Published on: 22-Jan-2018
Developed by the Blue Solutions, Bolloré Group, the shuttle undergoes quick charging at charging stations while passengers board or alight.
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and BlueSG Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Blue Solutions owned by the Bolloré Group, have launched Singapore's first flash-charging electric shuttle.
Named the NTU-Blue Solutions Flash Shuttle, the fully electric vehicle only requires 20 seconds to recharge at stations which are fitted for its quick charging while passengers board and alight. The shuttle was launched on 22nd January 2018 by NTU's Vice President (Research) Professor Lam Khin Yong and BlueSG's Managing Director Mr Franck Vitté and witnessed by the French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Ms. Frédérique Vidal.
Equipped with supercapacitors and a LMP® battery developed by Blue Solutions, the shuttle can travel two kilometres on a single charge, with backup power that provides for an additional 30 kilometres.
The vehicle will run a 1km test route with two stops - one at NTU's Halls of Residence at North Hill in Jalan Bahar, and the other at JTC's CleanTech One building, part of the Jurong Innovation District. As part of the trials, NTU students would also be able to ride the shuttle from the second half of 2018.
The operating cost is about five to ten times lower than traditional tram systems as the shuttle does not require infrastructure such as rails or overhead power cables. This research partnership with BlueSG will run for two years and is supported by the Economic Development Board, Singapore.
As part of NTU's Smart Campus initiative, the university is also in talks with BlueSG to install electric vehicle car-sharing stations. These will also add to the existing pool of electric vehicle charging stations around campus. It will enhance NTU's connections with nearby communities in Jurong West, Jurong East, Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang, and to the rest of Singapore.
Students, staff and faculty will be able to rent a BlueSG vehicle and can drive it around Singapore and return the vehicle to any BlueSG charging station. Members of the public can also drive into NTU's campus using the convenience and flexibility of the BlueSG program.
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