Towards a boom in electric cars in Hong Kong?

After leaving the plan Climate action plan 2050 and Hong Kong Clean Air Plan 2035, it is legitimate to wonder whether in Hong Kong, these horizons are distant goals, or whether this beautiful bustling city is rapidly becoming quieter … examines the situation of mobility personally electrically in day in Hong Kong.

The electric car’s crazy breakthrough in the world

Tensions in the supply chain in 2021 and 2022 have not marred the global electric car boom, with new registrations rising 70% from last year, according to the report. report from the International Energy Agency “Global EV Outlook”even above analysts’ forecasts.

In 2022, as many electric cars will be sold worldwide per week as in 2012 alone!

The breakthrough was able to take root on a stable basis for public procurement financing in a large number of countries, along with the reduction of production costs. In fact, in China, the price difference between a thermal vehicle and an electric vehicle is only 10% according to the location ofAvere-France.

What is the trend in Hong Kong?

The production of electricity supplied in Hong Kong is largely based on fossil fuels such as coal and gas, the overall assessment of the overall reduction in carbon emissions over the life of the vehicle can be discussed …

Nevertheless, the plan New energy vehicles is effective and efficient in promoting Electric vehicles called “EV”, and must participate in joining other actions within the broader framework of the plan Climate Action Plan 2050 as well as the plan Hong Kong Clean Air 2035.

Since the implementation of this plan, Hong Kong has followed the same strong global trend as mentioned above with a very strong acceleration, as according to the South China Morning Post in the first quarter of 2022 it registered an electric car out of two new cars.

The share in the car fleet is still relatively low with 31,549 electric cars, representing 3.4% of the total fleet. This number is in the same order of magnitude as Seoul or Singapore, cities that have adopted the same type of plan.

ONE timetable clearly edited by the government

The flagship measure is the announcement of a freeze on thermal vehicle registrations in 2035. With the acceleration rate, the fleet can be replaced as early as 2030, according to Owin Fung Ho-yin, deputy director of the Department of Environmental Protection, picked up by South China Morning Post and noted that more aggressive efforts are being made in other countries.

Is planned in timetable encouragement of public and commercial electricity transport from 2025, the gradual expansion of the charging network with 30% medium-sized chargers in public buildings, subsidies for the installation of chargers in homes, subsidies for companies for the purchase of electric cars and the ambition of battery recycling legislation.

The special thing about Hong Kong for the use of cars

While 44.6% of Parisians and 54% of Dubai residents have a car, only 7.5% of Hong Kongers worry about parking … The excellent public transport network and the strong presence of cheap taxis do not encourage the use of a personal car.

The image of the red or green Toyota Crown Comfort taxis running on liquefied gas (LPG) postcards from the city of Hong Kong is still strongly entrenched at the moment.

Some will say that Hong Kong’s beautiful territory is not suitable for intensive use of the batteries aboard a taxi with its steep hills … taxi companies are currently concentrating on renewing their fleet with the latest generation of Toyota Comfort LPG hybrids, the “large” taxis with sliding doors. These would halve the carbon emissions due to their consumption of LPG compared to the old ones. Hong Kong’s agility makes taxis last for more than twenty years, and their owners seem reluctant to get rid of them without significant financial support.

Efforts appear to be slow on buses, particularly with manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) announcing that it will produce ten electric buses by 2023, which will join the Kowloon Motor Bus Company’s fleet.

And if you’re tempted by a Hong Kong acquisition …

Cars are considered a luxury item, so the government applies a “first registration tax” on the purchase of any new vehicle.

As part of the roadmap, the government gives a significant discount on this tax if the purchase is accompanied by the exchange of a eligible thermal car, with a tax deduction that under certain conditions can amount to up to HKD 287,000 on the old vehicle: older than 6 years, registered in the customer’s name for more than 18 months … The exact terms are available at any “EV” dealer and there are many of them in town! The government has approved the deployment of 131 models of private vehicles (of the 470 available worldwide) with 14 brands.

In terms of the abundance of available chargers, it can be noted that Hong Kong is ten times larger than Paris and yet has only twice as many charging stations. By the end of March 2022, there were about 5,000 chargers for the public, including 850 fast chargers covering the 18 districts. The list is available here: The list is available here.

They are located, especially on Hong Kong Island, in emblematic and easily identifiable locations: parking spaces in large shopping malls such as Pacific Place, large office centers, etc. They are currently free in public parking lots and will be charged in 2025.

Efforts are continuing to upgrade chargers for fast chargers, and the company Tesla has masked the territory with nearly 400 of its Superchargers or Wall connectors.

Regarding “home” chargers, since mid-2020, there has been a subsidy for the installation of a charger in its parking lot. But the success of the measure “EV-Charger Subsidy Scheme” looks set to place new applicants on a waiting list … since May 2021.

We can hope that the acceleration will be supported withtalk from Finance Secretary, Mr. Paul Chan: he announced on June 16 that additional aid of HKD 1.5 billion will be released to install the network of chargers in parking lots and homes.

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