ComfortDelGro-ENGIE partnership wins EV charger tenders from URA

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Singapore land-transport player ComfortDelGro and French energy company ENGIE jointly won bids for three of five tender regions to install electric vehicle (EV) chargers across 200 carparks in the city-state.

The CDG-ENGIE tie up will install 479 of the total 632 chargers set to be introduced next year, or around 75 percent of the chargers in the pilot program, the companies said in a filing to SGX Friday.

“This is a major win for the partnership between ComfortDelGro and ENGIE in the area of EV charging and we are excited to be given the opportunity to offer our expertise to bolster EV adoption in the local transport industry,” Yang Ban Seng, ComfortDelGro’s managing director and group CEO, said in the statement. “We will work hand in hand with ENGIE to populate the island with EV charging stations, bringing green energy to the masses.”

Thomas Baudlot, ENGIE’s Southeast Asia CEO, added: “Leveraging on ENGIE’s global track record in green mobility and low carbon energy solutions, we wish to provide all Singaporeans who are eager to switch to Electric Vehicles with clean and affordable electricity.”

The tender from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Singapore’s urban planning authority, was hotly contested, with 19 bids submitted, the filing said; Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 calls for 60,000 EV charging points nationwide.

Installation will begin before year-end, with completion expected by the third quarter of next year, the filing said.

The chargers — which will include 192 of 22kW AC chargers, 279 of 7kW AC chargers and eight 50kW DC chargers — will be installed in the Central, East and West areas, the filing said.

In addition to installing chargers in public carparks, the two companies are also looking at building EV charging farms at ComfortDelGro’s premises.

The farms, some of which will use renewable energy, will offer fast-charging services to taxi drivers and public users, the filing said.

“This is in line with ComfortDelGro’s announcement that it is committing S$50 million in clean energy technology and research, which include transiting towards a clean-energy fleet, improving energy efficiency, adopting renewables and driving business innovation, for the next five years,” the statement said.