SINGAPORE: the transport operator ComfortDelGro has joined forces with the French energy company Engie to jointly tender for a call for tenders for the installation and operation of charging stations for electric vehicles in public car parks.
The two companies will also “jointly explore and deploy clean energy solutions,” they said in a joint press release on Wednesday (March 31).
The pilot tender was launched by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
It will cover the installation and operation of more than 600 electric vehicle charging points in more than 200 public car parks in Singapore, including those in public housing estates, industrial estates, public parks and community centers.
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Successful bidders will have to install the charging stations in their allocated parking lots by the third quarter of next year, the statement said.
“The launch of the pilot tender marks an important step in the expansion of Singapore’s public car park charging network,” said ComfortDelGro and Engie.
“The data and information gained from this pilot tender will help shape the design and phasing of future tenders, which will be published in batches over the next several years.”
They will also build recharging farms powered by renewable energy at the premises of ComfortDelGro, which will offer “rapid recharging solutions to its taxi drivers and public users,” the companies added.
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Engie, a low-carbon energy and services provider, offers integrated solutions to customers in commercial buildings, industries and cities.
Its Southeast Asia CEO, Thomas Baudlot, said they are “making transformational progress to advance Singapore’s green mobility agenda to establish a strong and reliable green EV charging network to strengthen the ‘adoption of EVs’ through partnership.
The partnership comes shortly after ComfortDelGro announced it will commit S $ 50 million to clean energy research and technology. This includes the transition to a clean energy fleet, improving energy efficiency, adopting renewable energy and stimulating business innovation for the next five years.
The operator also said it already plans to add more electric vehicles to its fleets, as part of its efforts to increase its sustainability quotient.
“Sustainability has become a key pillar of our foundation and one that we intend to build on,” said Yang Ban Seng, CEO of ComfortDelGro.
“Our partnership with ENGIE is another step in this direction, as we hope to offer our expertise in the areas of electric vehicle charging and foster the adoption of clean energy solutions in the local transport industry.”
As part of efforts to expand Singapore’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, the government announced earlier this month that all Housing and Development Board (HDB) parking lots in at least eight cities will be equipped. EV chargers by 2025.
The goal is to deploy 60,000 electric vehicle charging points across Singapore by 2030, including 40,000 in public car parks and 20,000 in private premises.