An anniversary memory

8 years ago today I test drove an electric car for the very first time. It was a Tesla Roadster (the red one in the picture with the very cool number plate).

Back then, Tesla was the Roadster, Model S was the codename "Whitestar", and Model 3 was just a dream few thought would ever arrive.

There is nothing quite like experiencing Hong Kong streets in a convertible electric car. Down at street level, even lower than most pedestrians, and in amongst the exhaust pipes, you can see and smell the pollution. It is no longer an abstract idea, or an itch at the back of your throat, but a real tangible thing so very very sickening.

Leaving the city and heading up into the hills of Clearwater Bay, the car came into its element. With no power steering, and an all electric drivetrain, you could feel the road and the rush of acceleration without the mechanical mess that is gears.

I was changed forever. On that day, I clearly saw the past, the present, and how the future could be.

Shortly after, I placed my order, and sat in my very own Tesla Roadster "Evie". She is still on the road today, and still an incredible experience to drive. To quote Ferris Bueller, "I highly recommend it, if you have the means".

香港電台 31: 左右紅藍綠|電動車配套不足

https://www.rthk.hk/tv/dtt31/programme/pentaprismII/episode/543103

香港電台 31: 左右紅藍綠|電動車配套不足

30/01/2019
主持:羅樂禧
「電動香港」教育總監

在這一集的「左右紅藍綠」,羅博士討論了電動車(EV)在改善路邊空氣質量和減少化石燃料汽車排放造成的嚴重不良健康影響方面所發揮的關鍵作用,香港政府的電動汽車政策及其後果,以及電動汽車充電設施安裝方面缺乏對公眾的支持。並向政府提出了一系列建議。

RTHK31: Pentaprism | The Inadequacy of Electric Vehicle Development

30/01/2019
Host: Dr. Locky Law
Director of Education, Charged Hong Kong

In this episode, Dr. Law discusses the crucial role which electric vehicles (EVs) play in improving roadside air quality and reducing the serious adverse health effects caused by emissions from fossil fuel vehicles, the inconsistency in Hong Kong government's EV policy and its consequences, as well as the lack of support for the general public in EV-charging facility installation. He concludes by offering a series of suggestions to the government. (Note: The program itself is in Chinese)

Electric Vehicle Policy 2019 - Charged Hong Kong Submission

With regard to our Air Quality, and the measures we are taking to improve it, Hong Kong continues to lose out to competing countries in our region. The health and fiscal consequences of this are impacting us every day. According to the Hedley Index, in 2016 there were 1,686 premature deaths, 113,000 hospital bed days and 2.6 million doctor visits caused by air pollution. Total economic loss was HK$21 billion.

We have the following suggestions for 2019 and beyond:

Annual General Meeting 2018-07-12

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the annual general meeting of Charged Hong Kong will be held at the office of Network Box Co., Ltd, 16/F Metro Loft, 38 Kwai Hei Street, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong, on Thursday 12th July 2018 at 7:15 pm.

Snack food will be provided to voting members attending. Public parking is available in the outdoor car park opposite the venue.

If you will be attending in person, we ask that you RSVP to agm@charged.hk before 10th July, so that we can ensure adequate seating.

By Order of the Executive Committee
Charged Hong Kong
Mark Webb-Johnson, Chairman

Hong Kong, 27th June 2018

Cars and Coffee - 15th April 2018

There is a long tradition of Cars and Coffee, and we thought it a good idea to combine that with the Hong Kong tradition of a Sunday morning drive. An opportunity to get together over breakfast / coffee and talk about electric vehicles and what can do for the environment and air quality here.

The next event will be Sunday 15th April 2018 at Classified, 1-9 Lin Fa Kung Street West, Tai Hang. We'll be there between 10am and 11:30am - feel free to come early/late, whichever is more convenient. There is some on-street parking nearby, but it is limited.

http://www.classifiedfood.com/eng/locations/gallery/tai-hang/11/8/

This is very informal. Come if you can. But, we would appreciate you letting us know if you can come via eMail to events@charged.hk.

Petition: Demand for Amending the "1-for-1 Replacement" Scheme for private electric vehicles

The government’s proposed 1-for-1 EV scheme showed promise, but the detailed terms are much more restrictive than they need to be, and needlessly limit those eligible to join. Changing the scheme is not feasible at this stage, so Charged.HK has been lobbying for a relaxation of the restrictions, which may be possible.

A group we have been working with (the HK Vehicle and Transport Concern Group) have launched an online petition to ask for government to address this. We encourage all to lend your support to this initiative, and sign the petition.

要求修訂電動車「一換一」計劃 網上聯署行動
Demand for Amending the "1-for-1 Replacement" Scheme for private electric vehicles

電動香港 公佈「電動車發展政策」民意調查結果

逾八成人支持電動車普及化 促政府考慮「一換一」方案

(香港,2018年2月1日) 自從特區政府在去年的財政預算案大幅調整稅務寬減優惠後,本地電動車發展受到嚴重打擊。電動香港上月初委託香港大學民意研究計劃進行一項有關電動車政策的民意調查,了解市民對電動車發展的意見,結果顯示81.1%受訪者支持電動私家車在港普及化,同時有74.5%人對現時政府推動電動車的成效感到不滿。

調查於上月中進行,成功訪問804名年齡介乎18至65歲的香港居民,逾八成受訪者支持電動私家車在港普及化,當中42.3%人表示「好支持」,38.7%人表示「幾支持」。

