German Embassy in Singapore Sets a Green Example to Others With BMW i3

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Singapore is not exactly known to be the most proactive in pushing for increased adoption of electric cars on the island. But, one diplomatic mission in Singapore is hoping to change the climate here by taking the first step towards a green journey.

The German Embassy in Singapore has become the first embassy here to use an electric vehicle for official use. At a handover event held today, Paul de Courtois, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia, handed over the key of a brand new BMW i3 to H.E. Dr Ulrich A. Sante, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore.

Paul de Courtois (left), Managing Director, BMW Group Asia officially hands over the keys of a new BMW i3 to Dr. Ulrich A. Sante, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore. Photo © Asia 361.

The German Ambassador strongly believes in doing a part for the environment and that adopting the use of electric vehicles is a move in the right direction. “We, Germany, would like to contribute to the change of mindsets in Singapore,” he said at a media lunch during the handover.

Speaking on the long process of initiating real change, he added: “We may not get there tomorrow, but it’s about educating ourselves. It’s about educating our children.”

The German Ambassador hopes Singaporeans will follow the Embassy’s lead in purchasing an electric car and make the switch to greener vehicle options.

Dr. Ulrich A. Sante, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore, in his BMW i3. Photo © BMW Asia.

Singapore, being a small island with short driving distances, offers the perfect ground for running electric vehicles, though the adoption rate is still not high. BMW Asia is currently working with private and government organisations to drive the adoption of electric vehicles on the island.

The German Embassy in Singapore is the first embassy here to use an electric vehicle as official car. Photo © BMW Asia.

To support the German Embassy and also encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in Singapore, the Singapore Land Tower – where the German Embassy office is located – is doing its part by investing in the installation of charging stations in the building in the coming months.

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Katherine Goh is the managing editor and co-founder of Asia 361. On days when she is not writing, she spends her time dreaming of becoming a travel photographer. For editorial matters, she can be reached at email: [email protected]

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