The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has plans to procure around 400 new electric buses in an attempt to transition 50 per cent of Singapore’s public bus fleet to be battery operated (BEV). The call for tender is the largest of its kind announced by the public transport agency. The new e-buses will be deployed across the country starting 2024 and will replace the existing diesel-operated fleet that are nearing their 17-year statutory lifespan.

All of the buses will be single-deck and will have three doors with a low-floor design. The buses will be able to travel more than 280 km on a single charge. There will be an option for an additional on-board pantograph charging system. Delivery of the buses will start from October 2024 with the last batch scheduled to arrive in October 2025.

Suppliers with local after-sales support will be preferred. The contract is expected to be awarded in the second half of 2023.

Additionally, a separate tender has also been launched to install electric charging infrastructure at four future bus depots, including Sengkang West, Gali Batu, East Coast and Kim Chuan. The chargers will also be installed at two upcoming integrated transport hubs (ITHs) in Punggol Coast and Pasir Ris.