An article by Toh Cheng Seong, The Straits Times.

A FUTURE-READY island nation should be able to beef up its power grid for smarter generation and distribution of energy for electric vehicles (“Can Singapore ‘electrify’ the world?”; last Saturday).

The bigger challenge lies in garnering widespread acceptance of such vehicles in a market that has grown accustomed to fossil fuels.

Singapore can lead the way by banning all vehicles that do not meet international carbon emission standards within the next two years, and requiring all public transport companies to switch to either plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles in the next decade or so.

Pay-per-use charging points could be installed at every other parking space. This is preferable to building more charging stations as electric vehicles take between three and eight hours to “re-fuel”, resulting in potential traffic gridlocks and frayed tempers.

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