Singapore’s leading land transport operator, ComfortDelGro, has partnered French energy giant ENGIE, to jointly bid for tenders in the green electric vehicle (EV) charging field, as well as to explore and deploy clean energy solutions together.
For starters, the pair has jointly submitted a bid for a pilot tender called by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Land Transportation Authority (LTA) for electric vehicle charging points that cover the installation and operation of more than 600 EV charging points at over 200 public carparks across Singapore, in a wide range of accessible areas such as public housing estates, industrial estates, public parks, and community centres. Successful tenderers will be required to install charging stations at their allotted carparks by the third quarter of 2022.
The launch of the pilot tender marks a significant milestone in the expansion of Singapore’s public carpark charging network. Data and insights obtained from this pilot tender will help to shape the design and phasing of future tenders, which will be issued in batches over the coming years.
Beyond this bid, ComfortDelGro and ENGIE will also build charging farms powered by renewable energy on ComfortDelGro premises that offer fast charging solutions to its cabbies and public users.
This partnership with ENGIE is in line with ComfortDelGro’s recent announcement that it is committing S$50 million in clean energy technology and research, which include transiting towards a clean-energy fleet, improving energy efficiency, adopting renewables and driving business innovation, for the next five years. ComfortDelGro already has plans to add more EVs into its fleets as part of its push towards upping its overall sustainability quotient.
ComfortDelGro’s MD/Group CEO, Mr Yang Ban Seng, said: “We are keenly aware that we must step up our commitment to Green technology and processes. Sustainability has become a key pillar of our foundation and one that we intend to build on going forward. Our partnership with ENGIE is another step in that direction as we hope to offer our expertise in the areas of EV charging and drive the adoption of clean energy solutions in the local transport industry.”
ComfortDelGro was the first to commercialise its Direct Current (DC) fast charging station on its premise on 13 November 2018. It added a second fast charging station in June last year.
Commenting on the partnership, ENGIE Southeast Asia CEO, Mr Thomas Baudlot, said: “The government has set a clear precedent for the country’s decarbonisation efforts with the Singapore Green Plan, thus laying down a strong foundation for corporations to do their part.
Through this landmark partnership with ComfortDelGro, we are taking transformational strides in advancing Singapore’s green mobility agenda to establish a strong and reliable green EV charging network to bolster EV adoption. As an end-to-end provider of low carbon solutions with a demonstrated track record of having operated 200,000 EV chargers globally, ENGIE is in prime position to supply affordable green energy to future EV drivers.”
ComfortDelGro is one of the world’s largest land transport companies with a total fleet size of over 40,000 buses, taxis and rental vehicles. We also run 83km of light and heavy rail networks in Singapore. Our global operations span seven countries – Singapore, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Vietnam and Malaysia.
For two years in a row, from 2019 to 2020, ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Asia Pacific (DJSI Asia Pacific), cementing its position as one of the world’s leading companies for sustainability. It is one of five Singapore companies and the only local transport company to have been included in the regional index, the undisputed gold standard in sustainability benchmarking. It first made it to the prestigious index last year.
About ENGIE South East Asia
ENGIE group is a global reference in low-carbon energy and services. Our purpose is to act to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions, reconciling economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet. We rely on our key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to our customers.
At ENGIE South East Asia, a cluster under ENGIE Asia-Pacific, we are a fast-growing team of over 2,000 employees with presence in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines to provide tailor-made integrated solutions for our customers in commercial buildings, industries, and cities.
Using globally leading technologies, we create innovative energy and smart solutions that enhance the performance of home, business, community, and make the world a better place. We act throughout the value chain: strategy, design, engineering, energy-efficient asset construction, digital platforms, operations management, financing syndication and outcome assurance.
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