BlueSG Car Review (2020): Can You Save Money By Car-Sharing?

We’re pretty sure you’ve seen them around, the large blue and red letters spelling out BlueSG plastered on the side of a rather cute looking car. 

While they were far and few between on the roads a mere two to three years ago, BlueSG cars are slightly more ubiquitous now, and they’ll more than likely grow as Singaporeans look for better ways to travel both economically and environmentally.

There perhaps isn’t a better time now to consider BlueSG as a transport option with our economy taking a big hit. Wallets are shrinking and luxuries like owning a car or even taking a Grab can be outside of budget for some. 

But with Covid-19 still spreading in the community, squeezing onto public transport may not be the ideal situation for travelling around. BlueSG gives you that option of travelling in comfort at a more affordable price.

What is BlueSG?

If you didn’t know already, these cars belong to BlueSG, Singapore’s first electric car-sharing service which has impressively reached one million rentals since its inception in December 2017. 

When BlueSG was first launched, there was only a small fleet of 80 “Bluecars” and just 30 charging stations in Singapore. Almost three years later, in August 2020, BlueSG has grown to 667 “Bluecars” and 346 charging stations.

What is BlueSG’s pricing like?

BlueSG operates on a subscription basis which charges you a fee for monthly access. 

The $8/month Basic plan has no commitment and you can write in five days prior to the renewal date of the subscription to cancel. 

The $18/month Premium plan, however, has a minimum commitment period of six months. The added benefit of the Premium plan is that it includes 45 minutes of car usage a month.

On top of the monthly subscription, BlueSG car rates start from $0.33/min. A monthly subscription and a per minute rate when you drive? That looks pretty steep at first glance, but it may not necessarily be so. 

Let’s compare the two BlueSG plans against taking Grab, assuming you use these services infrequently (just 4 x 15 minute rides a month).

Type of plan

BlueSG Basic

BlueSG Premium

Private Car Hire

Subscription fee

$8

$18 (includes 45 minutes free)

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Rental costs

$19.80 (60 minutes)

$4.95 (15 minutes)

$32 (assuming $8 per ride)

Monthly total cost

$27.80

$22.95

$32

Where are BlueSG’s stations located?

There are over 340 BlueSG charging stations and parking lots located across the island so you should be able to find your fair share of locations to your convenience. 

There are generally more BlueSG stations on the east and northeast side of Singapore, so if you happen to live on that side of Singapore or are travelling to the area, you shouldn’t face too many problems trying to find a car or car park. 

The only small downside is that each station comes with four lots which may be quite limited, especially as others reserve lots for themselves. Do note that you have to park at one of BlueSG’s designated lots and plug in to the station, otherwise your rental timing will continue to run!

What’s the BlueSG driving experience like?

Yes, the pricing may be slightly cheaper than a Grab ride and there are considerably a lot of charging stations and parking lots around Singapore, but how does the car actually feel? 

We took a BlueSG car out for a spin and here’s what we thought!

It was a smooth 20 minute ride from Queenstown to Tanjong Pagar, and it would have been a little quicker had we known exactly where the BlueSG lots were within the car park. With more usage, however, we’d expect that wouldn’t be much of a problem assuming you’d normally take the same routes and travel to the same locations. 

The car runs decently smooth considering the number of people that have used them. We’d suggest to always check the brakes and accelerator before moving off to make sure they are fine and working as well as get used to their individual pressures. 

The interior of the car is generally clean and there aren’t too many things to gripe about considering that it’s a car-sharing service. If you’re more particular about cleanliness, you can always bring disinfectant wipes to wipe down the surfaces before driving. 

For the most optimal and seamless BlueSG experience, we’d highly recommend reserving both a car and a parking lot before starting your journey. 

Everything you need can be found on the app. It was relatively easy navigating between the different tabs as well locating the various locations on their in-app map.

Some locations require a reservation fee of $1, but it’s much more worth it if you consider that the alternative is wasting time and money trying to find another car park when you realise that the original place you wanted to park at is full or reserved. 

What if you get into a car accident while driving BlueSG?

As much as one can try to be safe on the roads, things can sometimes be outside of your control. 

Should an accident happen while you’re driving BlueSG, will you be insured? What happens when the car is damaged?

For one, BlueSG does provide insurance coverage up to the minimum amount required by the law per their Terms and Conditions. Do also note that there are excess fees and such fees differ based on the different age and driving experience of the members. 

If you do happen to get into a car accident, immediately call their 24/7 Customer Relations Centre at +65 3163 7800. 

A BlueSG and PolicyPal collaboration

All in all, BlueSG is a viable transport alternative for quick and short trips around. If you’ve been meaning to give BlueSG a try, here’s your chance now as we’re having a special collaboration with them.

For PolicyPal members, sign up for the BlueSG Basic Plan with the promo code BSGXPolicyPal and you’ll get two months membership free (worth $16). Promotion is valid for new members only, till 31 December 2020. 

Website: www.bluesg.com.sg

Terms & Conditions:
The promotion code is valid for usage from 3 September 2020 until 31 December 2020 only.
Valid for first-time BlueSG customers signing up for the Basic Plan only. Promo code must be correctly entered and applied during the application process.
Free two months membership refers to the monthly membership fee for the Basic Plan only.
The Basic Plan membership will be auto-renewed for a successive period of 1 month unless we receive a written termination at least 5 days prior to the renewal date.
The Basic Plan effective start date should be no later than 31 December 2020 only.
BlueSG Terms and Conditions apply.
BlueSG reserves the right to terminate, suspend, cancel (in whole or in part) this promotion.
BlueSG reserves the right to amend these terms & conditions of this promotion from time to time without prior notice and without liability.
For more information, please refer to full terms and conditions.

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