ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned private bus company of ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited, announced today (November 18) that it has won the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) tender to offer shuttle bus services at its campus.
The multi-year contract, which is valued at more than S$30 million, is for the electrification of NUS’ entire fleet of shuttle bus services, propelling it to become Singapore’s largest electrified private bus fleet.
“We are excited to have won the tender to operate the largest electrified private bus fleet at the NUS Kent Ridge campus, as this is very much in line with both ComfortDelGro Bus’ and NUS’ sustainability goals,” said Stephen Chow, CEO of ComfortDelGro Bus.
“We are not new to providing the NUS shuttle service as we have been doing so for nearly two decades. But to prepare us for the transition towards electrification, we had in July this year trialled an electric bus as part of the NUS shuttle service and that has given us insights as to how we can better manage when the entire fleet will be electrified next year.”
The NUS electric buses is slated to begin operations from the third quarter of 2022.
It will continue to serve the eight existing shuttle bus routes within the campus, covering NUS Kent Ridge campus, University Town, as well as NUS Bukit Timah campus daily from 7am to 11pm, including public holidays.
They will be wheelchair-accessible and equipped with smart features such as a telematics system, an anti-fatigue system, as well as a forward and side collision warning system.
Earlier in March, ComfortDelGro Engineering shared that it is exploring the introduction of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the campus’ carparks.
The successful NUS bid comes about two months after its sister company, ComfortDelGro Engineering, won a strongly-contested tender to operate 479 of 632 electric vehicle chargers slated for introduction next year.
The chargers — comprising 192 x 22kW AC chargers, 279 x 7kW AC chargers, and 8 x 50kW DC chargers — will be installed in the central, east and west regions of Singapore.
Earlier this week, it also became one of four Singapore companies to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Asia Pacific (DJSI Asia Pacific) as one of the world’s leading companies for sustainability, following its past listing in 2019.
ComfortDelGro has since improved its performance this year to be at the 87th percentile among industry peers for all companies assessed this year, an improvement from its 80th percentile position in 2020.
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