French Company Wins Bid for EV Car-Sharing Project in Singapore

French company Bollore Group has won the bid for a car-sharing project in Singapore that will use EVs.

It’s the first such project in Asia for the company.

The car-sharing fleet will consist of 1,000 vehicles and be active by 2020, according to Singapore officials.

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The government spent a year studying 13 different proposals before picking Bollore. Singapore’s Land Transport Authority and Economic Development Board worked jointly on the effort, according to Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

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The first 125 vehicles will reach roads in the city-state next year, and Bollore subsidiary BlueSG will install 2,000 electric-vehicle charging stations throughout Singapore by the end of this decade.

Bollore has a presence in its home country, in the cities of Paris, Bordeaux, and Lyon; and it also has a presence in the U.S., specifically in Indianapolis. It also has a program in Turin, Italy. An effort to add service in London fell apart during contract talks.

Since Bollore already has presence in Indianapolis (as well as in Paris), and given the size of what’s planned in Singapore, this could be a step towards seeing more Bollore-backed efforts in the U.S. Car-sharing services that rely on electric vehicles already have appeal to consumers in that gasoline will not be required (and the generally short ranges of an EV shouldn’t be a deterrent to folks who plan on driving only a short distance anyway), and if Bollore sees success in a city as large as Singapore, it might want to grow in the U.S. – and it already has a foothold in Indy.

Cedric Bollore, the company’s vice president for development, told Automotive News last fall that the company is already looking at expanding in the U.S.

“We are certainly interested in the West Coast,” he said, without naming specific cities.

In Paris, Bollore operates under the Autolib name, and as of last fall, the system was averaging 15,000 rides a day.

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