Grab, the ride-hailing platform company, is ready to begin introducing over 200 electric cars into service within in Singapore.
Having purchased 200 Hyundai Kona 64 kWH electric cars, Grab will release an initial batch of 20 vehicles first with the rest being introduced over the following weeks, head of the company's car leasing service GrabRentals, Kau Yi Ming said in an interview with local media.
"With these 200 cars, we will also be one of the biggest EV fleet in Singapore, and we want to be able to take this opportunity to introduce electric vehicles to both drivers and passengers of Grab," said Kau.
"We feel that it is the right time to introduce a mass market platform like this, the technology has improved to the point that it has become viable to be used on the private-hire vehicle scale," he added.
He explained that Grab would be tapping on utility provider Singapore Power's (SP) fast-charging network.
"We are working closely with SP on this, and they have introduced about 40 charging points at the end of 2018, of which about half of them are fast charging," said Kau.
These fast-charging points allow the Hyundai Kona to charge 80 per cent in 30 minutes, and Kau noted that this is "very significant" for ride-hailing drivers for whom time is of the essence. Slow charge requires around eight hours for the cars to be fully charged.
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