The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the first production, street-legal all-electric car to arrive in Singapore.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the first production, street-legal all-electric car to arrive in Singapore.

Singapore will get its first batch of electric cars from Mitsubishi from September next year.

These cars will be used for a three-year study costing the Government $20 million.

Companies which participate in the studies will have to buy the car for $80,000 to $90,000 and collect data on how long the cars take to charge, how long it can go without a charge and how easy it is to charge the car.

The Energy Market Authority (EMA), which is working on this study with the Land Transport Authority, said it will be calling for tenders for companies to build charging outlets for these cars.

In particular, EMA wants to study the concept of vehicle-to-grid power where electric vehicles draw on the grid during off-peak periods and sell power back to the grid during peak periods.