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Published on August 17th, 2009 | by Zachary Shahan

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Singapore Jumpstarting Electric Vehicles

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August 17th, 2009 by Zachary Shahan 

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Singapore will be testbedding electric vehicles starting next year. A task-force of its leading organizations and agencies related to electric vehicles will conduct extensive work identifying the needs and possibilities of these vehicles.

The task-force is chaired by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA). It will also include the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Economic Development Board (EDB), and the National Environment Agency (NEA). The testbed will also include any auto or technology companies who are interested in the matter.

In a press release sent out earlier this year, Singapore government states that the goal of the testbed is “to examine infrastructure requirements and new business models arising from EVs, as well as to identify industry and R&D opportunities.”

The Singapore government is putting in $20 million for infrastructure development and testbedding of electric vehicles as part of this program.

Singapore seems like a perfect place for testbedding of electric vehicles. As the Chief Executive of their Energy Market Authority, Lawrence Wong, states: “Electric vehicles are an exciting new area for both the energy and transport sectors. Singapore is well-positioned for the deployment of EVs because of our compact urban environment, and robust electrical grid and IT infrastructure. The test bed will provide an open platform for companies to test out different EV prototypes and charging technologies.”

Chairman of the A*STAR Science and Engineering Research Council, Charles Zukoski, states: “A*STAR is excited to work with companies in creating the next generation technologies that will transform the transportation system through electrification…. The participating companies benefit from access to top research talent and a place to demonstrate their technologies and their business models. Singapore will benefit from more efficient energy usage and the commercial impact of the companies locating their research and demonstration projects here.”

Companies already signed up for the testbedding program through a Memorandum of Understanding include Renault-Nissan and Keppel Energy. The press release put out by the Singapore government states: “Renault-Nissan will supply EVs to the Singapore market and share its knowledge of EVs to develop common standards, while Keppel Energy will focus on developing charging stations and other infrastructure to support the test-bedding of EVs.” The taskforce and these companies are working to get the first vehicles on the road in 2010.

The program is anticipated to be a great benefit to companies and countries all around the world, but especially for those involved in the testbedding. The program is intended to go from 2010 to 2012.

For more on the electric vehicle testbedding program in Singapore, read this press release.

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    In 21st century, home, workplace, or stores etc also serve as a power station as electricity is everywhere. And cars with a full tank of fuel don’t help MPG, as well.

    In this economy, fuel price is hovering around $60 to $75 a barrel, which indicates the actual value might be much the same as the peak price last year, and it will continue to spiral up unquestionably.

    All it takes for the entire world to live in peace would be to change our antique notion as technology is already here, energy independence lies in people’s will and attitude. Today, the size and scope of investing in future energy will determine the future and fate of a nation.

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    2. What’s more, as for long trip needs, all but Americans and many of developed nations have existing automobiles, in this regard, EVs are best suited to their daily use until the infrastructure comes into wide use.

    3. The price has not yet been announced, but Nissan says it will be priced similarly to a well-equipped sedan in the vicinity of the high $20,000 and with government tax break.

    4. Manufacturing volume, innovative battery technology will drive down cost.

    5. Little maintenance fee.

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    Even excellent hybrid cars are not comparable to EVs in light of fuel economy.

    7. EVs will likely be less expensive for people to drive with low-cost nighttime charging.

    Sometimes EVs can be charged at workplaces or stores etc.

    8. Batteries will become more efficient on the whole and their price will drop, whereas the oil will simply go up and up as it becomes more scarce. As simple as that.

    9. EVs are simple and felt smoother and more torquey than the petrol models, and quiet, fun to drive.

    10. Better Place is partnering with Nissan to create the charging infrastructure and a system for swapping depleted batteries for fully charged batteries in less than 2 minutes. This can extend the range of the vehicle to hundreds of miles.

    11. Nissan has developed an IT system for its EVs, connecting the vehicle’s on-board transmitting unit to a global data centre to support EV driving 24 hours 7 days a week.

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    12. The car will charge to 80 percent within 30 minutes on a quick charger. A full charge requires eight hours on a 200V outlet.

    13. It features a timer function that will start the car’s air-conditioner or battery charging at a specified time to benefit from more favorable electricity rates by a mobile phone or the Internet, as well. An SMS can be sent when the battery is fully charged and the car ready.

    14. The 24 kilowatt hours laminated compact lithium-ion battery pack is placed under the vehicle floor for more efficient packaging. The battery layout also allows smooth underfloor air-flow which helps reduce drag.

    15. The regenerative brake system employed to recharge the battery during deceleration and braking extends the driving range to more than 160 kilometres (depending on driving style and conditions) under a full charge.