政府在去年4月調整電動私家車首次登記稅豁免額,由全數寬免改為上限97,500元,62.3%受訪者認為此舉打擊市民購買電動車的意欲;近七成半受訪者贊成提高電動車首次登記稅的豁免額,可增加市民購買或更換電動車的意欲,當中33.1%表明「好贊成」,41.4%人表示「幾贊成」。坊間建議政府推出「一換一」方案,即燃油車車主轉用電動車可獲豁免首次登記稅,作為推動電動車普及化的政策誘因;83.2%人支持有關稅務優惠,只有不足一成人反對。

政府早年訂下目標,至2020年全港三成私家車屬電動車或混能車,但目前電動私家車只佔全港登記私家車不足2%,逾七成受訪者對政府的推行成效感到不滿,當中30%人表示「好不滿」,43.9%人則表示「幾不滿」。

至於市民對電動車充電設施的觀感,普遍仍感到缺乏。調查發現,85.3%受訪者認為充電設施缺乏,只有3.1%人認為足夠。電動香港副主席李敬恩指出,調查結果反映市民普遍支持電動車普及化,但政府推動電動車發展成效不彰,促請有關當局重新推出電動車稅務優惠,以及增加充電設施。

電動香港主席Mark Webb-Johnson表示,自2014年起,本港電動車數目逐步增長,至現時有逾萬輛電動私家車。但政府去年削減稅務優惠,變相令車價增加近50%,新登記電動私家車數目較去年同期大跌95%,不少市民因而轉買燃油車。

隨著愈來愈多電動車品牌投入市場,駕駛人士可望有更多選擇,Mark Webb-Johnson期望政府可作政策配合,包括上調電動私家車首次登記稅寬免額、 推出電動車「一換一」免稅方案,以及增加及提升公共充電設施等。

立法會環境事務委員會主席陳淑莊指出,電動車不會排放廢氣,有效改善空氣質素,但目前電動車只佔全港登記私家車不足2%,質疑政府是否有心推動使用電動車,「電動車本來有助改善路邊空氣質素,但很可惜政府改變政策‥‥‥如果政府關心車輛增長,『一換一』是比較理想的方案。」

立法會議員陳克勤已經使用電動車多年,他認為:「香港政府其實訂立了一個目標,但竟然做不到,甚至去削減電動車稅務優惠,令自己推動電動車的目標更難達到,明顯是『自打嘴巴』的做法。」他期望即將公佈的《財政預算案》可恢復電動車稅務優惠,或使用一些新方法,如「一換一」方案等,鼓勵市民使用電動車。

另一位電動車車主兼立法會議員許智峯則表示,政府要有清晰的政策目標,以鼓勵電動車普及化,同時關注電動車充電配套,「當電動車充電配套未如理想,試問有多少人會願意轉用電動車?市民在現有政策下,完全沒有動力去轉用電動車。」他建議政府訂立清晰的目標年份,例如至2030年逐步以電動車取代燃油車。

Open letter to Mrs Carrie Lam - Support for electric vehicles in Hong Kong

Dear Mrs Lam,

I am sure that you are aware of the situation with the poor air quality in Hong Kong, and in particular our roadside air quality. This is affecting the quality of life of everyone in Hong Kong. It is impacting our health, and the competitiveness of HK in the region. According to HKU School of Public Health, in 2016 our poor air quality resulted in 1,600 premature deaths, 2.6 million doctors visits, and $21.6billion direct economic loss. 2017 looked similarly bad. It is clear that the worst of the pollution is at the roadside and in the lowest floors of our buildings; and this affects the lowest privileged members of our community the most.

Governments, and Environmental Protection Agencies, around the world all conclude that electrification of transport is the correct approach to address this problem, as well as help meet CO2 emission targets.

Here in HK, we were finally making good progress. Since 2014, we have grown our fleet of Electric Vehicles (EVs) from a handful to more than 10,000; without affecting the growth rate of the private car fleet. However, in April last year’s budget the previous administration significantly capped the tax incentives for EVs; increasing the price of most by 50%, and making HK amongst the most expensive places in the world to buy an EV.

Charged HK Booth at Motoring Clubs Festival, Sunday 4 February 2018

The “Motoring Clubs’ Festival” aims to bring ALL of Hong Kong's motoring enthusiasts together in Central for a day's entertainment. The Carnival-style Event provides an opportunity for folks to see 200+ unique cars and 300+ special motorcycles together in one location, and includes Classic cars, many of the latest Models, Dirt Bikes, vehicles used by the Police, Track Race cars, Electric Vehicles, etc.

This is your chance to see up close - a Tesla chassis/skateboard, Sinclair C5, Tesla Roadster and Hotel ICON’s electric bus (all on the Charged HK stand), as well as many other vintage motors on display at the festival.

Visit our booth at the Motoring Clubs Festival at Central and stand a chance to win a Weekend Brunch Dining Voucher from Hotel ICON valued at HK$800. At Hotel ICON, Tesla car owners are entitled to free charging and 15% discount*. Hotel ICON led the industry two years ago by switching to 100% electric transportation with their e-shuttle buses and Tesla airport transfers.

*Discount cannot be combined with any other promotion or offer.

Stubborn roadside pollutant on rise again in Hong Kong

SCMP writes "Concentrations of a stubborn roadside pollutant intensified in Hong Kong last year, reversing three years of decline and casting doubt on the government’s ability to meet its air quality targets for 2020. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels were serious enough in western parts of the city that unsafe measurements were observed inside homes and even buses, the environmental group Clean Air Network found. The group’s latest review of the city’s air showed average annual NO2 concentrations measured at the government’s three roadside air quality monitoring stations had risen from about 82 micrograms per cubic metre of air in 2016 to 85mcg last year."

Hong Kong urgently needs to increase the number of roadside monitoring stations. We need to step up adhoc monitoring in low floor apartments, and public transportation. Burying our heads in the sand is not going to make the problem go away.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2127863/st...

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