Free2Move and NTU to trial Singapore’s first electric bike-sharing service [fr]

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Free2Move – French automobile giant, Groupe PSA’s mobility brand – will be conducting trials for Singapore’s first electric bicycle-sharing service known as “Free2Move Bikesharing”.

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Free2Move – French automobile giant, Groupe PSA’s mobility brand – will be conducting trials for Singapore’s first electric bicycle-sharing service known as “Free2Move Bikesharing”.

The bike-sharing service by Free2Move will have 20 PEUGEOT electric bikes and two docking stations for use around NTU’s campus. The pilot project which offers the service for free aims to promote an “active and green” means of mobility for the first or last kilometre around NTU’s sprawling campus.

The e-bikes come with a 400 watt-hour (Wh) battery which offers a range of up to 75 kilometres, enabling cyclists to make longer and faster trips compared with traditional bikes. The e-bikes can be dropped off at any location on campus or at the docking stations, which are fitted with solar panels to save energy while charging.

Using a smartphone application developed by NTU and Groupe PSA’s Business Lab Singapore entity, users will be able to geo-locate the closest e-bike and check its battery level.

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The pilot project also aims to assess users’ motivations for using an e-bike and their riding preferences, which will help to optimise the location and number of docking stations accordingly. The study will also look at improving communication systems between the e-bikes and the mobile devices, including exploring the use of renewable energy and cloud monitoring for charging stations.

Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Vice President for Research, said: “NTU’s lush campus is not only a living lab for cutting-edge research but it also hosts a wide array of sustainable technologies ranging from building and construction, to mobility and transportation. Coupled with NTU’s research strengths in sustainability and innovation, our partnership with Groupe PSA will not only develop greener mobility solutions but also support Singapore’s drive towards becoming a car-lite society.”

Brigitte Courtehoux, Executive Vice President of Mobility & Connectivity Services, Groupe PSA, added, “We are entering the bikesharing market with a smart electric and connected bike solution for a seamless use thanks to advanced technologies. This highlights our Free2Move mobility brand’s ambition for making the mobility easier with a wide array of solutions for getting around. We are proud to collaborate on this project with Nanyang Technological University”.

“Singapore is an incredible play-ground. The local authorities promotes several initiatives for an active and green mobility; many actors are deploying new mobility services. The ‘eco-campus’ project deployed with NTU is one of them; it involves Groupe PSA and NTU’s team with high competencies” added Gregory Blokkeel, Head of the Business Lab entity in Singapore.

NTU, Groupe PSA’s Business Lab and Free2Move brand are jointly heading up the pilot project. NTU also partnered with PylonCity, a local start-up specialising 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.

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Dernière modification : 08/02/2018

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