Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung announced today (March 4th) during a budget debate on the government's sustainability plans that no new diesel cars and taxis will be allowed in Singapore from 2025.
This move is in line with the country's drive to phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2040 as part of its electric vehicle (EV) adoption effort.
The government is also demanding that new car and taxi registrations be made for cleaner energy models from 2030.
In Singapore, diesel vehicles mainly consist of trucks and buses. Ong also stated that 95.8 percent of the 140,783 commercial vehicles and 99.4 percent of the 18,912 buses run on diesel.
He added that motor vehicles in Singapore emit around 6.4 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.
However, if all light vehicles were powered by electricity, "the total net carbon reduction would be around 1.5 to two million tons per year".
Lowering the road tax for electric cars
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Ong also announced that the road tax on electric cars for the mass market will be reduced starting next year.
The tax should be equivalent to equivalent models with internal combustion engines. Currently, larger mass-market electric cars still charge more road taxes than gasoline equivalents.
After the revision, the vehicle tax for electric cars in the power range from 90 kW to 230 kW will be further reduced.
To this end, the Land Transport Authority will merge the current tax bands for electric car roads from 30 kW to 90 kW and 90 kW to 230 kW. They are then subject to the current vehicle tax formula of the lower band.
With the change, the annual road tax on a Tesla Model 3 will drop from S $ 2,300 to S $ 1,500.
At least 8 EV-enabled cities in S & # 39; Pore by 2025
During his 2021 budget speech on February 16, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that S $ 30 million would be allocated to EV-related initiatives over the next five years.
Since the 2020 budget, measures have been set to encourage the use of electric vehicles and to reduce the cost differential between electric cars and cars with internal combustion engines.
For example, the lower limit of the additional registration fee (ARF) for electric cars will be reduced to zero from January 2022 to December 2023. The ARF is paid when a vehicle is registered and the rate is determined by the vehicle's open market value.
The government has also highlighted its plans to expand the EV charging infrastructure to 60,000 by the end of 2030.
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Ong announced that 40,000 of the charging stations will be in public parking garages and the Housing Board car parks and the remaining 20,000 will be placed in private premises.
The government aims to have at least eight EV-enabled cities by 2025, with all parking spaces being equipped with charging points.
These estates include Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Choa Chu Kang, Jurong West, Punggol, Queenstown, Sembawang, and Tengah.
In the meantime, a grant for a shared charger for electric vehicles is being set up in private homes that have not landed.
"We will strive to make every HDB city EV-ready by 2030," added Ong.
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