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The driving school is slowly bringing electrification to its learners, with an initial purchase of five Hyundai Kona Electrics and two Alendro TS Bravos.

25 May 2022 | Local News : Singapore


Transport conglomerate ComfortDelGro is making good on its long-term emission-reducing goal, this time by bringing electrification to its driving school in Ubi.

As per reporting by The Straits Times, the driving centre is adding seven EVs to its fleet preliminarily - five Hyundai Kona Electrics for Class 3A learners, as well as two Alrendo TS Bravo electric bikes.

The Alrendo TS Bravo electric bike apparently has up to 417km of range, and offers a peak torque of 54Nm (Image from Alrendo)
While the battery-powered Hyundais will already be deployed come June 2022 (and thus also be available for booking), the electric bikes are reserved for existing Class 2A license holders who wish to attend refresher courses, and will only arrive by year-end. 

Five alternating current (AC) charging stations have been installed on the grounds of the driving centre, through which the electric Hyundai Konas can get fully recharged within six hours. By 2030, learners should expect to see at least 100 units of the EV sprawling ComfortDelGro's circuit. This sum will account for more than half of its learner fleet. 

The Toyota Vios has traditionally dominated CDG's learner fleet
Working with electric drivetrains will undoubtedly be an interesting proposition for learner drivers, especially considering the extra power normally found in EVs. For context, the current Toyota Vios - a staple for learners - has 107bhp and 140Nm of torque.

That's significantly less than the figures of 134bhp and whopping 395Nm you find on the Kona Electric (we're assuming ComfortDelGro has gotten the smaller battery-variant). 

Nonetheless, given the inevitable shift to EVs, and the fact that most learner drivers step into the world of driving with a blank slate, the news might be less eyebrow-raising than we might initially think.

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