Singapore’s electric vehicle test-bed taking shape


Singapore — (METERING.COM) — October 29, 2010 – Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) has recently launched various activities to ready the island country for electric vehicles (EVs).

The EMA, together with the Land Transport Agency (LTA), which together lead the inter-agency Electric Vehicle (EV) Taskforce, have appointed Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte Ltd to design, develop, deploy, operate and maintain Singapore’s EV charging infrastructure as part of the EV test-bed program. Bosch will be collaborating with local partners SingTel – on the communications interface – and Greenlots – on the charging network – to deliver an integrated infrastructure solution for EVs.

Initially the charging stations will cater to the first batch of Mitsubishi i-MiEVs being brought in for the test-bed. The Taskforce is also in talks with Renault-Nissan to provide EVs to the Singapore market in 2011 and EV models from other automotive manufacturers are also expected to become available.

Bosch will deploy 25 normal charging stations, which provide full charge within 8 hours, and one quick charging station, which provides full charge within 45 minutes. As each EV user in the test-bed will be supported by a normal charging station, Bosch will work closely with them to site the locations of these charging stations. The quick charging station will be sited at a location which the EV users can conveniently access.

The EMA has also awarded funding to two EV projects, as part of the country’s inaugural Smart Energy Challenge.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) in conjunction with ST Kinetics was awarded funding for the development of an intelligent high performance battery system for EVs. The time required for fast charging of the Li-ion battery pack of an EV is presently up to 45 minutes, and the aim is to reduce this to a matter of minutes – about the same as to refuel a petrol vehicle.

The Institute for Infocomm Research (A*STAR) in partnership with SP PowerGrid and AddValue Technologies was awarded funding to investigate cyber security and secure intelligent electronics devices for the EV ecosystem. The project partners will undertake a systematic risk assessment of the power grid and develop a security system architecture blueprint that is relevant to Singapore’s context.  

The Smart Energy Challenge is aimed at supporting the development of new technologies and solutions that will strengthen Singapore’s energy competitiveness, efficiency and security. In the first round, $10 million (US$7.7 million) was awarded to five projects in the areas of power generation, energy for transport and energy efficiency for industry.