Two BlueSG electric cars are charging (Source: AFP)

Singapore (VNA) – Singapore, on December 12, rolled out its first large-scale electric car-sharing programme, as part of plans to encourage use of public transport.

BlueSG, a unit of France’s Bollore Group, is in charge of the service, which began with about 80 cars and 30 charging stations. It aims to operate 1,000 electric vehicles and 2,000 charging points by 2020, which would make the programme in Singapore the world’s second-biggest after Paris.

BlueSG’s zero-emission cars feature two-door hatchbacks that carry four people. Users can subscribe to one of two membership plans and use a BlueSG app to book a car and reserve a parking space. Cars have to be picked up from and returned to a BlueSG charging station.

Singapore is one of the world’s most expensive places to own a car, with the average price exceeding 80,000 USD, as the Government is working to limit vehicle numbers.-VNA