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Promotion of Electric Vehicles in Hong Kong

Electric Vehicle

 

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.

In addition, the Government announced the Hong Kong Roadmap on Popularisation of Electric Vehicles (the Roadmap) on 17 March 2021, setting out the long-term policy objectives and plans to promote the adoption of EVs and their associated supporting facilities in Hong Kong. The Roadmap will guide Hong Kong’s future direction to attain zero vehicular emissions before 2050. This acts in concert with our other targets to strive for carbon neutrality in the same time frame, and forges ahead with the vision of ‘Zero Carbon Emissions ‧ Clean Air ‧ Smart City’.

 Hong Kong Roadmap on Popularisation of Electric Vehicles
Hong Kong Roadmap on Popularisation of Electric Vehicles Hong Kong Roadmap on Popularisation of Electric Vehicles (pamphlet)

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. FRT on electric commercial vehicles (including goods vehicles, buses, light buses, taxis, and special purpose vehicles), electric motor cycles and electric motor tricycles will be fully waived. For electric private cars, the concession arrangement is as follows:
    1. except for eligible private car owners (see ii. below), FRT for electric private cars will be waived up to $97,500.
    2. 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 can enjoy a higher FRT concession up to $287,500 under the “One-for-One Replacement” Scheme.

The deadline for the above concession arrangement is 31 March 2024.

  1. Enterprises which procure EVs are allowed 100% profits tax deduction for the capital expenditure on EVs in the first year of procurement.

  2. A New Energy Transport Fund (previously named Pilot Green Transport Fund) has been put in place since March 2011 to encourage the transport sectors and charitable / non-profit-making organizations to try out and widely use green innovative and low carbon transport technologies (including electric commercial vehicles).
  3. 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 7 supercapacitor buses have commenced operation. The remaining electric buses are expected to be put into service progressively in 2021.

  4. The Chief Executive announced in the 2019 Policy Address that the Government would prepare for a $2 billion pilot subsidy scheme to promote installation of electric vehicle charging-enabling infrastructure ("EVCEI") in car parks of existing private residential buildings. The pilot subsidy scheme, namely the “EV-charging at Home Subsidy Scheme” (“EHSS”), is to help car parks of existing private residential buildings with multiple ownership resolve technical and financial difficulties that are encountered frequently when retrofitting EVCEI, and further facilitate car park owners to install EV chargers of their choice for charging EVs at home in the future in a simple and easy manner. The EHSS will run for about 3 years with a view to covering roughly 60,000 private parking spaces. Application starts from 21 October 2020, and owners’ corporations, DMC managers or all owners collectively can submit applications. Processing of applications is on a first-come-first-served basis until the funding is used up.

EV Models in Hong Kong

As at end of June 2021, the total number of EV is 21 889, representing about 2.3% of the total number of vehicles. At present, 139 EV models from 12 economies have been type-approved by the Transport Department. These include 104 models for private cars and motorcycles, 35 models for public transport and commercial vehicles, listed as follows:

Vehicle classification Name of Retailer Contact Telephone Model
Private cars Kam Lung Motors Limited 3465 0000 Audi e-tron 55 quattro
Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro s line
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 LEAF Lux
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 3
Standard Range
Performance Dual Motor
Long Range Dual Motor
Long Range Rear Wheel Drive

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
Standard Range
Performance
Long Range
Long Range Plus

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
Standard Range
Performance
Long Range
Long Range Plus
Private cars BMW Concessionaires (HK) Limited 3193 6890 BMW i3 (I01)
BMW i3 94AH(I01)
BMW i3s 94AH(I01)
BMW i3 120AH(I01)
BMW i3s 120AH(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 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Limited 2594 8800 Smart Fortwo Cabrio Electric Drive (A453)
Smart Fortwo Coupe Electric Drive (C453)
Smart Forfour Electric Drive (W453)
Mercedes-Benz  EQC 400 4MATIC (N293)
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
Hyundai Ioniq Electric (Urban)
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai Kona Electric (Urban)
Hyundai Kona Electric Range+
Hyundai Kona Electric Range+ (Urban)
Private cars British Motors Limited 2821 7147
2820 4060
Jaguar I-PACE EV400
Jaguar I-PACE EV400 S
Jaguar I-PACE EV400 SE
Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE
Private cars KIA Motors (Hong Kong) Ltd. 2119 4848 KIA Niro EV+ Deluxe
KIA Niro EV+
KIA Niro EV
KIA Soul EV+ Platinum
KIA Soul EV
Private cars Heng Chang Vehicle 2614 3266

JOYLONG EM3

Private cars Jebsen Motors Ltd. 2926 2911 Porsche Taycan Turbo
Porsche Taycan Turbo S
Porsche Taycan 4S
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
Motorcycles Compass Cart Asia Limited 6881 4286

Ugbest Express ZM6

Motorcycles Rydu Hong Kong 3188 3029

Rieju NUU3
Energica EGO
Energica EVA EsseEsse9

Motorcycles HK Juhui Trading Limited 3596 6844 DAYANG ECOOTER E1R
DAYANG ECOOTER E2 MAX
DAYANG ECOOTER E2 MAX Delivery
DAYANG ECOOTER E2R
Light goods vehicles BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd. 5466 6877
9708 8948

BYD T3

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. 2949 9559

DFSK  EC35

Light goods vehicles Heng Chang Vehicle 2614 3266 JOYLONG EW4
JOYLONG EW4-A
JOYLONG EW5
Light goods vehicles E. Tech Dynamic Technology Co., LTD. 2117 1337

