As petrol prices continue to increase, electric cars are looking more and more attractive with the various incentives offered by our government. If you are thinking of jumping on the bandwagon to switch to an electric car, read on to learn more about this greener vehicle option and whether it is time to get one now.
With the increasing availability of electric cars in the local market , electric car prices are getting more competitive! One of the latest high-powered electric car models (that hits 100kmh in 3.3 seconds!) would cost less than $160,000 before COE – “it’s basically a super sports car at half the price!”
Besides the price, other factors that you should note include the range of the electric car and the power consumption; i.e. how long the car can travel on a full charge and how much electricity is require, etc.
Did you know that recharging an electric car is cheaper as compared to conventional vehicles as the cost of electricity per km is much cheaper than petrol? With the increasing number of charging stations in Singapore, you no longer have to worry about running low on ‘electricity’.
Electric cars are also easier and cheaper to maintain as they have fewer moving parts, which means lesser wear and tear components.
#TiqOurWord Did you know that Singapore will be phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to fully electric vehicles by 2040? You can receive a rebate of up to 45 per cent on the Addition Registration Fee through the EV Early Adoption Incentive, which will narrow the upfront cost gap between electric and ICE cars!
You may have already heard about the Singapore Green Plan 2030, where our government plans to achieve net-zero emissions and enhance the country’s liveability by the year 2030. This plan includes adopting greener means of commuting and all new cars registered from 2030 will have to be “cleaner energy models”.
As electric cars run on electricity, which is a cleaner energy source that emits zero pollutants, you’d be doing your part to help Singapore be greener if you drive an electric car.
Challenges of owning an electric car
With the early adoption incentives and greater sustainability in the long run, electric cars do look attractive but before you jump on the bandwagon, you should also be aware of some potential challenges of owning an electric car:
- Lack of charging infrastructure
While the number of charging points at public carparks and private premises have been increasing, with plans to setup 60,000 charging points by 2030, there are only 1,700 charging stations currently available in Singapore. The lack of charging stations is an important concern, as deep discharging (aka your car running out of power completely) can cause the battery cells to deteriorate and reduce performance in the long run.
- Fire risks
With the recent spate of car fires in Singapore, it is important to access fire risks of any vehicle that you plan to purchase. As electric cars run on Lithium-ion batteries, there is always that risk of fire hazard because these batteries are combustible.
It is, however, good to note that electric car poses much lower risks of fire explosions as compared to conventional vehicles. At this point, we can’t help but to emphasise on the importance of having adequate car insurance.
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Is it worth buying an electric car yet?
While you weigh out the options of purchasing an electric car, do consider the overall costs and sustainability in the long run. Regardless of your final decision, always remember that safety takes first priority when you are on the road, and a reliable car insurance will make all the difference.
Information is accurate as at 18 February 2021. This policy is underwritten by Etiqa Insurance Pte. Ltd. (Company Reg. No. 201331905K). Protected up to specified limits by SDIC.
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