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
The Government has been promoting the use of EVs by the following measures –
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.
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).
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.
As at end of December 2016, there are 7231 EVs for road use, up from less than 100 in end 2010. At present, 61 EV models from seven countries have been type-approved by the Transport Department (TD). These include 43 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
|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 (16 Alloy Wheel)
Renault ZOE (R240)
Renault ZOE (Q210)
|Private cars||BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd||5466-6877
|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”|
Brammo Enertia Plus
Brammo Empulse R
|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||Kong Long
|Bus||BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd||6901-4188
|Bus||Great Dragon International Corp. Ltd.||2768-2466||Shandong Yixing
HC-150-120 (Great Dragon)
|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
For EV models that are available for sale in Hong Kong, please check with vehicle retailers or manufacturers.
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 December 2016, there are over 1500 EV chargers for public use including more than 340 medium chargers in Hong Kong, covering all 18 districts in various types of buildings. In addition, there are now 18 CHAdeMO quick chargers set up at various districts, such that there is one within around 15 km. There are also 201 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:-
Electric Vehicle Charging Facilities of Internal Transport Facilities in Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines (issued by Planning Department, see para 7.2.7 to 7.2.11)
Technical Guidelines on Charging Facilities for Electric Vehicles (issued by Electrical and Mechanical Services Department)
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