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Promotion of Electric Vehicles in Hong Kong

Electric Vehicle

New Arrangements for First Registration Tax Concessions for Electric Vehicles

The Government announced on 28 February 2018 the details of the new arrangements for first registration tax (FRT) concessions for electric vehicles (EV) as follows:

(a)    electric private cars: A tiered structure will be implemented:   

i.   except for eligible private car owners (see (a) ii. below), FRT for electric private cars will continue to be waived up to $97,500 from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021, as at present.

ii.  a new “One-for-One Replacement” Scheme will be launched from 28 February 2018 to 31 March 2021 (both dates inclusive), allowing private car owners who arrange to scrap and de-register their own eligible old private car (private car with an internal combustion engine or electric private car) and then first register a new electric private car to enjoy a higher FRT concession up to $250,000.

(b)    electric commercial vehicles (including goods vehicles, buses, light buses, taxis, and special purpose vehicles), electric motor cycles and electric motor tricycles: their FRT will continue to be waived in full from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021.

Details of application for the “One-for-One Replacement” Scheme, including the eligibility criteria and application procedures etc. are available at the  Transport Department (TD)'s website. For enquiries, please call the TD's Hong Kong Licensing Office at 2804 2270.

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. Offering first registration tax (FRT) concessions for EVs. The FRT on electric commercial vehicles, electric motor cycles and electric motor tricycles will continue to be fully waived until 31 March 2021. Apart from continuing with the current FRT concession up to $97,500, the Government introduces the new “One-for-One Replacement” Scheme from 28 February 2018 to 31 March 2021 to allow eligible private car owners who first register a new electric private car and arrange to scrap and de-register an eligible old private car they own to enjoy a higher FRT concession of up to $250,000.
  2. Enterprises which procure EVs are allowed 100% profits tax deduction for the capital expenditure on EVs in the first year of procurement.
  3. A HK$300 million Pilot Green Transport Fund has been put in place since March 2011 to encourage the public transport trades, goods vehicle operators and charitable / non-profit-making organizations to try out green innovative and low carbon transport technologies (including electric commercial vehicles).
  4. The Government allocated $180 million for franchised bus companies to purchase 36 single-deck electric buses, include 28 battery-electric buses and 8 supercapacitor buses, for trial runs to assess their operational efficiency and performance under the local conditions. 26 battery-electric buses and 2 supercapacitor buses have commenced operation. Most of the remaining electric buses are expected to be put into service progressively in 2018.

EV Models in Hong Kong

As at end of August 2018, there are 11,247 EVs for road use, up from less than 100 in end 2010. At present, 81 EV models from 10 economies have been type-approved by the Transport Department. These include 57 models for private cars and motorcycles, 24 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
Nissan E-NV200 EVALIA 5-seater
Nissan E-NV200 EVALIA 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
100 kWh 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
100 kWh Dual Motor
Private cars BMW Concessionaires (HK) Limited 3193 6890 BMW i3 (I01)
BMW i3 94AH(I01)
BMW i3s 94AH(I01)
Private cars Wearnes Motors (HK) Limited 2927 3538 Renault Fluence Z.E.
Renault ZOE
Renault ZOE (16 Alloy Wheel)
Renault ZOE (R240)
Renault ZOE (Q210)
Renault ZOE (ZE40)
Renault ZOE (ZE40)(BOSE)
Private cars BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd. 5466 6877
9708 8948
BYD e6
Private cars Fortune Dragon Motors Limited 2433 8838

TAZZARI "EM1"

Private cars Volkswagen Group Hong Kong Limited 3698 9618

Volkswagen
e-GOLF 85kW 24.2kWh CL
New e-Golf

Private cars Hyundai Hong Kong Co., Ltd 3428 8288

Hyundai  Ioniq Electric

Motorcycles     Brammo Enertia
Brammo Enertia Plus
Brammo Empulse
Brammo Empulse R
E-MAX "120LD+"
Vectrix Scooter VX-1
Motorcycles GMI 2443 6333 GMI Proton 750
GMI Proton 850
Motorcycles Zero Motorcycles Hong Kong 2320 0064 Zero S (ZF9)
Zero S ZF11.4
Zero SR ZF11.4
Zero S ZF13.0
Light goods vehicles Fortune Dragon Motors Limited 2433 8838

Micro-vett electric Doblo (based on Fiat Doblo)

Light goods vehicles Wearnes Motors (HK) Limited 2927 3538 Renault Kangoo Van Z.E.
Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 2-seater
Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 5-seater
Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33
Light goods vehicles Universal Cars Limited 2721 1111

Mitsubishi Minicab-MiEV

Light goods vehicles Honest Motors Limited 2262 1088 Nissan E-NV200 Half Panel Van (LGV)
Nissan E-NV200 Full Panel Van (LGV)
Light goods vehicles Vasplex Motor Co., Ltd. 3123 5226

DFSK  EC35

Light goods vehicles

Heng Chang Vehicle 2614 3266 JOYLONG EW5
Light bus Confidence Motors Limited 2668 1084

Wuzhoulong  FDG6700EVG

Light bus Regal Motors Limited 2668 1486

King Long  XMQ6706CYBEVS

Bus BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd. 6901 4188
9708 8948
BYD
K9D
K9R
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 Limited 2668 1486

Youngman "JNP6122UC" ultra capacitor bus

Bus China Green Dynamics Co., Ltd. 2152 9998

China Green Dynamics  EFV3000

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 improve the charging efficiency, EPD have progressively upgraded standard chargers to medium chargers in the past few years (as compared with standard chargers, medium chargers can reduce the charging time by up to 60%).  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 June 2018, there are 1,970 EV chargers for public use including 739 medium chargers in Hong Kong, covering all 18 districts in various types of buildings.  In addition, there are now 28 CHAdeMO quick chargers set up at various districts, such that there is one within around 10 km.  There are also 357 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

28.2.2018

New arrangements for first registration tax concessions for electric vehicles

Press Release

14.11.2017

EPD has upgraded 96 electric vehicle standard chargers to medium chargers at the Government car parks in February 2018

(updated on 14 March 2018)

30.3.2017

New first registration tax concessions for electric vehicles to begin on April 1

Press Release

22.02.2017

New First Registration Tax Concessions for Electric Vehicles

Press Release

14.2.2017

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

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

EV Hotline: 3757 6222

 

 

 

 

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