EV charging companies and their locations in Singapore
Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung has declared that Singapore will strive to make every HDB town EV-ready by 2030, and while that is great news for the thousand-odd electronic car owners in Singapore today, not all HDB or condominium car parks are equipped with EV charging stations in our country just yet –
So if you’re thinking of being an early bird and converting to an EV sometime soon, here is a list of EV charging locations in Singapore to get you started. Hey, they’re actually already pretty accessible in Singapore.
Number of EV charging locations: 33
Charger types: Type 2 AC, Combo 2 DC
Charging time: 30 minutes (SP Group advocates moving your car after 30 minutes of charging)
Cost: are calculated by kilowatt hour (kWh) and are adjusted periodically.
Benefits: Free parking at selected areas
How to use: Download the SP Utilities app
Cool stuff: SP Group allows EV users to suggest charging locations via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number of EV charging locations: 18
Charger types: DC (50kW), Type 2 AC (43kW)
Charging time: 30 minutes (Most 50 kW chargers need around 30 minutes, but charge time also depends on other factors like weather and the model of your car and battery)
Benefits: Their “recharge and receive” rewards program entitles drivers to 1 promotions for ready-to-consume items.
How to use: Link your credit card to your Shell Recharge or Greenlots card.
Number of EV charging locations: 253 (With a total of 1003 charging points)
Charger types: Type 2 vehicle inlet
Cost: 1 per hour for the first 3 hours. Subsequently, 2 per hour.
Benefits: There are over a thousand charging points available in Singapore
How to use: Sign up via the BlueSG website or app. There is a subscription fee of 20/annum.
Cool stuff: BlueSG is best known for being an EV car service in Singapore.
Number of EV charging locations: 122
Charger types: AC Charging Adapter (80kW)
Number of EV charging locations: 40 public stations with 73 points, and 53 private locations in condominiums with a total of 126 chargers
Charger types: 50kW, DC/43kW and AC/3.7kW/7.4kW
Cost: Depends on the location, with rates starting from 1.50 per hour
Benefits: ChargeNow stations are available at popular shopping malls and CBD areas
How to use: Link your credit card to your Greenlots card
Cool stuff: You can find ChargeNow EV stations and pricing information using BMW’s in-vehicle navigation console.
While Plugshare is not a charging service, it’s an EV community that shares information by compiling a list of all the available EV stations in Singapore (along with applicable information such as parking fees, charging rates, charger types, and more) and helps inform EV owners of any with new charging stations near them.
And that’s not all – Caltex has decided to hop on the bandwagon, and will soon be providing four of their own EV charging stations with 50kW charging stations. The future of cars is electronic, and we can’t wait to see what a greener Singapore will look and feel like. If you’re thinking of buying an EV, learn more from our article: “ 6 Things to know about electric vehicles in SG”.
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All charged up and ready to roll out
Muhammad Khairul bin Mubarak, Deputy Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions, SP Group.
Car owners are being encouraged to swap their combustion engine cars for zippy electric vehicles (EVs) as a way of reducing emissions and being friendlier to our environment.
That is easier said than done, for the move towards EVs requires plenty of support. Tax incentives, the availability of affordable electric models, and of course, lots of charging points, will influence the take-up rate.
Much attention has been given to charging stations. The Government wants every HDB estate EV-ready by 2025, and 60,000 new charging points across Singapore by 2030.
The Land Transport Authority is launching a tender for 12,000 new charging points across nearly 2000 carparks. It has also introduced a new national charging standard, TR25:2022. which will allow providers to upgrade the charging limits for fast chargers.
Installing new charging stations sounds simple, but it can actually be complicated. To find out more about this, Torque sat down for a chat with Muhammad Khairul bin Mubarak, SP Group’s Deputy Director of Sustainable Energy Solutions.
Muhammad Khairul, who is a Professional Engineer, tells us about the processes involved and explains why installing charging stations isn’t as straightforward as just plugging them in.
How does the process of installing charging stations begin?
The landlord or property owner will either call a tender or appoint a provider. For commercial properties, the landlord would be firms such as CapitaLand or Frasers Property.
After a tender is secured, the agreements are signed and other necessary approvals are secured. We will discuss the placement of the charging points and cable routing. All of these must be in writing.