FAW  VERTEC

Light goods vehicles Wallace Harper Motors Company Limited 3913 8292

JAC  HFC1073EV1

Light goods vehicles Nova Motors Ltd. 2880 1491
2820 5032

MAXUS e-DELIVER 3

Medium goods vehicles BYD (H.K.) Co.,Ltd. 5466 6877
9708 8948

BYD  Q1

Medium goods vehicles Shui Cheong Motors Limited 2691 8611
9886 7873

Shui Cheong  SoluTruck

Light bus Confidence Motors Limited 2668 1084

Wuzhoulong  FDG6700EVG

Light bus Regal Motors Limited 2668 1486

King Long  XMQ6706CYBEVS

Light bus New Energy Automobile (HK) Limited 2686 1493

Jingma  JMV6703GRBEVR

Bus BYD (H.K.) Co., Ltd. 5466 6877
9708 8948
BYD
K9D
K9R
C9
C9R
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 China Dynamics (Holdings) Limited 2152 9998

Suitong YST6120BEV

Bus Confidence Motors Limited 2668 1084 Wuzhoulong FDG6102EVG
Wuzhoulong 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 2021, there are 4,362 EV chargers for public use including 2,200 medium chargers in Hong Kong and 702 quick chargers in Hong Kong, covering all 18 districts.

Regarding support to EV users, a hotline (3757 6222) was set up at the EPD 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

17.3.2021

Government announces Hong Kong Roadmap on Popularisation of Electric Vehicles

Press Release

Policy Document

24.2.2021

Immediate adjustment to first registration tax rates for private cars 

Press Release

20.8.2020

Deadline of current first registration tax concession arrangement for electric vehicles extended for three years 

Press Release

1.8.2020

Trial Scheme on “Reserved Parking Spaces for EVs” in Government Car Parks Implemented by the Transport Department

26.11.2019

A workshop held at Wan Chai The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong 

EPD's presentation on Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging-enabling Infrastructure in Car Parks of Existing Private Residential Buildings (Chinese Version only)

27.11.2019

A workshop held at Cheung Sha Wan Community Centre 

EPD's presentation on Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging-enabling Infrastructure in Car Parks of Existing Private Residential Buildings (Chinese Version only)

28.11.2019

A workshop held at Fanling Cheung Wah Community Hall 

EPD's presentation on Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging-enabling Infrastructure in Car Parks of Existing Private Residential Buildings (Chinese Version only)

2.10.2019

A joint workshop held at Sha Tin Town Hall 

EPD's presentation on Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Facilities in Existing Private Car Parks (Chinese Version only)

28.9.2019

A joint workshop held at Ap Lei Chau Community Hall 

EPD's presentation on Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Facilities in Existing Private Car Parks (Chinese Version only)

23.1.2019

Building Management Workshop 

EPD's presentation on Electric Private Cars and Charging Facilities

13.12.2018

Building Management Workshop 

EPD's presentation on Electric Private Cars and Charging Facilities

4.12.2018

Building Management Workshop 

EPD's presentation on Electric Private Cars and Charging Facilities

28.1.2019

First Registration Tax concessions for electric private cars - revision of "One-for-One Replacement" Scheme 

Press Release

14.9.2018

Seminar on "EV Charging Facilities"

Event Website

EPD's presentation on EV Charging Facilities

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

Study Report

13.8.2018

Study on the Development Strategy on Charging Facilities for Electric Private Vehicles in Hong Kong

- Executive Summary

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Is there a breach of land lease conditions and deed if paid EV charging services are provided in the building?

A1: In general, the provision of paid EV charging facilities associated with ancillary car parking spaces required to be provided under the lease would not contravene the lease conditions. However, each case has to be considered on its own depending on the lease conditions and the individual circumstances. For enquiries, please contact relevant District Lands Office of the LandsD at the address and hotline as set out in LandsD’s website:
http://www.landsd.gov.hk/en/about/enquiries.htm

Q2: Does the Government plan to levy fees on public EV charging services?

A2: Currently, EV charging services in government car parks are free of charge. This is intended to provide financial incentives in the initial stage of EV development to encourage early adoption. Yet, with the growing EV uptake, it is needed to marketise the EV charging services so as to promote their sustainable development in the long run, and avoid abuse of the chargers. In this connection, we have embarked on the preparation work, hardware and software upgrade, etc. for fee charging, with a view to imposing EV charging fees in government car parks from around 2025.

Q3: How many EV charging facilities are available for public use in Hong Kong nowadays? Where are they located?

A3: At present, there are thousands of EV chargers in Hong Kong provided by the public and private sectors for public use. They include medium chargers and quick chargers covering all 18 districts in Hong Kong. For the quantities and locations of those chargers, please refer to this link.

Q4: What are the details about the additional fire safety requirements by the Fire Services Department (FSD) for car parking facilities installed with EV charging facilities since 1 September 2020?  Under the additional requirements, is it necessary to install the Fireman's Emergency Switch for the EV charging facilities if the car parking facilities has been equipped with sprinkler system?

A4: For all initial building plan submissions since 1 September 2020, installation of EV charging facilities for car parking facilities shall meet the additional fire safety requirements of the FSD.  Under the additional requirements, a Fireman's Emergency Switch shall be provided to cut off the power supply of all EV charging facilities within the car parking facilities no matter a sprinkler system has been installed or not.

Please click this link about the fire safety requirements and the circular.  For further enquiries, please contact FSD's Senior Divisional Officer (New Projects) at 3971 4600. 

 

Further Information

For further information, please contact us at:

Email: ev@epd.gov.hk

EV Hotline: 3757 6222

 

 

 

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