City state sharing
France’s Bolloré Group is planning to launch Singapore’s first electric car-sharing service, BlueSG, by the end of the year. The initiative will kick off with a Bluecar fleet of 80 cars, along with 30 charging stations with a total of 120 charging points.
BlueSG is looking to progressively roll out a total of 1,000 electric cars and 500 charging stations in the city state with 2,000 charging points by as soon as 2020.
The service is being sold as a flexible solution with one-way sharing, enabling users to return vehicles to a location different from the pick-up point. BlueSG has yet to disclose pricing and says tariffs will be made public closer to launch and that customers will only pay for what they drive.
BlueSG is also establishing a ‘Global Innovation Centre’ in Singapore to undertake R&D work in the areas of mobility and energy management solutions.
Bolloré produces and sells electricity storage solutions for both mobile and stationary use, ranging from the production of electric vehicles and the development of car-sharing systems to solutions to produce, store and distribute decentralised, clean and free electricity.
The company already runs the world’s largest EV car-sharing programme and is active in a number of cities including Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon, Indianapolis and Los Angeles, Turin and London.
Also going big on car sharing is Mercedes-Benz, which is partnering with US-based Via to launch a joint venture ride-sharing shuttle service in London before the year-end. The German company says its mobility services such as car2go, mytaxi and moovel reach more than 15 million customers worldwide.
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