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6 Things to Know Before Buying an Electric Car

6 Things to Know Before Buying an Electric Car


By PPSL / Cars / Nov 09, 2018

6 Things to Know Before Buying an Electric Car

The electric revolution is upon us. Over the past five years, global sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have grown 14-fold to nearly 2 million units. While still relatively rare in Singapore, electric cars are rising in popularity, impacting car-sharing, ride-hailing and private ownership.

If you’re considering the purchase of an electric car, here are six things you should know.

1. Decode the electric jargon

Not all EVs are created equal. Some are pure electric (or battery-powered), while others are hybrids, i.e. primarily petrol-powered but with a battery component.

A hybrid is petrol-powered but recycles excess energy during drives to a battery. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has dual sources of power: a petrol engine and a small battery, which is charged by plugging the vehicle into the mains.

Lastly, some pure electric cars are modified with a range extender, e.g. the BMW i3 REx. This is a small backup petrol motor which gives the vehicle an extended range when the battery runs low.

2. What a difference an EV makes

Even after taking into account that electricity in Singapore comes from natural gas power generation, an EV reduces air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It also uses one-third less energy as compared to a petrol or diesel car.

3. How to charge your electric car

If you don’t live in landed property or a condominium with charging points, you can look forward to the rapid expansion of Singapore’s charging network. Singapore Power, Red Dot Power, BlueSG and Greenlots will make approximately 1,000 more charging stations available to the public by the end of 2020.

In collaboration with BMW, Greenlots currently provides 200 charging stations at over 80 locations to EV drivers. 

4. Will your EV go the distance?

Since electric motors have shorter ranges than petrol engines, Singapore consumers tend to favour hybrids or EVs with range extenders.

For example, a BMW i3 has a range of up to 200 km on a single charge. Though this is well within the range of an average daily commute, drivers with range anxiety may opt for a BMW i3 REx (with a range extender), which covers up to 330 km.

5. Save cash while you save the earth

The recently implemented Vehicle Emissions Scheme (VES) offers a rebate of up to $20,000 for an environmentally friendly car. With an electric car, you also save significantly on fuel and maintenance of a petrol engine.

6. BMW is leading the charge

In 2014, BMW introduced the first EVs for sale in Singapore. Looking ahead, it intends to roll out a total of 25 electric models by 2020.

Not ready to go pure electric? Range-conscious drivers will be glad to know that the BMW i3 comes with an optional Range Extender. Also, the BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer, BMW 330e iPerformance and BMW 530e iPerformance are PHEVs with a pure-electric range of up to 40 km, ideal for shorter daily commutes.


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6 Things to Know Before Buying an Electric Car


By PPSL / Cars / Nov 09, 2018


The electric revolution is upon us. Over the past five years, global sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have grown 14-fold to nearly 2 million units. While still relatively rare in Singapore, electric cars are rising in popularity, impacting car-sharing, ride-hailing and private ownership.

If you’re considering the purchase of an electric car, here are six things you should know.

1. Decode the electric jargon

Not all EVs are created equal. Some are pure electric (or battery-powered), while others are hybrids, i.e. primarily petrol-powered but with a battery component.

A hybrid is petrol-powered but recycles excess energy during drives to a battery. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has dual sources of power: a petrol engine and a small battery, which is charged by plugging the vehicle into the mains.

Lastly, some pure electric cars are modified with a range extender, e.g. the BMW i3 REx. This is a small backup petrol motor which gives the vehicle an extended range when the battery runs low.

2. What a difference an EV makes

Even after taking into account that electricity in Singapore comes from natural gas power generation, an EV reduces air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It also uses one-third less energy as compared to a petrol or diesel car.

3. How to charge your electric car

If you don’t live in landed property or a condominium with charging points, you can look forward to the rapid expansion of Singapore’s charging network. Singapore Power, Red Dot Power, BlueSG and Greenlots will make approximately 1,000 more charging stations available to the public by the end of 2020.

In collaboration with BMW, Greenlots currently provides 200 charging stations at over 80 locations to EV drivers. 

4. Will your EV go the distance?

Since electric motors have shorter ranges than petrol engines, Singapore consumers tend to favour hybrids or EVs with range extenders.

For example, a BMW i3 has a range of up to 200 km on a single charge. Though this is well within the range of an average daily commute, drivers with range anxiety may opt for a BMW i3 REx (with a range extender), which covers up to 330 km.

5. Save cash while you save the earth

The recently implemented Vehicle Emissions Scheme (VES) offers a rebate of up to $20,000 for an environmentally friendly car. With an electric car, you also save significantly on fuel and maintenance of a petrol engine.

6. BMW is leading the charge

In 2014, BMW introduced the first EVs for sale in Singapore. Looking ahead, it intends to roll out a total of 25 electric models by 2020.

Not ready to go pure electric? Range-conscious drivers will be glad to know that the BMW i3 comes with an optional Range Extender. Also, the BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer, BMW 330e iPerformance and BMW 530e iPerformance are PHEVs with a pure-electric range of up to 40 km, ideal for shorter daily commutes.


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