Next, we must do site surveys and seek permission from the building’s Licensed Electrical Worker (LEW), who handles the property’s electrical matters. The LEW will indicate the available electrical capacity.
The charging points aren’t connected on the spot, but are powered by cables that run from the building’s switch room. To connect them, an electrical shut down must be performed. We work closely with the LEW to find a suitable date to avoid impacting downstream users.
If possible, we’ll try to dovetail our installation with the building’s annual shut-down to avoid any inconvenience.
How do you determine how many charging points can be installed?
This depends on several factors, but the main ones are the landlord and electrical capacity. Every property has excess capacity available because property owners have to anticipate future needs.
Let’s say there is a 100A (ampere) breaker. From there, we can calculate how many chargers can be supported, which we will then propose to the client.
Installing more chargers is more expensive. But cost aside, not every landlord wants to designate so many parking spaces for EV charging. SP Group typically proposes four (two AC and two DC) chargers, which is acceptable to most property owners.
Being able to easily locate a charger will make owning an EV more convenient.
On average, how long does installation take?
It’s usually between three and four weeks. Let me explain why.
First, let us assume that we’ll be installing a typical configuration of four charging points (two AC and two DC). Let’s also assume that the equipment (the chargers and cables) is available and that the electrical shut down can be performed when needed.
Now, the main factor determining the installation speed is the distance between the switch room and the location of the charging points. We want the parking spaces closest to the switch room, because this means shorter cables and lower costs. Let’s say we get these as well.
The next issue is working hours. Shopping malls are busy places. Most times, we can only start work after they close. We need space for our tools and materials, so we will occupy other parking spaces, too.
At some sites, we only begin work at 10pm or even 11pm and end at around 4am. After the shut-down is performed and the chargers are powered, engineers then conduct user acceptance testing (UAT) and iron out any kinks.
How would you install chargers in spaces such as surface carparks?
It’s the same – we still need to locate the switch room first. But for surface carparks, it is usually relatively far away. However, we have not had to draw power from an overground (OG box), which are those grey metal boxes you see along the street.
In buildings, power cables can run through the ceiling. But in a surface setting, we may need to excavate to lay the cables, which complicates things.
Engineers must perform cable-detection works to avoid damaging existing cables or pipes. Only when these have been properly mapped can the excavator be brought in to start digging.
If you only drive 50km a day, a slow charger at home is more than enough to keep your EV juiced up.
What happens if a customer wants fast charging at home, but the power supply in his area doesn’t support it?
Here’s the thing: We don’t encourage the installation of fast chargers in private residences even if it is possible.
Based on driving patterns in Singapore where motorists average 50km a day, you don’t have to charge your EV daily.
Let’s say you have a 7.4kW AC charger in your house. If you plug in your car the moment you reach home, it will be fully charged by the next morning. A slow charge overnight is enough, even if you drive 300 or 400km a day.
Hardware- and capacity-permitting, we could install a 22kW AC charger. But if the EV you’re driving can only accept 11kW AC, then there’s no point.
Let’s say my residence can only support 3.7kW AC charging. Is there any way to upgrade this?
You’ll need to hire an LEW to conduct checks, and then write to SP Group to ask for a power supply increase. The requests are granted on a case-by-case basis.
EVs are not as common as internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, so placing chargers on the lower floors of HDB carparks is sure to ruffle feathers.
If you were to install chargers in a HDB carpark, who would the stakeholders be?
The main stakeholders are HDB and our LEWs. They will advise where we can locate the chargers and how much capacity we’d be given.
Based on the installations done by Charge and ComfortDelGro in HDB multi-storey carparks, the chargers are not on the lower floors. As you’d imagine, most residents wouldn’t be happy seeing charging spots on the first and second levels.
As the provider, does SP Group have more say over the location of the charging stations?
It’s always a mutual decision. Of course, we want spots closest to the switch room, but the landlord will have other considerations.
Installing charging points in older HDB estates is tricky because EVs and chargers were never considered to begin with. But in new estates, such as Tengah, charging points are part of the plan. Additional capacity has also been factored in.
Charging will slow to a trickle once the battery’s state of charge is over 90 percent.
Can you still install chargers in properties with power constraints?
