The Singapore Government has recently decided to give electric vehicles (EV) a green light to be on the roads. It will invest S$20 million for a 3-year trial that will commence on 2010.
Electric Vehicles are not necessarily slow-moving, unsightly boxes. As demand for it increases, the design and functions become more optimised. For example, the Tesla Model S can seat 5 and has a huge boot. It reaches 100 km/h in less than 6 seconds. It can cover up to 480km on a single charge.
EVs can be started by just a single switch, instead of the normal key-turning crank on petrol/diesel cars. When stationary, EVs are silent. Just think of the electric buggy you sit on during golf session.
It is most likely that petrol pumps will soon have electric charging points for EVs. However, my feel is that it would not be sufficient to just have them there. I believe some smart entrepreneurs will see how these charging points can be installed at every HDB parking lots. This will be another booming business.
In the meantime, let’s sit back and wait for the verdict to be delivered in 2013.
Reference: The Straits Times (May 11 2009)