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Singapore's first electric car show, EV Weekend, sparks off at RWS

Derryn Wong
03/12/2021
EV Weekend Singapore Electric Car Show 2021 - CarBuyer

What to do at Singapore’s first electric car show, EV Weekend 2021, which brings electric motoring to the forefront with cars from Audi, BMW, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, MG, and Mini


– 10 cars from Audi, BMW, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, MG, and Mini
– Physical event at The Forum, Resorts World Sentosa from 3 to 12 December, 12pm to 8pm
– Virtual showroom at evweekend.sg
– Livestream event on 9 December at evweekend.sg
– Test drives open to the public (pre-registration required) on 10 to 12 December 

UPDATE December 9, 2021: EV Weekend’s brand/panel livestream night showed Singapore is ready for the e-motoring push while the event itself was warmly welcomed by the public and the motoring industry.

SINGAPORE – EV Weekend, the Lion City’s first car show focusing on electric vehicles (EVs) kicked off at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) today.

The on-site event runs from December 3 to December 12, 2021, from 12pm to 8pm daily, where attendees can see the cars in the metal. It also includes a virtual/on-line experience as well: There’s a virtual showroom at EVWeekend.sg where visitors can interact with all of the cars and explore key points about them. 

RWS’ Forum is a sheltered, open-air venue hence visitors to EV Weekend can walk-in to view the cars without prior registration. Registration is required to view the livestream event, and to take part in the lucky draw.

EV Weekend Singapore Electric Car Show 2021 - CarBuyer

On December 9, there will be a closed-door, live-streamed event that includes brand presentations and two discussion panels centred on EVs. On Friday to Sunday, December 10 to 12, there will be test drives of EVs and electrified cars open to the public (pre-registration required). For more information on how to proceed, visit EVWeekend.sg.

EV Weekend 2021 is the first iteration of the event, which is billed as Singapore’s first and largest showcase of EVs. Considering the times we live in, you could argue that having a multi-brand motor show at all is itself an eye-opener.

EV Weekend Singapore Electric Car Show 2021 - CarBuyer

It’s positioned as a consumer-focused event aimed at increasing public awareness of EVs and topics related to that, including charging and ownership, amidst Singapore’s overt push towards cleaner motoring.

The show features 10 cars from major car brands with EVs in their lineup, namely Audi, BMW, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, MG, and Mini, with more models available for test drives. Besides these brands, the show also features tie-ups with Bridgestone, Pirelli, BlackVue, ST Engineering and the  EV Association of Singapore (EVAS). 

What To Do At EV Weekend Singapore 2021:

EV Weekend Singapore Electric Car Show 2021 - CarBuyer



1. Visit the show in person and check out all the cars

There are 10 cars on display at The Forum, RWS, but the value is being able to see a full spectrum of EVs all in one place and at one sitting. Each car display also has unique AR and additional information to check out, some with special offers and promos too.

The cars run the gamut from mainstream to luxury, including a small funky hatchback, family SUVs, luxury SUVs, a powerful and sexy GT, and a car never before seen in Singapore. We run you through each car on display right here – click on the car names in the photos to find out more.

Audi

Audi’s brought two of its E-Tron (the brand’s term for its EVs) lineup here – the coupe-style SUV the E-Tron Sportback, and its own e-flagship the sexy, fast four-door E-Tron GT.


BMW

The latter is BMW’s new electric flagship, the iX SUV, made its public debut at the event. It’s the brand’s next big step in electric motoring, the car features things also never before seen anywhere, let alone a BMW. We’ve covered the iX in detail in our local debut story here. Meanwhile its iX3 is, as we dubbed, the best of the X3 lineup even in Singapore.

BMW iX- EV Weekend Singapore Electric Car Show 2021 - CarBuyer
Having a (crystal) ball: BMW’s iX SUV is its new flagship for the electric age and marks a serious evolution for the brand

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes has a pair of its Mercedes-EQ (the Mercedes electric sub-brand) SUVs at RWS – the small SUV EQA – and the larger, more luxurious EQC.


MG

MG’s fast reinventing itself from a maker of mainstream cars to mainstream EV cars that don’t break the bank, but coupled with solid quality and design as the MG ZS SUV and MG 5 wagon show.


Kia and Mini

Kia’s showing off its Niro EV – the small hatch that’s also an affordable hybrid – but the EV model packs a superb near-500km range as we tested it. Meanwhile Mini shows that e-motoring can be just as characterful as the rest of its range with the Cooper SE.


2. Explore EVs virtually 

EV Weekend Singapore Electric Car Show 2021 - CarBuyer - Virtual Showroom

Those who wish to avoid the crowd but still want to experience the cars and see the highlights of each, as well as exploring them inside and out can visit EVWeekend’s virtual showroom.

3. Test drive an electric car yourself

EV Weekend Singapore Electric Car Show 2021 - CarBuyer




The best way to experience something is to do it yourself. If you want to test drive an EV yourself, most of the cars on display at the show are available for real-life drives at RWS. The test drives also include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

But you should move quickly if you want to get behind the wheel – CarBuyer understands the test drive slots are filling up quickly. Due to government regulations, test drives are on a strictly pre-booked basis and no walk-in test drives are accepted. 

4. Learn more about EV ownership

EV Weekend Singapore Electric Car Show 2021 - CarBuyer

A closed-door industry event will take place on the evening of December 9. Highlights of this event include an insight into German brands Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, their electrification strategies and outlook on the near future.  There will also be two discussion panels, the first focusing on the industry and the backdrop to electric mobility, and the second on EV ownership itself with input from actual EV owners and experts. 



The Surging Electric Wave

EV Weekend Singapore Electric Car Show 2021 - CarBuyer
Minister for Transport, Mr S Iswaran, said in November that Singapore’s 60,000 planned EV charge points will arrive sooner rather than later

EV Weekend is especially timely, given that Singapore has gone all-in on the electric vehicle bandwagon, announcing its Singapore Green Plan 2030 earlier this year, and introducing significant financial incentives for motorists to switch to electric cars, and to a lesser extent, electrified cars such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

EV Weekend Singapore Electric Car Show 2021 - CarBuyer

The show is organised by UCARS – Singapore’s fastest growing car marketplace – and supported by CarBuyer.

Mr Hong Chun Mun, the CEO of UCARS, said: “At UCARS, we aim to provide consumers with the right information and resources they need before embarking on the car buying journey. In recent years, we have grown exponentially, dealing with thousands of cars from dealers islandwide, and we know how daunting it is to sell or buy a car in Singapore. We are aware of the knowledge gaps our consumers are facing and with our team’s expertise, we are confident that they can benefit greatly from our platform and have an immersive experience with the upcoming EV Weekend.”


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About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism, previously being the editor of Top Gear Singapore, a presenter for CNA, contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

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