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 in 2016.
As at end of April 2016, there are 5289 EVs for road use, up from less than 100 in end 2010. At present, 54 EV models from seven countries have been type-approved by the Transport Department (TD). These include 36 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|
|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 (16 Alloy Wheel)
Renault ZOE (R240)
|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
|Light goods vehicles||Smith Edison Panel Van|
|Light goods vehicles||Smith Edison light goods vehicle|
|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|
|Medium goods vehicles||Smith Newton|
|Light bus||Smith Edison|
|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.
The availability of charging facilities is critical to promoting the wider adoption of EVs. We have therefore been working with the private sector in expanding the EV charging infrastructure in Hong Kong. As at end of March 2016, there are over 1 300 EV chargers for public use including more than 200 medium chargers in Hong Kong, covering all 18 districts in various types of buildings. In addition, there are now 15 CHAdeMO quick chargers set up at various districts, such that there is one within around 15 km. There are also 145 other quick chargers using other charging standards. The Government has launched a pilot scheme that enables suppliers of electric taxis to install quick chargers at car parks administered by the Transport Department. We will closely monitor the growth in the number of EVs and consider the need to further expand and enhance the charging network in a timely manner.
Regarding support to EV users, a hotline (3757 6222) was set up at the Electrical and Mechanical Services 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.
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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A Joint Seminar on setting up electric vehicle chargers in existing private residential and commercial buildings
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