|This is five years earlier than the target to have all new vehicles to be "cleaner energy" models by 2030. (Photo by= Shintaro Tay/ Strait Times)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] New diesel cars and taxis registration in Singapore will stop starting in 2025, Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung announced on Thursday (Mar 4), according to CNA.
This is part of efforts to "further pave the way for greener vehicles", said Mr. Ong. "As we know, diesel cars emit PM2.5 (particulate matter) and are even more pollutive (than petrol vehicles)," he said. While diesel vehicles consist of about 85 percent of Singapore's taxi fleet five years ago, their numbers dwindled in recent years, and now only about 40 percent of the country's 15,888 taxis.
As of January, there are 18,081 diesel cars on the roads here, making up about 2.8 percent of Singapore's car population, according to figures from the Land Transport Authority. Mr. Ong noted that the previously announced target was to phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and have all vehicles run on cleaner energy by 2040. "To realize this vision, and given that COEs (certificates of entitlement) for cars last for 10 years, we will require from 2030 all-new car and taxi registrations to be of cleaner-energy models," said Mr. Ong. He noted that in Singapore - where power is largely generated from natural gas - the net carbon savings from switching to EVs would be about 50 percent.