Tesla Roadster Driver Explains EV Life in Hong Kong

Hong Kong isn’t a big place. Its total area, including Hong Kong Island and the portion on the Mainland, is only 426 square miles. More than half the population of seven million people lives in private housing—though much of it consists of high-rise flats rather than single-family abodes. So it seems like an ideal place to own a plug-in electric vehicle.


But the private home ownership is one of the biggest barriers to expansion of plug-in electric vehicle ownership in Hong Kong, Tesla Roadster owner Mark Webb-Johnson told PluginCars.com. The property developers won’t let owners install charging stations in the parking space that belongs to the flat because it would require using wiring and space that is owned by the building rather than the resident, he said.

For Webb-Johnson, that isn’t an issue, however. He has an ideal setup for owning a plug-in electric vehicle. And, he admits, overall Hong Kong is doing a pretty good job of promoting expanded use of plug-in electric vehicles.

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Electric Vehicles Bring Cleaner Air to Hong Kong


The formation of Charged Hong Kong promises to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in Hong Kong

FOR RELEASE 27 January 2015

HONG KONG – Seventy Electric Vehicle (EV) enthusiasts, along with their 30 EVs, celebrated on Sunday, 25 January 2015 the establishment of Charged Hong Kong, an association dedicated to supporting and accelerating the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in Hong Kong.

“Electric vehicles are critical to improving air quality in Hong Kong because they are much more efficient and have minimal to zero emissions, as compared to conventional vehicles with internal combustion engines,” says Mark Webb-Johnson, newly-elected Chairman of Charged Hong Kong. “Charged Hong Kong will play an instrumental role in making it easier to operate and own an EV in Hong Kong,” added Mr. Webb-Johnson.

Charged Hong Kong will bring together EV owners and enthusiasts in Hong Kong to discuss and exchange ideas on promoting the use of EVs to replace conventional vehicles with internal combustion engines. The association serves to represent the collective views of EV owners to manufacturers, charging networks, the press, and the Hong Kong SAR Government.


November 2014 numbers

The Transport Department has released numbers for new car registrations, by fuel type, in November 2014.

September 2014 saw 99 new private electric cars registered, October 166, and November 51. Given the last pre-ModelS, pre-BMWi3 number from June 2014 was 340 private electric cars registered, and the November total of 831, we've seen almost 500 new electric cars on the road (more than doubling the June number) in five months.

In the January to June period of 2014, the ratio of petrol to EV new private car registrations was 468 to 1. Now, June to November, it is 18 to 1.

1 in 19 new private car registrations has a plug. Now that is progress.

We're now holding our breath for the December figures, which should see a big jump due to the end-of-quarter push from Tesla.

Note: These figures exclude government vehicles.


(and the full 2014 digest is available at http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/transport_figures/monthly...).


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