BlueSG VS Grab: Which Is Better For Your Daily Commute?
When it comes to our daily commuting, there are those who are willing to sacrifice sleeping 30 minutes lesser just to catch an earlier bus or MRT, and there are those who would rather spend more on their daily transportation, allowing them to sleep in longer. It totally depends on your spending capacity and there is no right or wrong when it comes to your daily commuting.
However, your choice of transport should always be subjected to these few factors.
You should revolve your choice of transportation based on how much salary you are earning. For instance, if you are an entry level executive or someone who has just entered the working society, it is not wise to be commuting via either of these options.
Is it convenient for you to get on and off your ride? Do you have a nearby drop-off charging station to park your BlueSG electric car when you reach your workplace? Else it would only be a hassle to you instead of adding convenience to your commuting journey.
The location of your workplace makes a difference as distance and duration plays a part. The faster you get to your workplace, the cheaper it would be, the shorter the distance the cheaper the fare as well. Hence, if there are charging station points near your workplace or directly beside or at the carparks of your office, BlueSG may be a viable option for you to consider.
Mode of transport
Pros and cons of BlueSG
BlueSG as we all know is an electric car sharing/rental company which gives end app users the power to drive an electric car at a affordable, yet cheap price point: $0.50/minute. So long as you have a valid driver’s license, a credit or debit card, you are good to go. Their business framework revolves around letting commuters to rent their electric cars from various prime locations, allowing them to commute from point A to point B, as and when they want. Upon drop off, drivers have to locate a nearby parking station to return and charge the BlueSG cars for the next user to utilize. This initiative taken is to primarily reduce the number of cars on the road, go economically friendly, and to add convenience to commuters who are travelling to and fro on a daily basis.
Some disadvantages that you as a driver may face is the congestion of traffic which may delay your commuting time to work, furthermore, you are not allowed to park your BlueSG cars at your office car park if it does not have a BlueSG charging station, until you locate one, the cost of per minute would be charged to you depending on how long you take to find and park the electric car back to its station. If you are rushing for work, there simply isn’t much time to be doing this. It may take up an extra of 10 – 15 minutes on top of how long you have already been late for work. This is not a good impression you would want to give your boss especially if you are a new employee to the company.
Pros and cons of Grab
Grab, which has always been quite straight forward when it comes to utilizing its application. Simply enter your destination and pick up point, there will be a designated driver on your way to pick you up. Here’s the catch, depending on the supply and demand & peak periods however, you may encounter a surge of price due to the influx of passengers who are booking through the app concurrently.
Nevertheless, if price is not of the concern and you are able to claim your transportation from your company or if you have the spending capacity to use Grab as a mode of daily commuting. Besides being a passenger, you need not worry about finding parking lots, weave your way through major jams, or looking for charging stations to return your electric car, simply alight right at the doorstep of your workplace, or the lobby of your office and off you go. Convenience is guaranteed.
Comparison between BlueSG & Grab
- No base fare
- Base fare – $2.50
Using a trip from Raffles Place to Bedok Mall as a reference to compare the prices between BlueSG and Grab, the distance is approximately 15 km apart, and during non-peak hours, you should take around 18 minutes to reach your destination. If there is a jam at major expressways, you could take up to half an hour to reach Bedok Mall, which might the distance factor for Grab.
BLUESG – $0.50 x 18 minutes = $9.00
GRAB – $2.50 + $2.88 + $7.50 = $12.90 (non-peak hours/less traffic)
GRAB – $2.50 + $4.80 + $7.50 = $14.80 (peak period: 30 minutes)
BlueSG is clearly the winner in terms of price among the both of these modes of transportation, but consumers would still take into consideration several other factors as one of them is a self-driven transport while the other is being a passenger.
Is it worth it?
It is worth noting that one; BlueSG is a self-driven mode of transport instead of being a passenger, if you have no prior experience on the road, driving itself may prove to be a challenge rather than getting to the destination on time. Detours are being taken, certain exits may be missed due to the congested traffic and by the time you reached your workplace, you need to locate a charging station to park your BlueSG car before heading to your office. Unless you have all of these figured out, we would strongly recommend you not using BlueSG as a mode of transport.
With that being said, Grab would still be a potential candidate of transport to take into consideration as it may costs slightly higher as compared to BlueSG, but the trade off here is that you get to be chauffeured around by a private car from point A to B, not including congested, complicated traffics to maneuver around by yourself. Leave the stress and worry to your experienced driver and sit back and relax your commuting.