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NUS and Toyota Tsusho to test electric vehicles on campus

20 2012

The Toyota Auto COMS ready for test

(From left) Engineering Dean Prof Lim Seh Chun, of Electrical Computer Engineering Chua Kee Chaing, Engineering Prof Chan and Mr Kakihara a close look at the 2nd generation Auto Body COMS at the launch

Toyota Tsusho’s electric vehicles (EVs), the Body COMS, will be around NUS’ Kent campus and University Town as of a year-long study on the viability of and expanding personal mobility for short distance travel in

This is the first time the single-seater Toyota Auto COMS (standing for C hotto O M achimade S uisui in Japanese, means smooth, short into town) is being outside of Japan. A fleet of 10 EVs is currently housed at the Temasek NUS.


Formalising the research partnership, a of Understanding was signed by NUS Faculty of Dean Professor Chan Eng and Toyota Tsusho Asia Pte Ltd Executive Vice President of the Business Unit COO Mr Yasuhiro on 19 July.

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With this study, will evaluate the performance, as well as the environmental impact of the EVs in Singapore’s context and devise measures. For a start, some 30 NUS members will be commuting in the and a total of 160 NUS staff and students be involved eventually in the year-long

Powered by sealed lead-acid the second generation micro EVs can 35 to 45 kilometres at an electronically limited top of 50 km per hour. The EV, which weighs 300 kg, eight hours to be fully

For a city to be sustainable, its infrastructure to be smart and flexible, adapting to the needs. Micro EVs like the Auto Body COMS certainly fit in, not only as a solution to the or last mile problem but for essential, speedy transport, Prof Chan. He added the NUS campus is an ideal test bed for vehicles as it is a microcosm of a smart and city.

Already in use on public roads the motorcycle category in Japan, the Auto Body COMS has applications in Singapore, said Mr For example, it would allow commuters to park their on the town fringes and make way to their final destinations shared EVs, thus emissions and freeing up precious or educational space currently up by car parks.

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