Grab is to bring in 200 new electric vehicles (EVS) and use SP’s pervasive fast-charging network.

The new fleet will be rolled out in Singapore from early 2019. Drivers can access what Grab says are preferential EV charging rates from SP, at all their charging stations island-wide.

The announcement marks SP’s first fleet partnership since it unveiled plans in June to build Singapore’s largest and fastest public EV charging network. SP has committed to build 500 publicly accessible charging points, comprising both DC and AC chargers by 2020.

Grab and SP will study EV usage patterns and behaviours to improve the accessibility and utilisation of EV charging stations. SP plans to install its charging points in convenient locations, many within close-proximity to coffee-shops and food outlets.

“We have heard from our driver-partners a faster charge time and longer EV driving range are important considerations for them when making the switch to EVs,” said Grab head, Singapore, Lim Kell.

“We have taken their feedback on board and have negotiated the best deals to bring them concrete savings and the best vehicle model to cater to their driving needs.

“Grab operates the largest electric and hybrid vehicle fleet in South-East Asia today and we are committed to delivering the benefits from EVs to more of our driver-partners.”

Specific details on pricing of charging facilities and EV models will be disclosed towards the end of the year when SP Group is expected to set up the first 30 charging points.