The Singapore Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS) which originally began January 2013 is set to be revised further as the government is looking to measure other emitted pollutants.
Toyota's Prius emits a good and low 87g/km of CO2 and is in the top tier of the CEVS rebates. Credit: Toyota
According to a recent report from The Straits Times, the current CEVS dispenses rebates or surcharges according to how much carbon dioxide (CO2) a car or taxi emits. Based on the current scheme, all new cars and imported used cars registered since 1 July 2015 with low carbon emissions of less than or equal to 135g carbon emissions per kilometre (CO2/km) already qualify for rebates between S$5,000 and S$30,000, which will be offset against the vehicle’s Additional Registration Fee (ARF). Examples of vehicles that are currently enjoying rebates include Toyota’s Prius and Prius C, as well as Lexus’ CT200h amongst many others.
While Toyota's Prius emits a mere 87g/km of CO2, its 2.4-litre Previa sold in Singapore has a figure of 207g/km. Credit: Toyota
Cars with a higher carbon emissions of 186g CO2/km and more will incur a registration surcharge of between S$5,000 and S$30,000. And as taxis generally clock a higher mileage than cars, the current CEVS rebate and surcharge for taxis are higher by 50 per cent. Which has off late prompted taxi companies like ComfortDelGro and SMRT to increase their fleet of petrol-electric cabs.
As the current CEVS will end on 30 June 2017, the new revised scheme will go further to measure emitted pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and particulate matter and could begin as early as 1 July this year.
However, as the nationwide adoption of Euro 6 emission standards for petrol vehicles begin on 1 September 2017 and diesel vehicles from 1 January 2018, the change could be delayed to be in line with this. In the report, the new CEVS revision this year will most likely affect diesel vehicles most, as they tend to emit more nitrogen oxides which are harmful to the environment and can also lead to serious health issues.
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