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Sembcorp opens solar-powered EV charging hub; to be available for public use by 2022

Tan Nai Lun
Published Mon, Jul 19, 2021 · 02:22 PM

SEMBCORP Industries U96 : U96 0% ' waste management arm SembWaste has opened Singapore's first solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at its Tuas depot, it said in a press statement on Monday.

The Sembcorp Green EV Charging Hub will serve as a central charging station for Sembcorp's fleet of waste and recycling electric trucks, with the capacity to conduct about 100 electric charging cycles per day.

Apart from charging SembWaste's trucks, Sembcorp also said it has plans to open the facility for public use by other industrial vehicles, which would then serve the other industries located in the Tuas region.

The charging hub is powered by 472 kilowatt-peak (kWp) of rooftop solar photovoltaic capacity. The Tuas depot is also equipped with a smart energy management system to manage its electric power consumption digitally.

To support transport decarbonisation efforts under the Singapore Green Plan, SembWaste said it will add a fleet of electric trucks for waste collection from July, which comprises 20 per cent of the operational fleet in the Clementi-Bukit Merah and City-Punggol municipal sectors.

Koh Chiap Khiong, Sembcorp Industries' chief executive of Singapore and South-east Asia, said: "With the launch of Singapore's first solar-powered EV charging hub, Sembcorp is pleased to be supporting Singapore's transport decarbonisation efforts, and looks forward to opening up our hub for public use by other industrial vehicles."

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The opening of the charging hub was officiated by Minister for Transport S Iswaran, who noted that the reduction in emissions from electrification is greater for heavy vehicles than for light vehicles such as cars, since heavy vehicles account for nearly half the carbon emissions despite comprising less than a tenth of Singapore's vehicle population.

"Fleets that are electrified early could also catalyse the growth of our charger network, which in turn will help to support broader EV adoption," he added.

Shares of Sembcorp Industries were trading at S$2.09 as at 2.08pm on Monday, down S$0.04 or 1.9 per cent.

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