In Rwanda, a Singaporean company selling electric motorcycles is courting bikers who are fed up with high prices at the pump

Mr. Ting, a converted Muslim, has an Indonesian wife and a Singaporean daughter, both living in Jakarta. His daughter has just started university and Mr Ting said she felt “comfortable” there.

Moreover, he prefers to focus on his work in Rwanda, noting that even family could be a “distraction” in a foreign country.

“The reason why my wife and daughter stay together is because I have assignments all over the place, so let the daughter grow up with the mother,” he said, adding that he visits them “ quite often” when he was based in Singapore.

Mr Ting plans to use his accumulated 60 days of leave – COVID-19 has prevented him from returning home – to see his family this year and take a “well-deserved” break, including a trip to Singapore to settle some administrative problems.

“I won’t be here forever,” he said of his time in Rwanda. “It’s a nice challenge.”

ELECTRIC MOTORBIKES IN SINGAPORE?

Singapore is also challenging itself to phase out ICE vehicles by 2040 in a bid to reduce emissions. While electric cars are gaining popularity in the country, the adoption of electric motorcycles is lagging far behind.

Figures from the Land Transport Authority show that in 2021 only five of Singapore’s 141,594 motorbikes were electric.

According to a public transport analyst, challenges to adoption include the lack of charging infrastructure and the high cost of e-bikes compared to their ICE counterparts.

“While major manufacturers have started producing electric motorcycles, the whole e-bike ecosystem still lags behind the e-car market,” co-director Mr. Satya Ramamurthy previously told CNA. world public transport company at KPMG.

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