The future has arrived… at ComfortDelGro Driving Centre (CDC).
Known for being the place of many drivers’ first experiences behind the wheel, the familiar school at Ubi is going to see a greener future.
Electric Vehicles Available Soon
If you are about to start learning to drive or are already doing so, you will soon be able to opt for an electric vehicle (EV) for your Class 3A Licence Course at CDC.
EVs are known to be eco-friendly as they use battery electrically powered engines which do not emit any toxic gases or smoke.
Starting 1 June, the centre will add five electric cars to its training fleet, ComfortDelGro said on Tuesday (24 May).
It aims to have 100 electric cars by 2030, accounting for more than half of its training fleet.
Drivers at the centre will be using the Hyundai Kona Electric (standard range), which has a small turning radius and is suitable for the centre’s driving circuit.
Five alternative current charging stations have been installed at the premises to charge the EVs, which take about six hours to fully charge.
The EVs will be available to corporate learners for their defensive and familiarisation driving courses and to the Elite Team learners to book via the MyCDC App.
Apart from their energy-saving function, EVs also have other slight differences compared to normal cars.
Learners undergoing the EV training can expect differences relating to the sensitivity of the accelerator, engine sound, engine brake, turning radius, and maintenance.
The centre said that the EV training will allow learners to better understand the electronic control buttons that come with the vehicle.
Electric Motorcycles to be Added
Apart from electric cars, the centre will also add two electric Alrendo TS Bravo motorcycles (Class 2A) for its non-licensing corporate training course by the end of the year.
“With greater awareness in the field of sustainability, it is timely that we start rolling out EVs so that learners become more familiar with such vehicles,” said Vincent Tan, CEO of CDC.
“This will also help increase the adoption of EV driving going forward,” he added.
If demand for EV training picks up, the school said it will expect to add on even more of such vehicles going forward.
As part of efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, the driving centre has also installed 290 solar panels on its rooftop. The move will help the centre reduce its monthly electricity bills by 30 per cent.
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