Do EVs Really Do More Harm Than Good? (Excerpt)

Recently, my dearest friends are questioning my decision to own an EV (Tesla Model S 60kWh).

Arguments include:
1. "EV is at best an alternative form, not an effective reducer, of pollution, when societies are still relying on traditional sources of energy. Encouraging greater use of environmentally friendly means of mass transportation may be a more effective way."
2. "In a country that relies heavily on green sources of energy, EVs make sense. Till then, what EVs do is just shifting, not reducing, pollution."
3. "you can have all cars as EVs. But if your EVs are running on evergy generated by say, fossil fuels, you're back to square 1"
4. "Your EVs are using the energy generated inefficiently upstream in the first place. You can't compare bread with flour."

Ignoring all benefits of electricity as a vehicle fuel just for the moment, there are two aspects to answering all these questions -- scientific and personal.

Plug In America Announces Nation’s First Analysis of Electric Vehicle Promotional Efforts in the U.S.

Despite a fragmented early market, Plug In America findings suggest that EVs have put the U.S. on a path toward the discontinued use of petroleum in vehicles within 25 years

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 4, 2015 — Plug In America today unveiled a new landmark study on efforts underway to accelerate the growth of the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market in the U.S.

"The Promotion of Electric Vehicles in the United States — A Landscape Assessment” delivers 11 key findings followed by recommendations Plug In America believes will stimulate PEV market growth.

Over 300,000 PEVs are now on America’s roads. Nearly 120,000 of those were delivered to new owners in 2014. Efforts to boost sales have become increasingly important given the vehicles' clean air benefits and potential for eliminating the use of petroleum and other fossil fuels in personal transportation.

LCQ14: Regulation of electric unicycles

Following is a question by the Hon Frederick Fung and a written reply by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, in the Legislative Council today (May 6):

Question: Some members of the public have relayed to me that on a number of occasions recently, they saw people riding electric unicycles on pavements and cycle tracks. It is learnt that some electric unicycles, after being charged for an hour, can travel 25 kilometres at a maximum speed of 16 kilometres per hour, and members of the public can purchase electric unicycles at certain shopping malls and online shopping web sites. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(1) given that the interpretation of a "motor vehicle" under the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap. 374) is "any mechanically propelled vehicle", whether an electric unicycle is a motor vehicle as defined by the Ordinance;

(2) of the respective numbers of cases in which the authorities issued verbal warnings to and instituted prosecutions against people who had contravened the relevant legislation for riding electric unicycles, as well as the number of traffic accidents involving electric unicycles, in the past two years;

(3) whether, in the past two years, the authorities looked into the sales situation of electric unicycles on the Internet and in the market, and whether the relevant government departments took any law enforcement actions; and

May 2015 Meet-Up @JockeyClub

A meet-up at the Jockey Club Happy Valley. Pool-Side BBQ.

Charged Hong Kong is having a member's meet-up at the Jockey Club Happy Valley. We've arranged free parking for all, and a poolside BBQ.

* A selection of Asian, International and Surf & Turf Barbecue Buffet menus
* Unlimited serving of house beer, orange juice and soft drinks throughout the dinner
* No Service charge
* Free Use of Car Parking facilities
* Children prices are only available between age 3-10
* Menu subject to change and item substitution

Pricing for associate members will be HK$350/adult or HK$220/child.

Pricing for founder and ordinary members will be HK$300/adult or HK$170/child.

Cancellation with full refund available until 14 days before the event.

For online registration, login to and select the "May 29th Event" tab, or click here:

Tesla Motors Special Interest Group

As you may know, Charged Hong Kong has been setup to represent owners of all electric vehicles in Hong Kong, not just Tesla Motors cars. Accordingly, we arranged the constitution such that we could setup individual owner's groups, each with their own representative at the executive committee level (section 13, if you are interested in the details).

During a recent meeting, we agreed to form the first such Special Interest Group - for Tesla Motors owners and enthusiasts. We're pleased to announce that by unanimous approval of the executive committee, Mr Locky Law has been asked to represent that group for the foundational year.

Mr Law has been an enthusiastic member of the local Tesla Motors owner community, and has been instrumental in such initiatives as the best/worst car park list, Line communications group, Model S floor mats group buy, and many others.

Mr Mark Webb-Johnson, Chairman Charged Hong Kong, commented that "Locky was the clear choice for first representative, and we have invited him to represent the owners of Tesla Motors vehicles in Hong Kong. We are grateful that he has accepted the role, and look forward to working with him on the executive committee".

The previous unofficial "Tesla Motors Club Hong Kong" will be merged in under the new Tesla Motors Group, and come under the Charged Hong Kong umbrella organisation.

March 2015 Figures

As at end of March 2015, there are 1984 EVs in use, up from less than 100 in end 2010. At present, 39 EV models from seven countries have been type-approved by the Transport Department (TD). These include 26 models for private cars and motorcycles, 13 models for public transport and commercial vehicles. The EVs which have been type-approved by TD and are available for sale in Hong Kong* as at March 2015 are listed as follows.

April 2015 Newsletter

We’re pleased to be able to announce that we’ve managed to complete the government registration formalities, and Charged Hong Kong has received it’s society registration certificate #54000. We are now legally formed and ready to go.


We can now begin accepting memberships. As previously announced, we’ve got four levels of member:

LCQ21: Reduction of vehicle emissions as well as training for and shortage of vehicle mechanics

Hong Kong (HKSAR) - Following is a question by the Hon Chan Hak-kan and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, in the Legislative Council today (March 25)

The questions, and government responses can be seen here:

February 2015 Newsletter

Since our launch event a few weeks ago, we’ve received a large number of enquiries about membership and how people can help. This is just a short note to keep you up to date on our progress with the establishment of Charged Hong Kong, and to let you know what will happen, and when.

It is important to point out that we are building this association for the long-run. Something that can be inclusive for all owners/enthusiasts of electric vehicles in Hong Kong, and something that can accelerate real change. For that reason, we want to ensure that we have a strong foundation.

Website and Constitution

We’ve established a website (, agreed on a constitution (which you can view online at, and formed the founding executive committee. Applications have been made to the Societies Office and the Inland Revenue Department, for the registration of our society. We are now waiting for the result from the relevant government departments, but we hope that these applications will be successful, and that we can be registered and up-and-running, before the end of February.

Membership Types

Once these registrations have been complete, and the bank account is open, we can begin accepting memberships. We’ve agreed the following offerings:





致力於加快推動充電式電動車於香港的普及化之組織 - 『電動香港』已 於2015年1月25日星期日在港正式成立。該日並有70多位電動車愛好者駕駛30多輛電動車見證這項盛事。

『電動香港』新任主席Mark Webb-Johnson 致辭時表示:「電動車對改善香港的空氣質素非常重要,因為電動車不但較傳統使用引擎的汽車有更高效率,更可達致廢氣零排放。」Webb-Johnson先生其後補充:「『電動香港』將有效地協助香港駕駛者更加容易地成為電動車駕駛者。」






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