Promotion of Electric Vehicles

 

Electric Vehicle

I. Background 
II. Government’s Measures to Promote the Use of Electric Vehicles
 
III. EV Models in Hong Kong 
IV. Installation of EV Chargers 
V. Locations of EV Chargers for Public Access  
VI. “EV-Charging Easy” Mobile App

VII. Progressive Marketisation of EV Charging Service in Government Car Parks 
VIII. News and Events 
IX. Study Report 
X. Frequently Asked Questions 
XI. Further Information 


I. 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 chaired a Steering Committee on the Promotion of EVs (SCPEV) 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. The SCPEV concluded its work by end September 2021.

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)


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II. 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 concession arrangement for EVs has been extended for two years to March 31, 2026. 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 the concession arrangement of electric private cars, please refer to the webpage of Transport Department and click here for details.  You may also contact Hong Kong Licensing Office of the Transport Department at 2804 2270 or the 1823 Call Centre.
  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 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).
     
  4. The Government allocated $180 million for franchised bus companies to purchase 36 single-deck electric buses, including 28 battery-electric buses and 8 supercapacitor buses, for trial runs to assess their operational efficiency and performance under the local conditions.

  5. The Government has earmarked $80 million for the implementation of the Pilot Scheme for Electric Public Light Buses to test the operation and performance of different models of electric public light buses and the associated quick charging facilities, as well as conducting operational trials on various minibus service routes.  Please click here for details.

  6. 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 is well received after its launch on 21 October 2020.  In order to meet the public demand, the Government has further injected an additional funding of $1.5 billion to the EHSS in the 2022-23 Budget, to extend the EHSS for four more years to the 2027-28 financial year.  It is anticipated that the entire $3.5 billion EHSS will be able to support installation of EVCEI for some 140,000 parking spaces in about 700 car parks of the existing private residential buildings and estates, which is about half of the eligible parking spaces in Hong Kong.  The application period for the EHSS closed on 31 December 2023. Please click here for details.

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III. EV Models in Hong Kong

As at end of March 2024, the total number of EVs is about 87 900, representing about 9.7% of the total number of vehicles. At present, 307 EV models from 16 economies have been type-approved by the Transport Department. These include 238 models for private cars and motorcycles, 69 models for public transport and commercial vehicles. Please click here to obtain the details of the type-approved EV models. For EV models that are available for sale in Hong Kong, please check with vehicle retailers or manufacturers. Regarding the statistics of Vehicle Registration and Licensing, please refer to the webpage of Transport Department (Section 4: Vehicle Registration, Licensing and Inspection Statistics) and click here for details.

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IV. 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 has 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 proactive 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.

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 advice, 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)

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V. Locations of EV Chargers for Public Access

As at the end of March 2024, there are 8,056 EV chargers for public use including 4,662 medium chargers in Hong Kong and 1,397 quick chargers in Hong Kong, covering all 18 districts.

Please click here for locations of EV chargers for public access.

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VI. “EV-Charging Easy” Mobile App

EPD has launched the “EV-Charging Easy” mobile app to facilitate EV drivers to locate available public chargers. For details, please visit https://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/mobile-apps.html.

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VII. Progressive Marketisation of EV Charging Service in Government Car Parks

In order to promote market participation in providing electric vehicle (EV) charging services, the Government will progressively marketise the EV charging services in existing government car parks starting from the end of 2023 and the operators will charge the users of the EV charging services. Please click here for detailed information on the implementation of the fee-paying EV charging services.

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VIII. News and Events

28.02.2024

Extension of first registration tax concession arrangement for electric vehicles for two years and relevant arrangements 

Press Release

15.12.2023

Progressive Marketisation of EV Charging Services in Government Car Parks 

Press Release

 

 


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IX. Study Report

13.8.2018

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

- Executive Summary

 

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X. 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: When will the Government commence the fee-paying EV charging services in government car parks?

A2: The Government has been progressively marketizing the EV charging services in existing government car parks since the end of December 2023, in which the provision of fee-paying EV charging services has been outsourced to market operators. The first phase of implementation has already taken place in the Kwai Fong and Kennedy Town Car Parks, effective from 28th and 29th December 2023, respectively. Under the principle of marketisation, the EV charging fees in the above car parks are to be determined by the awarded operators, taking into account the prevailing market rates of EV medium charging services in the same district. The fee-charging services for the some 1 400 EV medium chargers located in the remaining 72 government car parks will be implemented progressively. It is anticipated that the marketisation of the EV charging services will be completed by mid-2024.

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 have 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. 

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XI. Further Information

For further information, please contact us at:

Email: ev@epd.gov.hk

EV Hotline: 3757 6222

 

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