On Aug 16 Singapore Post announced that it will replace all of its lighter vehicles with electric ones by 2026. To start they have begun testing of two electric scooters and two vans.
The Iona RAP three-wheeler scooter is being considered in the pilot to replace the company’s 700 motorcycles and scooters. The Current scooters run on internal combustion engines.
The BYD T3 electric vans, if successful, are also expected to gradually phase out SingPost’s 140 petrol vans as their certificates of entitlement expire in the next five years.
SingPost’s target is to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 35 per cent by 2030.
“As Singapore’s leading last-mile and postal service provider, our delivery vehicles traverse the length and breadth of the nation every day,” said Mr Vincent Phang, chief executive of SingPost Singapore and its postal services.
“There is a tremendous potential for us to do better for the planet.”
The two Iona RAP scooters will be piloted on the Anson-Road-Shenton Way and Emerald Hill-Cairnhill routes, and will appear in a distinctive green livery, SingPost said.
They have been found to emit roughly 75 per cent less greenhouse gases compared with their internal combustion engine counterparts. The Land Transport Authority of Singapore has approved the vehicle as a potential alternative.
The BYD T3 electric van emits about 50 per cent less greenhouse gases than petrol-fuelled vans and has a range of 300km on a full charge, with a maximum cargo volume of 3,800 litres.
SingPost said it is also in talks with various distributors to replace its heavy vehicle fleet with electric trucks. If successful they will be the first postal service in the Asia-Pacific region to commit to a 100 % electric delivery fleet.
Minister of State for Communications and Information and National Development Tan Kiat How said the pilots are an example of SingPost’s commitment to meeting the evolving postal needs of people and businesses.
He said that with the shift towards e-commerce, there will be a surge in parcel volumes, adding: “This shows SingPost’s commitment to environmental sustainability.”
Other big companies in Singapore that have committed to fully electrifying their fleet include Wildlife Reserves Singapore.