Best Cars for PHV Gojek/Grab to Increase Earnings

Best Cars for PHV Gojek/Grab
Best Cars for PHV Gojek/Grab

Based on Statista, There are more than 73,000 private-hire vehicles on the road. This is since the inception of Uber, Grab, Gojek into the Singapore market in 2013.

The number is so huge that it outnumbers traditional taxi by 1 to 5 times, Private-hire vs Taxi, which is better? With so many private-hire vehicles on the road, which is the best choice of vehicle that can meet the requirement of PHV

The Electric Car

Fuel consumption – Relies purely on battery charging. A full charge from empty takes almost 2 hours and has a range of 400km. EV Taxi are still not popular yet due to the challenges in EV charger infrastructure

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Who should drive this – Full-time private-hire drivers who drive at least 180 trips a week, HDT taxi which has since closed down is using such platform. LTA has mentioned they are on track to meet the Electric charger installation target.

Pros –

  • Zero petrol cost
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • New cars

Cons –

  • Charging time can take up to 2 hours for a full charge
  • Limited charging points
  • Almost all electric cars are pasted with PHV decal so you are as visible as a Taxi
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The Hybrid Machine

Average Fuel consumption – 20km/l to 25km/l

Who should drive this – Full-time private-hire drivers who drive at least 180 trips a week


Fuel efficient = Save money on petrol

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  • High rental cost as a result of sky-high demand from Drivers

What cars are in this category – Toyota Prius. Honda Shuttle hybrid, Honda Vezel Hybrid, Toyota Axio Hybrid, Honda Grace Hybrid

The Unfair Advantage of being Big

Average Fuel consumption – 10km/L to 12km/L

Who should drive this – Part-time/ Full-time Drivers focused more on fare than incentives

Pros –

  • Advantage of receiving higher fares from 6 seater rides, 6seaterEconomy, 6seaterFamily trip requests
  • More trips request than standard 4-seaters
  • Comfort creature – No need to squeeze when you have a full house GrabShare trip

Cons –

  • Not as fuel-efficient as the Hybrids and compact cars

Cars in this category – Toyota Wish, Honda Stream, Honda Crossroad, Toyota Sienta,

Old-School Fuel Efficient Machine

Average Fuel consumption – 13km/l to 16km/l

Who should drive this – Drivers who drive up to 80 trips a week

Pros –

  • Affordable rental
  • Easy to drive

Cons –

  • Older cars
  • Limited cabin space

Cars in this category – Honda Jaz/Fit, Toyota Vios, Mitsubishi Attrage

The odd kid on the block

Average Fuel consumption – 16km/l to 18km/l

Who should drive this – Full-time private-hire drivers who drive at least 180 trips a week

Pros –

  • Above average fuel consumption
  • Powerful engine
  • Cheap diesel cost
  • New car

Cons –

  • Higher rental cost
  • Limited units in the market

Cars in this category – Ssanyong Tivoli, Opel Mokka, Seat Toledo

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Confused on what car to drive? see what are the most popular cars that Gojek/Grab Drivers are driving in Singapore.

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