Half of Singapore’s public bus fleet will be powered by electric buses by 2030, as announced in the Committee of Supply Joint Segment on Singapore Green Plan 2030 on 8 March 2022.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) aims to have half of its public bus fleet be electric by 2030. This is about 3,000 buses, as mentioned in a speech by Minister for Transport, Mr S Iswaran.
This is also in line with the Land Transport Master Plan 2040, where LTA has committed to a 100% cleaner energy public bus fleet by 2040.
All bus buys from now till 2030 will primarily be electric.
– Land Transport Authority
While earlier commitments to clean energy buses had left the door open for the possibility for hybrid or electric buses, this announcement is the first firm commitment that electric buses have been selected for the large-scale replacement of diesel buses.
Over 400 diesel buses will also be replaced by 2025 as they reach the end of the statutory lifespan.
LTA will replace over 400 diesel buses with electric buses by 2025.
These buses would include:
- Scania K230UB (Euro IV) – 501 units
(Lifespan expiry Oct 2024 – Jan 2026)
- Mercedes-Benz OC500LE (Euro V) – 134 units
(Lifespan expiry Jun 2025 – Sep 2026)
Currently, 60 electric public buses procured by LTA in 2018 are operating on Singapore’s roads. The contract, which was fulfilled by three tenderers, included a mix of charging solutions with BYD and Yutong opting for overnight charging at depots, and ST Engineering/Linkker buses opting for opportunity charging (via pantograph) at bus interchanges.
It remains to be seen which charging solution will be adopted by LTA at scale.
|Tenderer||Electric Buses||Charging Solution Offered|
|BYD (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.||20 BYD K9 (Gemilang)||150kW Overnight Cable Charging (ABB)
@ Seletar Depot
|ST Engineering Land Systems||20 Linkker LM312||450kW Overhead Pantograph (ABB / OppCharge)
@ Bedok ITH & Bukit Panjang ITH
|Yutong-NARI Consortium||10 Yutong E12DD
10 Yutong E12
|90kW Overnight Cable Charging (NARI)
@ Bulim Depot & Loyang Depot
The CRRC TEG6125BEV03 electric bus currently on trial with Go-Ahead Singapore uses NARI chargers at Loyang Depot.
In line with LTA’s ongoing efforts to rapidly electrify the public bus fleet, many bus manufacturers have offered electric buses to LTA for trial. The following list includes 3-door buses designed for the Singapore market but yet to be offered to LTA for trial/commenced revenue service:
|eBus Model||Registration||Units acquired||Type||Bus Operator||Years in Operation|
|LexSWITCH E12 SD||TBC||TBC||3-Door SD||TBC||–|
|Scania e-Bus||TBC||TBC||2-Door SD||TBC|
|Volvo BZL – SC Neustar City||SG4007T||1||3-Door SD||TTS||2023–|
|Zhongtong LCK6126EVG||SG4010H||1||3-Door SD||GAS||2023–|
7 thoughts on “1 in 2 public buses to be electric by 2030”
Future electric buses
Europeans:Volvo,MAN & probably Mercedes-Benz.
Chinese:Yutong & BYD.
Probably a Japanese brand.
It Must Be MAN ST Engineering Buses and BYD