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Promotion of Electric Vehicles in Hong Kong

 

 

Background

Electric vehicles (EVs) have no tailpipe emissions. Replacing conventional vehicles with EVs can help improve roadside air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A wider use of EVs also contributes to the development of environmental industries.

The Finance Secretary chairs a Steering Committee on the Promotion of EVs with members drawn from various sectors to recommend a strategy complementary with specific measures to promote the use of electric vehicles in Hong Kong, having regard to the resulting energy efficiency, environmental benefits and the creation of business opportunities.

Government’s Measures to Promote the Use of
Electric Vehicles

The Government has been promoting the use of EVs by the following measures – 

  1. First Registration Tax for EVs is waived till end March 2017. Furthermore, enterprises which procure EVs are allowed 100% profits tax deduction for the capital expenditure on EVs in the first year of procurement.
  2. A HK$300 million Pilot Green Transport Fund has been put in place since March 2011 for application by transport operators and non-profit-making organizations providing services to their clients and goods vehicle owners, encouraging them to try out innovative green and low carbon transport technologies (including EVs).
  3. The ultimate policy objective of the Government is to have zero emission buses running across the territory. To this end, the Government allocated $180 million for franchised bus companies to purchase 36 single-deck electric buses for trial runs to assess their operational efficiency and performance under the local conditions. The first batch of five battery-electric buses has commenced operation by end 2015, and the remaining electric buses are expected to be put into service progressively in the fourth quarter of 2016.

EV Models in Hong Kong

As at end of October 2016, there are 6860 EVs for road use, up from less than 100 in end 2010. At present, 58 EV models from seven countries have been type-approved by the Transport Department (TD). These include 41 models for private cars and motorcycles, 17 models for public transport and commercial vehicles, listed as follows.

Vehicle classification Name of Retailer Contact Telephone Model
Private cars     Euauto MyCar
Private cars Universal Cars Limited 2721-1111 Mitsubishi iMiEV
Private cars Honest Motors Limited 2262-1088 Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF Plus
Nissan E-NV200 5-seater
Nissan E-NV200 7-seater
Private cars Tesla Motors HK Limited 3974-0288

Tesla Model S
85kWh Performance
85kWh
60kWh
70kWh Dual Motor
85kWh Performance Dual Motor
85kWh Dual Motor
90kWh Dual Motor
90kWh Performance Dual Motor
70kWh
90kWh
75kWh Dual Motor
75kWh
60kWh Dual Motor

Tesla Roadster

Private cars BMW Concessionaires (HK) Ltd. 3193-6890 BMW i3 (I01)
Private cars Wearnes Motors (HK) Ltd. 2927-3538 Renault Fluence Z.E.
Renault ZOE
Renault ZOE (16 Alloy Wheel)
Renault ZOE (R240)
Renault ZOE (Q210)
Private cars BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd 5466-6877
9708-8948
BYD e6
Private cars Fortune Dragon Motors Ltd 2433-8838 TAZZARI "EM1"
Private cars Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Ltd. 2594-8800 Daimler Smart fortwo
Private cars Volkswagen Group Hong Kong Ltd. 3698-9618 Volkswagen “eGOLF 85kW 24.2kWh CL”
Motorcycles     Brammo Enertia
Brammo Enertia Plus
Brammo Empulse
Brammo Empulse R
E-MAX "120LD+"
Vectrix VX-1
Motorcycles GMI 2443-6333 GMI Proton 750
GMI Proton 850
Motorcycles Zero Motorcycles Hong Kong 2320-0064 Zero S (ZF9)
Zero SR ZF11.4
Zero S ZF13.0
Light goods vehicles Fortune Dragon Motors Ltd 2433-8838 Micro-vett electric Doblo (based on Fiat Doblo)
Light goods vehicles Wearnes Motors (HK) Ltd. 2927-3538 Renault Kangoo Z.E.
Light goods vehicles Universal Cars Limited 2721-1111 Mitsubishi Minicab iMiEV
Light goods vehicles Honest Motors Limited 2262-1088 Nissan E-NV200 5-seater
Light bus     Smith Edison
Light bus Confidence Motors Limited 2668-1084 Wuzhoulong
FDG6700EVG
Bus BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd 6901-4188
9708-8948
BYD K9D
BYD K9R
BYD C9
Bus Great Dragon International Corp. Ltd. 2768-2466 Shandong Yixing
HC-150-120 (Great Dragon)
HC-150-105 (Feiyan)
LS-150-105
LS-130-116
Bus Confidence Motors Limited 2668-1084 Wuzhoulong
FDG6102EVG
FDG6110EV2
Bus Regal Motors Ltd. 2668-1486 Youngman "JNP6122UC" ultra capacitor bus
Taxi BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd 5466-6877
9708-8948
BYD e6

For EV models that are available for sale in Hong Kong, please check with vehicle retailers or manufacturers.

Installation of EV Chargers

In general, EV owners should charge their EVs by using charging facilities at their workplace, home or other suitable places.  The public charging network mainly serves as supplementary charging facilities, enabling EVs to top up their batteries to complete their journeys when necessary.  Therefore, potential buyers should consider charging arrangements before buying EVs.

To enhance the charging efficiency of public charging facilities, the Government has been upgrading more public chargers to medium chargers so as to reduce the charging time for EVs.  The two power companies and the commercial sector will also progressively upgrade their existing public standard chargers to medium chargers and install multi-standard quick chargers.  EV suppliers have also been pro-active in adding their EV charging facilities for their EV models at public venues.

With the steady growth in the number of EVs, there are private companies in the market that provide one-stop EV charging service, including installation of charging facilities and provision of charging service, at the EV owners’ car parks.  To facilitate EV owners, some EV charging service providers also provide real-time information on the availability of their public EV chargers and reservation of their EV chargers through mobile Apps.

As at the end of September 2016, there are over 1400 EV chargers for public use including more than 300 medium chargers in Hong Kong, covering all 18 districts in various types of buildings.  In addition, there are now 17 CHAdeMO quick chargers set up at various districts, such that there is one within around 15 km.  There are also 169 other quick chargers using other charging standards.

Regarding support to EV users, a hotline (3757 6222) was set up at the Environmental Protection Department to provide information and technical support to interested parties in setting up EV chargers at car parks.  Besides, guidelines have been issued on the arrangements and technical requirements in setting up EV chargers. The two power companies have also launched one-stop services to EV owners who intend to install charging facilities at their parking spaces. This includes site inspection, provision of technical advices, inspection of completed charging installation and connection of the power supply.

Please see below the following information related to charging facilities:-

  1. Technical Guidelines on Charging Facilities for Electric Vehicles (issued by Electrical and Mechanical Services Department)

News and Events

16.11.2016

EPD will upgrade 100 EV standard chargers to medium chargers at government car parks by end March 2017

Location of medium chargers upgrade at government car parks

29.6.2015

A Joint Seminar on setting up electric vehicle chargers in existing private residential and commercial buildings

Invitation flyer

Event

5.3.2015

Second invitation to electric taxi suppliers to set up quick chargers at government car parks

Terms of Invitation

Submission Deadline

29.7.2014

100 public EV medium chargers available for use in August (with photos)

Medium Charger Locations at Government Car Parks

16.5.2014

EPD invites electric taxi suppliers to set up quick chargers at government car parks

Invitation Notice

 

Further Information

For further information, please contact us at:

Email: ev@epd.gov.hk

 

 

 

 

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