Promotion of Electric Vehicles in Hong Kong

Electric Vehicle

New First Registration Tax Concessions for Electric VehiclesNew

First registration tax (FRT) concessions for electric vehicles (EV) for the period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 inclusive are as follows –

i) electric private cars: their FRT will be waived up to $97,500; and

ii) electric commercial vehicles (including goods vehicles, buses, light buses, taxis, and special purpose vehicles), electric motor cycles and electric motor tricycles: their FRT will be waived in full.

As a one-off arrangement, electric private cars ordered by buyers from local registered distributors or arranged for shipment to Hong Kong by owners before 11:00 a.m. (Hong Kong time) of 22 February 2017 will still be entitled to have their FRT fully waived even if they are first registered after 31 March 2017.

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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. 1. First Registration Tax (FRT) for EVs is fully waived till end March 2017. A new arrangement of FRT concessions for EVs will be implemented from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 inclusive. 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 to encourage the public transport trades, goods vehicle owners and non-profit-making organizations to try out green innovative 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 from the first half of 2017.

EV Models in Hong Kong

As at end of February 2017, there are 8033 EVs for road use, up from less than 100 in end 2010. At present, 66 EV models from 8 countries have been type-approved by the Transport Department (TD). These include 48 models for private cars and motorcycles, 18 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
85 kWh Performance
85 kWh
60 kWh
70 kWh Dual Motor
85 kWh Performance Dual Motor
85 kWh Dual Motor
90 kWh Dual Motor
90 kWh Performance Dual Motor
70 kWh
90 kWh
75 kWh Dual Motor
75 kWh
60 kWh Dual Motor
100 kWh Performance Dual Motor

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Model X
60 kWh Dual Motor
75 kWh Dual Motor
90 kWh Dual Motor
90 kWh Performance Dual Motor
100 kWh Performance Dual Motor
Private cars BMW Concessionaires (HK) Ltd. 3193-6890 BMW i3 (I01)
BMW i3 94AH(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
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
Light bus Regal Motors Limited 2668-1486 King Long
Bus BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd 6901-4188
Bus Great Dragon International Corp. Ltd. 2768-2466 Shandong Yixing
HC-150-120 (Great Dragon)
HC-150-105 (Feiyan)
Bus Confidence Motors Limited 2668-1084 Wuzhoulong
Bus Regal Motors Ltd. 2668-1486 Youngman "JNP6122UC" ultra capacitor bus
Taxi BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd 5466-6877
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 February 2017, there are over 1500 EV chargers for public use including about 520 medium chargers in Hong Kong, covering all 18 districts in various types of buildings.  In addition, there are now 19 CHAdeMO quick chargers set up at various districts, such that there is one within around 15 km.  There are also 214 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


New First Registration Tax Concessions for Electric Vehicles

Press ReleaseNew


EPD will further upgrade 74 EV standard chargers to medium chargers at government car parks by end March 2017


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


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

Invitation flyer



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

Terms of Invitation

Submission Deadline


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

Medium Charger Locations at Government Car Parks


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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