EV Weekend 2022 boosts consumer awareness on EV ownership and motoring in Singapore

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Singapore’s premier EV show brought a range of electric cars to a wider audience, while its panel discussions brought forward the EV debate


The island’s first and largest electric vehicle (EV) showcase, EV Weekend, saw its second, successful iteration last week, running from November 8 to 13, at Suntec City’s North Atrium.

As reported in our story from the show floor, the main draw for members of the public was the ability to get up close and personal with the wide-ranging lineup of eight EVs (BYD Atto 3, DFSK EC35, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Opel Mokka-e, Peugeot e-2008, Polestar 2, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model Y) from seven manufacturers, including test driving some of them on-site.

2022 EV Weekend Singapore - CarBuyer Singapore - Polestar 2 on show

That accounted for the healthy traffic EV Weekend saw, especially on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with crowds thronging to see the cars on display. But EV Weekend has always been about educating the public and spreading increased awareness about electrified motoring.

Luke and Kim run you through the cars that were at the show

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This year, it achieved that in two ways: Firstly, with education exhibits and displays at the show. This included a charging network map and charger from local charge point operator (CPO) Charge+, a tech demonstrator from smart EV charger retailer Interwell, and a display from Singaporean tyre company Giti Tyres which manufactures high-performance and EV-specific rubber.

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Sazali bin Mohd Ali, who attended the show with his wife, told CarBuyer: “We were considering the Peugeot 3008, but realised there are now electric versions on sale too, close to the price of a normal car. It’s nice to see all the different EVs in one place.” 

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Prospective customers spec up a car before purchase

Lee Kit Mun, who was at the show with his son, told CarBuyer: “I haven’t been to a physical car show for some time, but it was good to see an entire range of EVs here. I didn’t know there are now so many options for electric cars!”

EV Weekend : An ‘electrification milestone for Singapore

Secondly, EV Weekend 2022 held its special plenary session – sponsored by Singlife with Aviva – on Thursday, November 10, 2022, which saw industry representatives from CPOs, insurance providers, EV owners, brand distributors, and more, discussing topics across two separate panels. 

EV Weekend’s Guest of Honour : Mr Saktiandi Supaat, Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, Toa Payoh East, and head of the Parliamentary Committee for Transport. 

The Guest-of-Honour for the plenary sessions was Mr Saktiandi Supaat, Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, Toa Payoh East, and head of the Parliamentary Committee for Transport. 

Mr Saktiandi reiterated the rapid pace of adoption Singapore is currently seeing, including the fact that Electric vehicle (EV) owners are now able to tap more than 3,000 public charging points across the island, and that we’ve already embarked on the second wave of EV charging for Singapore with a newly announced EV charger tender for all sections of the island. 

“While only a year has passed since the previous show, the landscape has changed dramatically for the better, for EVs in Singapore – and EV Weekend is a clear reflection of that,” he said.

“Vehicular transport has run on fossil fuel for decades, and it’s clear that we need to make the change for the benefit of all Singaporeans. There still is much to be done, and many challenges to be faced, but I believe with EVs as part of the solution, we can make the transition to something better than it already is, more responsible, and maybe even more fun in the process.

The changes won’t happen overnight, but they are happening, and perhaps at a rate and scale that will continue to surprise many of us, pleasantly. EV Weekend is simply one of the milestones on this sustainability journey that Singapore has begun.”

High-efficiency Panels

Watch both of these panels at the replay of our livestream here.

The first panel discussion covered the long-term of electrification, with input from industry experts. Highlights from this panel include discussions on just how fast DC fast chargers really need to be, if the risk of EVs catching fire is overstated, if/how hydrogen can come into the picture, and how car-lite and electrification can be balanced.

Left to right: Derryn Wong, Head of Content at CarBuyer (moderator) and panelists: Edward Tan, Executive director, Hong Seh Evolution (DFSK), Ivan Quek, CCO, Novowatt , Jonathan Tan, Commercial Head, Network Development, SP Mobility (SP Group), Koh Xiaohan, Head of Commercial & Operations, Charge+
Left to right: Kimberley Ng, Content creator for CarBuyer (moderator) and panelists : Alvin Seet, President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Singapore, Christopher Quek, EV owner, Pan Jinglong, Head of General Insurance, Singlife with Aviva, Peter Huang, EV owner

The second panel focused more on the experiences that EV owners could face, and the short-term issues and complexities facing current and would-be EV owners. Highlights from that panel include the highs and lows of EV ownership, whether special driving training is needed for EVs, the complexities of insurance and warranties, and whether we’re all doomed to have an entire cornucopia of charging apps on our phones. 


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