Singapore sets up its first electric bikesharing service
Free2Move, Groupe PSA’s mobility brand, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore set up Singapore’s first electric and connected bikesharing service, Free2Move Bikesharing. Initially, 20 Peugeot electric bikes—along with two docking stations—are available for use around NTU’s campus before the service expands. The project intends to promote an “active and green” means of mobility.
The e-bikes come with a 400 W·h battery, which offers a range of up to 75 km (47 mi). They can be dropped off at any location on the campus or at the docking stations, which are fitted with solar panels to save energy while charging.
Users are able to geo-locate the closest e-bike and check on its battery charge level via a smartphone application co-developed by NTU and Groupe PSA’s Business Lab Singapore entity.
The pilot project also aims to assess users’ motivations for using an e-bike and their riding experiences, which will help to optimize the location and the number of docking stations. It will also look into improving communication systems between the e-bikes and the mobile devices, including the use of renewable energy and cloud monitoring for charging stations.
NTU, Groupe PSA’s Business Lab, and Free2Move brand are jointly heading up the pilot project. NTU also partnered with PylonCity, a local startup specializing in e-scooter charging stations and monitoring systems, to install docking stations for the e-bikes that can also work with other personal mobility devices.