Singapore-based startup Beep announced today (June 21) the rollout of Voltality, which is dubbed to be Southeast Asia’s (SEA) first eMobility platform focused on offering a seamless payment experience.
Voltality will launch its eRoaming service, VoltNet, through a pilot programme starting in June. This initiative support the government’s goal to increase electric vehicle (EV) adoption as part of the Singapore Green Plan 2030.
The introduction of eRoaming through VoltNet will digitally connect Charge Point Operators (CPOs) and eMobility Service Providers (eMSPs) on a single network. This provides EV drivers in Singapore with the convenience of using any EV charger across the country with a single interface.
The pilot programme will onboard 25 private-hire drivers from Gojek Singapore, and will be progressively expanded to all Gojek drivers renting EVs from its GoFleet partner, Singapore Electric Vehicles Pte Ltd.
This pilot also counts Charge+, ComfortDelGro ENGIE, Shell Recharge, Keppel Volt, and Quickcharge.SG as CPOs.
“We are heartened by the support of the various CPOs in our eRoaming initiative, VoltNet, which is a first in Southeast Asia. With Voltality and VoltNet, we look forward to providing a seamless and interoperable charging solution for EV drivers, eMSPs and CPOs in the region,” said Kristoffer Jacek Soh, co-founder and CEO of Beep.
Drivers will be provided with the VoltNow Card, an eRoaming card which will enable EV drivers to pay at the charging stations without the need to download and sign up for multiple applications.
Upon completion of the charge session, an e-receipt will be sent to drivers via SMS. Drivers can then simply tap and go with VoltNow at participating EV charging points to make payment for their charge session.
“We hear first-hand the concerns of our driver-partners when considering switching to an EV. Creating a simplified charging experience and payment process is a significant step towards helping to remove barriers and encourage EV adoption amongst drivers. We look forward to our driver-partners experiencing the benefits of VoltNet through this pilot, ultimately helping improve EV infrastructure in Singapore, contributing to Singapore’s Green Plan 2030, and our own ambitious target to transition the entire Gojek fleet to EVs by 2030,” said Lien Choong Luen, general manager of Gojek Singapore.
Freddie Chew, general manger of ComfortDelGro ENGIE, added that this will give EV drivers greater accessibility to more EV charging services under a single charging network. This will not only alleviate EV drivers’ range anxiety, but also encourage EV adoption across various stakeholders in Singapore.
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