September 19, 2012 by Terence LEE
By October this year, if you happen to be at One-North, Singapore’s technology nerve center, don’t be surprised to see people zipping about on environmentally-friendly electric bicycles. Working hard to make this happen is Clean Mobility Singapore, the company behind Smove, an electric vehicle sharing service.
For now though, the fleet of bicycles are stored in the company’s office at Block 71. Bicycle parts lie around, mixed with electrical components, soldering machines, and circuit boards. The office resembles a cross between a workshop and a high-tech startup haunt.
Currently, the company is testing a rack of 3 bicycles in an empty plot of land behind the building. Kinks will need to be ironed out, and more racks installed at various locations before the public can use it.
The bicycles will be the third mode of transport Smove is introducing. It launched a car sharing service barely over a month ago, following by a shuttle option — essentially a reserve-only taxi service. Servicing customers are 6 white Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars marked with the Smove logo. Some of them are plugged into charging stations at the parking lots in front of Block 71. More charging stations have been placed at Pixel Building, Biopolis, Insead, and Fusionopolis. Read more