What to do at Singapore’s first electric car show, EV Weekend 2021, which brings electric motoring to the forefront with cars from Audi, BMW, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, MG, and Mini
– 10 cars from Audi, BMW, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, MG, and Mini
– Physical event at The Forum, Resorts World Sentosa from 3 to 12 December, 12pm to 8pm
– Virtual showroom at evweekend.sg
– Livestream event on 9 December at evweekend.sg
– Test drives open to the public (pre-registration required) on 10 to 12 December
UPDATE December 9, 2021: EV Weekend’s brand/panel livestream night showed Singapore is ready for the e-motoring push while the event itself was warmly welcomed by the public and the motoring industry.
SINGAPORE – EV Weekend, the Lion City’s first car show focusing on electric vehicles (EVs) kicked off at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) today.
The on-site event runs from December 3 to December 12, 2021, from 12pm to 8pm daily, where attendees can see the cars in the metal. It also includes a virtual/on-line experience as well: There’s a virtual showroom at EVWeekend.sg where visitors can interact with all of the cars and explore key points about them.
RWS’ Forum is a sheltered, open-air venue hence visitors to EV Weekend can walk-in to view the cars without prior registration. Registration is required to view the livestream event, and to take part in the lucky draw.
On December 9, there will be a closed-door, live-streamed event that includes brand presentations and two discussion panels centred on EVs. On Friday to Sunday, December 10 to 12, there will be test drives of EVs and electrified cars open to the public (pre-registration required). For more information on how to proceed, visit EVWeekend.sg.
EV Weekend 2021 is the first iteration of the event, which is billed as Singapore’s first and largest showcase of EVs. Considering the times we live in, you could argue that having a multi-brand motor show at all is itself an eye-opener.
It’s positioned as a consumer-focused event aimed at increasing public awareness of EVs and topics related to that, including charging and ownership, amidst Singapore’s overt push towards cleaner motoring.
The show features 10 cars from major car brands with EVs in their lineup, namely Audi, BMW, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, MG, and Mini, with more models available for test drives. Besides these brands, the show also features tie-ups with Bridgestone, Pirelli, BlackVue, ST Engineering and the EV Association of Singapore (EVAS).
There are 10 cars on display at The Forum, RWS, but the value is being able to see a full spectrum of EVs all in one place and at one sitting. Each car display also has unique AR and additional information to check out, some with special offers and promos too.
The cars run the gamut from mainstream to luxury, including a small funky hatchback, family SUVs, luxury SUVs, a powerful and sexy GT, and a car never before seen in Singapore. We run you through each car on display right here – click on the car names in the photos to find out more.
Audi’s brought two of its E-Tron (the brand’s term for its EVs) lineup here – the coupe-style SUV the E-Tron Sportback, and its own e-flagship the sexy, fast four-door E-Tron GT.
The latter is BMW’s new electric flagship, the iX SUV, made its public debut at the event. It’s the brand’s next big step in electric motoring, the car features things also never before seen anywhere, let alone a BMW. We’ve covered the iX in detail in our local debut story here. Meanwhile its iX3 is, as we dubbed, the best of the X3 lineup even in Singapore.
Mercedes has a pair of its Mercedes-EQ (the Mercedes electric sub-brand) SUVs at RWS – the small SUV EQA – and the larger, more luxurious EQC.
MG’s fast reinventing itself from a maker of mainstream cars to mainstream EV cars that don’t break the bank, but coupled with solid quality and design as the MG ZS SUV and MG 5 wagon show.
Kia’s showing off its Niro EV – the small hatch that’s also an affordable hybrid – but the EV model packs a superb near-500km range as we tested it. Meanwhile Mini shows that e-motoring can be just as characterful as the rest of its range with the Cooper SE.
Those who wish to avoid the crowd but still want to experience the cars and see the highlights of each, as well as exploring them inside and out can visit EVWeekend’s virtual showroom.
The best way to experience something is to do it yourself. If you want to test drive an EV yourself, most of the cars on display at the show are available for real-life drives at RWS. The test drives also include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
But you should move quickly if you want to get behind the wheel – CarBuyer understands the test drive slots are filling up quickly. Due to government regulations, test drives are on a strictly pre-booked basis and no walk-in test drives are accepted.
A closed-door industry event will take place on the evening of December 9. Highlights of this event include an insight into German brands Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, their electrification strategies and outlook on the near future. There will also be two discussion panels, the first focusing on the industry and the backdrop to electric mobility, and the second on EV ownership itself with input from actual EV owners and experts.
EV Weekend is especially timely, given that Singapore has gone all-in on the electric vehicle bandwagon, announcing its Singapore Green Plan 2030 earlier this year, and introducing significant financial incentives for motorists to switch to electric cars, and to a lesser extent, electrified cars such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids.
The show is organised by UCARS – Singapore’s fastest growing car marketplace – and supported by CarBuyer.
Mr Hong Chun Mun, the CEO of UCARS, said: “At UCARS, we aim to provide consumers with the right information and resources they need before embarking on the car buying journey. In recent years, we have grown exponentially, dealing with thousands of cars from dealers islandwide, and we know how daunting it is to sell or buy a car in Singapore. We are aware of the knowledge gaps our consumers are facing and with our team’s expertise, we are confident that they can benefit greatly from our platform and have an immersive experience with the upcoming EV Weekend.”