Yes. We will employ Smart charging, which utilises an algorithm to ensure that the charging points share the total available capacity.
Suppose the capacity is only 64A, and one car can take 32A. If there are two EVs being charged simultaneously, then each one takes 32A. Now, to enable four EVs to charge, Smart charging would split the load so that each car gets 16A, not 32. That way, the power supply won’t “trip”.
Of course, how much each EV gets also depends on its state of charge. A battery that’s almost fully charged won’t need as much power as one that’s running low.
What makes up the bulk of the cost of charging points?
Cables are very expensive. The longer the distance, the more cable needed and the higher the cost. Plus, the further away the cables are from the switch room, the larger the voltage drop.
To mitigate this, we have to include additional sets of cables, which will really drive up the cost. DC chargers, with their higher power, require thicker cables, which are more expensive.
Installing a typical configuration of two AC and two DC charging points usually takes between three and four weeks, according to Muhammad Khairul.
Will the SP Utilities app eventually allow EV drivers to reserve charging points?
The current demand for chargers isn’t high enough to implement such a feature yet. But it is something that the team is studying. It’s either this or an anti-hogging feature.
SP Group’s charging costs are uniform across Singapore. Will this change in the future?
I won’t rule out a change if the demand for charging stations increases. We could have different for peak and off-peak hours, with the latter being cheaper, of course.
EV Charging for a Greener Singapore
SP Group is building Singapore’s largest public high-speed EV charging network, and 10% of all parking lots in Tengah will be equipped with EV charging stations, contributing towards Singapore’s goal of 60,000 EV charging points.
Now, that’s cool, right? That’s MyTengah.
An eco-town where you can enjoy sustainable living with Centralised Cooling, EV charging and solar energy
Conveniently Located Fast Charging
10% of parking lots across Tengah will be equipped with EV charging points from SP, while Tengah neighbourhood centres will feature SP’s innovative Fast-Charging Hubs. Relax at home or attend to groceries and other quick errands while your EV charges.
Seamless Customer Experience
We provide best-in-class customer support through our customer hotline, and continuously update our in-app user experience to bring you a seamless and convenient charging solution.
Highest Safety Standards
Safety is our highest priority. We comply with TR25 (Technical Reference 25), which is the Singapore standard for EV charging installations. This provides you with peace of mind and assurance that your charging is always carried out safely.
User-friendly SP App
Our app allows you to easily locate charging points, start and end charging and make payment.
Find out more about SP’s EV charging network and locate island wide chargers here.
EV charging customer hotline: 65 6916 7799
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here’s how you can charge your EV without leaving home.
If you’re an EV owner in Singapore, you’re probably all too familiar with certain issues regarding car maintenance. For one, despite the growing number of EV charging points in the country, it’s still nowhere near as convenient as finding a petrol station. Then, there’s also the issue of spending precious time waiting for your EV to charge up… stifles a yawn
Well, this clever app may be exactly what you need.
Meet AutoApp, the ultimate car care app for anyone who values time and convenience.
okay, so what does it do?
AutoApp, a tech-enabled car concierge app has teamed up with SP Group to bring customers an EV charging service to their doorstep. Using the smartphone app, customers need only select “EV Charging Concierge, SP Group Charging Network” from the menu and choose a preferred appointment time.
Once that’s done, a friendly Service Ambassador from AutoApp will arrive to take your EV to the nearest SP Group charging station. It’s a very useful service if you happen to be working in an area that lacks sufficient EV charging points or if you’re just way too busy to leave your home or office.
In other words, it’s kinda like GrabFood, foodpanda, Deliveroo and all the other amazing apps for lazy people people who value and truly appreciate time. But err, for your car… and if food was electricity, of course.
sounds good, but… how much is it gonna cost me?
If you’re an EV owner, it’s good news for your s.
For a limited time, AutoApp will be charging an introductory all-inclusive rate of just 38 before GST (U.P. 68) for its EV charging service. Included in this price is the cost of charging as well as doorstep pick up and return service with insurance coverage for up to 300,000.
“Given that most EV owners pay between 20 to 30 for charging, the premium for convenience and peace of mind that their cars are driven by professionally-trained Service Ambassadors and protected by insurance coverage that doesn’t affect their NCD, represents very good value,” explains Sheldon Trollope, spokesperson for AutoApp.
but wait, there’s free stuff!
