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NTU to conduct trials for Singapore’s first electric bicycle-sharing service

NTU to conduct trials for Singapore’s first electric bicycle-sharing service

Furthering its Smart Campus initiative, Nanyang
Technological University, Singapore (NTU) announced
that it will conduct trials for Singapore’s first electric bicycle-sharing
service, in collaboration with Free2Move – French automobile giant, Groupe
PSA’s mobility brand.

NTU, Groupe PSA’s Business Lab and Free2Move brand are
jointly heading up the pilot project.

The “Free2Move Bikesharing” service will have 20 PEUGEOT
electric bikes for use around NTU’s campus. The e-bikes have a 400 watt-hour
(Wh) battery offering 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 two docking stations, which are
fitted with solar panels to save energy while charging. NTU has 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.

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

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 project also aims to assess users’
motivations for using an e-bike and their riding preferences through big data
analytics, which will help to optimise the location and number of docking
stations.

In addition, the study will 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.”

“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,” added Brigitte Courtehoux,
Executive Vice President of Mobility & Connectivity Services, Groupe PSA.

“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” commented Gregory Blokkeel, Head of the Business Lab entity in
Singapore.

Other recent mobility
initiatives at NTU

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh  his vision
for transforming NTU into a smart campus
in January. Testing and implementation
of cutting-edge transportation technologies is a key aspect of the smart campus
plans.

On January 11,  NTU signed a
cooperation agreement with Volvo Buses to collaborate on a research and
development program for autonomous electric buses. One of the autonomous
electric buses will be used on Singapore's advanced new test facility
for autonomous vehicles, CETRAN (Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research
of Autonomous Vehicles), opened in
December 2017. The second bus will be used for tests in the bus depot in
partnership with the public transport operator SMRT

On January 22, NTU announced
trials of an ultra-fast charging
electric shuttle in collaboration with BlueSG
Pte. Ltd
., a subsidiary of Blue
Solutions
, owned by the Bolloré
Group
. The fully electric vehicle only requires 20 seconds to recharge at
stations which are fitted for its quick charging while passengers board and
alight, enabling emission-free continuous operation.