86 percent of Singaporean drivers in support of EVs, EVAS study shows

Kimberley Ng
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Survey from EV Association of Singapore shows most are in favour of EVs here, but but lack of knowledge, charge points are the barriers


A study recently conducted by the Electric Vehicle Association of Singapore (EVAS) revealed a strong interest in EV adoption.

In answer to the question ‘How supportive are you of Singapore’s transition towards greater BEV (battery electric vehicle) adoption?’, 28 percent responded ‘very supportive’ and a further 58 percent reported they were ‘quite supportive’. That makes for a total of 86 percent positive responses, in contrast to 11 percent (not that supportive) and four percent ‘Not supportive at all’.

Additionally, eight in 10 driver’s license holders in Singapore were open to trying EVs, while six  in 10 will consider a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or EV in the next five years.

With the number of electric vehicles on the roads steadily increasing, the case for flipping the electric switch gets greater. After a great success at the inaugural EV Weekend last December, the stage is primed for EVs to take over. 

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EV Weekend 2021 was Singapore’s first and largest showcase of EVs here!

The motivating factors for EV adoption across those polled were cost and convenience – operating cost savings from using electricity instead of petrol and charging station accessibility. 

Government initiatives that go into lowering the purchase cost of EVs (such as the downward revision of road tax for EVs, EV Early Adoption Initiative, and Enhanced VES)  were an important factor as well with 71-percent citing them as what would encourage their EV purchase. 

When asked which EVs currently available they were most interested in, the group sentiment had cars like the Tesla Model 3, BMW iX3, and Audi e-Tron coming out on top. 

On the other hand, 30-percent of the group were deterred by the lack of knowledge of EVs. Other misconceptions also included half the respondents not knowing that EVs ran purely on electric power. In addition only four in 10 were aware of the zero tailpipe emissions from EVs.

Meanwhile, existing EV owners were shown to be lacking access to residential and workplace charging with only 35-percent and 25-percent respectively having access. However, with the 60,000 charge points that will be added across the island by 2030, these numbers are sure to grow.

EVAS commissioned Milieu Insight, a local consumer research and analytics firm, to conduct this study from 15 – 21 October 2021, polling 1,000 respondents representative of Singapore’s general population across age, gender and ethnicity. 66 percent of these respondents were current driver’s licence holders and the rest were non-licence holders. 

The Electric Vehicle Association of Singapore was founded in 2018 and is a non-profit organisation that aims to represent the EV industry and be the leading advocate for electric mobility. Sujay Ravikumar, Secretary at EVAS also spoke on the EV Ownership Panel Discussion at EV Weekend 2021, moderated by CarBuyer Singapore’s Derryn Wong.

Despite the misconceptions and current deterrents to EV adoption, the growing interest and support for EVs in Singapore is undeniable. From the study it’s clear that education on EV technology and investment into infrastructure to support EVs is the yellow brick road to our Emerald City.


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About the Author

Kimberley Ng

The youngest and shortest of the CarBuyer Singapore bunch, Kimberley is the proud owner of a Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1...diecast from Shuco. She runs the CarBuyer Singapore Tik Tok @carbuyersingapore. For unrelated purposes, her favourite song is Fast Car by Tracy Chapman. Special talents include impressions of famous rapper Lil' Jon. [email protected]/@kimmyk7

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