    16. Durability is achieved by employing an additional frame for the battery pack to significantly improve the rigidity of the platform.

    17. The fully-electric drivetrain features a high-performance motor and a compact lithium-ion battery with high power output and energy capacity. It has a maximum speed of 90 miles per hour.

    18. It takes a practical approach towards the family market with its tagline: “5 passengers, 5 doors” .

    19. The design is streamlined and stylish.

  • HSR0601

    Theme : Nissan Leaf will save the world, No Need For Heartbreaking Wars !

    Some say the Leaf and the i-MiEV have a cruising range of 160 km on one battery charge, that is about one-third of the distance a gas-powered car can cover on a full tank of fuel.

    In 21st century, home, workplace, or stores etc also serve as a power station as electricity is everywhere. And cars with a full tank of fuel don’t help MPG, as well.

    In this economy, fuel price is hovering around $60 to $75 a barrel, which indicates the actual value might be much the same as the peak price last year, and it will continue to spiral up unquestionably.

    All it takes for the entire world to live in peace would be to change our antique notion as technology is already here, energy independence lies in people’s will and attitude. Today, the size and scope of investing in future energy will determine the future and fate of a nation.

    1. The range of terrific EVs are sufficient to meet the daily driving needs of 95% of drivers ((The vast majority of people (95%) drive less than 160/km a day)).

    2. What’s more, as for long trip needs, all but Americans and many of developed nations have existing automobiles, in this regard, EVs are best suited to their daily use until the infrastructure comes into wide use.

    3. The price has not yet been announced, but Nissan says it will be priced similarly to a well-equipped sedan in the vicinity of the high $20,000 and with government tax break.

    4. Manufacturing volume, innovative battery technology will drive down cost.

    5. Little maintenance fee.

    6. MILES PER GALLON : MORE THAN 10 VS 1 (Leaf : 367MPG) compared with general combustion engine cars.

    Even excellent hybrid cars are not comparable to EVs in light of fuel economy.

    7. EVs will likely be less expensive for people to drive with low-cost nighttime charging.

    Sometimes EVs can be charged at workplaces or stores etc.

    8. Batteries will become more efficient on the whole and their price will drop, whereas the oil will simply go up and up as it becomes more scarce. As simple as that.

    9. EVs are simple and felt smoother and more torquey than the petrol models, and quiet, fun to drive.

    10. Better Place is partnering with Nissan to create the charging infrastructure and a system for swapping depleted batteries for fully charged batteries in less than 2 minutes. This can extend the range of the vehicle to hundreds of miles.

    11. Nissan has developed an IT system for its EVs, connecting the vehicle’s on-board transmitting unit to a global data centre to support EV driving 24 hours 7 days a week.

    The system shows the driving radius on a maximum range display under the current state of charge and calculates if the vehicle is within range of a pre-set destination. The navigation system points out the latest information on available charging stations within the current driving range

    12. The car will charge to 80 percent within 30 minutes on a quick charger. A full charge requires eight hours on a 200V outlet.

    13. It features a timer function that will start the car’s air-conditioner or battery charging at a specified time to benefit from more favorable electricity rates by a mobile phone or the Internet, as well. An SMS can be sent when the battery is fully charged and the car ready.

    14. The 24 kilowatt hours laminated compact lithium-ion battery pack is placed under the vehicle floor for more efficient packaging. The battery layout also allows smooth underfloor air-flow which helps reduce drag.

    15. The regenerative brake system employed to recharge the battery during deceleration and braking extends the driving range to more than 160 kilometres (depending on driving style and conditions) under a full charge.

    16. Durability is achieved by employing an additional frame for the battery pack to significantly improve the rigidity of the platform.

    17. The fully-electric drivetrain features a high-performance motor and a compact lithium-ion battery with high power output and energy capacity. It has a maximum speed of 90 miles per hour.

    18. It takes a practical approach towards the family market with its tagline: “5 passengers, 5 doors” .

    19. The design is streamlined and stylish.

  • Jacob

    Yeah that makes so much sense, Singapore is well situated to benefit from Electric vehicles, though I dont see why people need vehicles there at all, the public transport is awesome. Hell, re-vamping the taxi fleet, which I think might be getting a few LPG transitions already, would be incredible.

  • Jacob

    Yeah that makes so much sense, Singapore is well situated to benefit from Electric vehicles, though I dont see why people need vehicles there at all, the public transport is awesome. Hell, re-vamping the taxi fleet, which I think might be getting a few LPG transitions already, would be incredible.

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