EV Weekend 2021: Singapore is ready for an EV future [updated]

Industry experts and representatives shared insights into the future of the EV here at the media/brand night of EV Weekend 2021, Singapore’s first and largest EV show

Updated: December 31, 2021 with brand presentations and panel discussion videos
First Published: December 10, 2021

Photos: Jay Tee and Lionel Kong

SINGAPORE – Representatives from the motoring industry, interest groups, government bodies and VIPs gathered at a closed-door dinner event held during the inaugural EV Weekend on 9 December 2021. Livestreamed to an online audience, the event reflected the major the shift toward electric motoring for Singapore.

Held at Resorts World Sentosa Equarius Hotel Ballroom, saw a speech from the Guest Of Honour, Mr Saktiandi Supaat, the Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, and Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport.

German luxury motoring brands Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz offered insights into their electrification strategy, as well as their outlook on the near future. There were also two discussion panels that took place during the event, with the first focusing on the Singaporean automotive industry at large, and the second one discussing the practical aspects of EV ownership in Singapore itself.

Mr Saktiandi Supaat, MP, and Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport

Offering the Government’s perspective, the event’s guest-of-honour, Mr Saktiandi Supaat, Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport, cited the timeliness of EV Weekend. He noted that the EV population in Singapore rose by 39 percent between the end of 2020 and the middle of 2021 according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA), with the growth aided by financial incentives and rebates from the Government to encourage the adoption of EVs.

This indicates a rising interest in EVs among Singaporeans, and the Government expects further growth in the years ahead as the EV infrastructure ramps up as part of the Singapore Green Plan 2030, which aims to eliminate non-electrified cars from Singapore’s roads over the next decade.

During the dinner event, guests shared their views and perspectives on the future of EVs in Singapore, while the panel discussions offered insights as to the state of EV development currently, as well as personal experiences of what EV motoring is like here currently.

Mr Hong Chun Mun, CEO of UCARS

EV Weekend is Singapore’s first and largest EV show, and it opened its doors on December 3, 2021, and runs until December 12, 2021. It’s organised by UCARS, Singapore’s fastest growing online car marketplace.

UCARS’ CEO, Mr Hong Chun Mun, said, “We hope that through an event like this, consumers can learn about what it’s like to drive and own an EV, and get to experience EVs for themselves.” He notes that the response from the public has “far exceeded expectations,” with the popular test drive segment being “fully booked and over subscribed.” 

Page 2: What German luxury brands Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz had to say about Singapore’s electric future

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