believes that the revolutionary electric transportation is here to stay. Opening its doors to the public, offering affordable convenience to anyone who is at least 21 years of age, with a valid driver’s license. During its launch, BlueSG only has a fleet of 80 cars with around 30 stations islandwide where you are able to pick up and drop off your electric car after usage. Their end goal was to setup at least 500 stations with over 2,000 charging points to promote environmental-friendly transportation as an alternative means to complement the public transport system here in Singapore.
Equipped with the LMPⓇ technology; Lithium Metal Polymer batteries that are not only safe to use, but they also give off high energy density output. allowing users superior autonomy no matter which weather conditions they are dealt with. This battery pack installed in the blueSG car is also eco-friendly in the event of an accident as it does not comprise of any harmful chemicals, cobalt, rare earth metals, and solvents which could potentially cause pollution.
The BlueSG electric car is a hatchback two-door car with four-seaters like any typical sedan car we see on the road. The difference here is that it runs on its innovative lithium metal polymer battery and can travel up to 250 km with every complete charge. It is worthy to note that Singapore spans across from end to end 50 km from the east to the west, and 27 km from the north to south. Theoretically speaking, drivers are able to drive a BlueSG electric car around Singapore without running out of juice!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
STEP#1: REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE
Register an account with BlueSG via their website or download their BlueSG app via app store or google play store. After which, all that is required from you is a valid driver license and a credit or debit card and you are good to go!
STEP#2: RENTING YOUR ELECTRIC CAR
Locate the nearest BlueSG car via the locator map provided on their site or the app and make sure to check if they are operational or not.
Upon arrival on the BlueSG station, unlock your electric car with the above simple steps and off you go! Before embarking on your journey, it is always wise to check the current condition of the car, and do not forget to unplug the cable from the rear of the car before driving off.
STEP#3: DRIVING & RETURNING OF YOUR BLUESG CAR
If you noticed anything suspicious or defective about the electric car, there will be a blue button for users to notify the call centre immediately. Else there is nothing left but to drive and commute with your bluesg electric car. You may return them only at a nearby station where you are required to plugged the cable back to its charging port which will instantly end the rental duration.
TheSe are the two price plans that are made available from BlueSG thus far,
- 1 Year premium payment
- S$15 per month + S$0.33 per minute
The first plan suits drivers who sees themselves using these electric car often as the monthly subscription is fixed and for every hour of drive, users will incur $19.80 which is close to $20 in addition to their monthly subscription that they are forking out.
- Weekly payment
- S$0.50 per minute
Second price plan does not have a monthly fee tied to it, but users will incur slightly more as there is no fixed monthly subscription tied to this plan. A typical hour worth of drive will cost drivers $30. For new users who are skeptics or merely wanting to just try this new EV powered car, they are able to do so at an inexpensive cost.
BLUESG: SIMPLE, CONVENIENT, AFFORDABLE
Singapore is the ideal and perfect country when it comes to implementing such an initiative. It does not take hours to drive from Pasir Ris to Tampines at all, hence, the battery that these electric cars are powered with would be able to last drivers for these short distance drive. With so several means of transportation available in Singapore as BlueSG adds itself to the list of ridesharing alongside with big names like Grab, Comfort, SMRT and many more, along with the surging prices of COEs, does it make sense to own a car now?
With BlueSG, drivers need to commit their car rentals to any minimum hours or days, if they just need the use of a car to travel from point A to B, they will only be charged accordingly to the time taken. This is quite similar to the bike sharing companies such as OFO, or Mobike, that have made their mark earlier in Singapore. Besides only paying for the duration that you are driving, BlueSG does not require you to pay for parking, petrol, car insurance etc. How convenient!
In October 2018, it is reported that BlueSG has seen a significant increase in registered users doubled of what they had during their first few months of launch. 17,000 registered drivers are not able to access their innovative fleet of electric cars islandwide. Sticking through to their commitment to Singapore’s public transportation, BlueSG targets to amass a fleet of 1,000 strong vehicles and at least 2,000 charging points by the year 2020 to ease the convenience of drivers no matter which part of Singapore they are. That being said, BlueSG has also committed to the public that 20% of their charging stations would be made free for public use to promote the use of electric technology in the transportation space.
Though the idea of introducing electric cars has proven to be a better solution as compared to owning a personal car of your own, it is highly unlikely that Singaporeans would make the change as when it comes to comfortability, accessibility and convenience, it looks like BlueSG still has a lot of implementation and improvement to do before they are able to turn the heads and catch the attention of Singaporeans. However, it is without a doubt that BlueSG is here to stay and this is Singapore, transiting towards a smarter nation, an environmentally-friendly mode of transport, at the same time reducing the number of cars on the road.