While you may have only booked an EV charging service, you’ll also stand to benefit from some added perks. The Service Ambassador in charge of your car will also check your tyre pressure and condition and other routine checks to ensure that your car is in the best condition possible.
If they spot anything amiss, they’ll report the defects or issues to you as well at no added charge. Of course, they’ll gladly assist you in booking a workshop appointment if you decide to rectify these issues.
not just an EV charging app.
While the team at futr is particularly excited about their EV charging services, it’s cool to note that AutoApp also offers a wide range of services. By teaming up with workshop partners, users of the app will also be able to book other services including car servicing, grooming, repair work, bodywork services and more.
You’ll never have to leave the comfort of your home to care for your car. Now hand over that TV remote please.
For more information on AutoApp’s EV charging services, click here. To find out more about AutoApp, check out their app page.
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Singapore EV Parking and Charging Guide 2022: Costs and Accessibility
(Photo Credit: InsideEVs)
Society as we know it has been built on crude oil. But as it becomes increasingly unfashionable, the image-conscious amongst us may be tempted to make the switch to a cleaner method of propulsion.
Clearly, the need to be popular isn’t a good enough reason for most to pull the trigger. Generous subsidies and falling EV costs all contribute to increased uptake.
The one big stumbling block though is range and ease of charging. Which if you think about it, are factors that are complicatedly intertwined.
If you’re considering being an EV early adopter, just what do you need to know about charging your vehicle?
60,000 EV charging points will be made available for use island-wide by 2030. This is made up of a 40,000-strong network of public chargers, and an additional 20,000 units fitted to private premises.
(Photo Credits: Electrive)
At present, there are three major EV charging suppliers in Singapore. They are Shell’s Greenlots, SP Power, and Total Energies.
Shell, through its Greenlots subsidiary, currently has 85 stations scattered islandwide.
(Photo Credits: Shell Greenlots)
Fast charging is available in the following standards AC: IEC Type 2 43kW, DC CCS Combo Type 2 50kW, DC CCS Combo Type 2 100kW. The former two will set you back 0.55 per kWh, with the 100kW charger costing you 0.42 per kWh.
Slower charging standards are also on offer, with some stations even completely free. AC: IEC Type 2 3.7kW, 7.4kW, 22kW. The 3.7kW chargers will set you back 2 or 3 per hour, with the 7.4kW and 22kW chargers netting you a 0.50 bill per kWh.
There are Greenlots chargers installed at various Shell petrol stations across the country, which have also had various upgrades (bistros and other facilities!) to cater for the EV owners as they wait for the battery to be topped off.
Also, as mentioned above, there are free charging services available at select locations, one of them being Our Tampines Hub!
SP Group currently has 200 EV charging points across the island.
(Photo Credit: Vulcan Post)
Fast charging is available in the following standards AC: IEC Type 2 43kW, DC: CCS Combo Type 2 50kW, 60kW. The 43kW AC chargers will set you back 0.4153 per kWh, with the DC chargers costing you 0.4949 per kWh.
SP’s slower charging standards are as follows: AC: IEC Type 2 7.4kW, 11 kW, 22kW and 40kW, all costing 0.4153 per kWh.
These chargers are often located in commercial buildings, such as offices, warehouses and shopping malls, and can be a good way to get your vehicle juiced up if you’re at work or doing a spot of shopping!
Total Energies acquired the Blue Charge network of BlueSG fame. Currently, they are the biggest providers of EV charging services in Singapore, with more than 1,500 charge points installed across the island.
(Photo Credits: Total Energies)
You’ll have to pay an annual subscription fee of 20, with the first three hours of charging being billed at 1 per hour. Every subsequent hour will cost you 2. Do note that Total Energies uses an AC IEC Type 2 3.7kW standard charger.
This is by far the most widespread charging network in Singapore, and there’s a chance that you’d have one of these points in your neighbourhood!
We’ll do this in two parts. Firstly, we’ll compare the slowest charge standards of each of the providers to simulate slow charging overnight. We’ll then take a look at Rapid charging. We’ll also assume a theoretical EV battery pack size of 39.2 kWh.