WAVE EARTH 2016 - mission success!

Message from Louis Palmer, wave.earth:

I am very pleased to announce that our dream came true and we have successfully set up the mosaic at the UN World Climate Change Conference, together with the the electric car race of FIA formula E in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 11-11. We have created a powerful message from more than 50'000 students from all over the world, that they are ready to do something and to reduce their CO2 emissions. So the world leaders should also take steps to stop global warming!

Two GUINNESS world records broken

With all your contributions, we have broken two world records:

- The world record for the largest greeting card mosaic was so far around 390 m2, and we measured that our mosaic was exactly 699 m2!
- And we have also broken the world record for the greeting card with the most contrubutions. It stood so far at 13000, and we have received 50581!

It will take around 3 months until Guinness will accept both world records, and then I will let you know.

What will happen next?

Rally 3rd December 2016

On-line sign-up for the Charged Hong Kong Rally on 3rd December 2016 has been launched. Click here for sign-up.

The Charged Hong Kong Rally is an opportunity to meet and socialise with other Electric Vehicle drivers in Hong Kong, and to go for a drive together. This year's rally will take place on Saturday December 3rd 2016. The route will be within the range of most EVs in Hong Kong. We'll be showcasing the viability of Electric Vehicles as an everyday vehicle to the public, and helping to educate the public regarding the problems surrounding Air Quality in Hong Kong and how electric vehicles can help.

The event will start with a breakfast gathering at Hotel ICON, Tsim Sha Tsui. We've booked the Market Restaurant, and arranged a group of tables. Valet parking is provided, as well as valet charging for those in need of a top-up (but given the number of electric cars attending, please limit this to if you really need it). There will be plenty of time for socialising, and the cars will be on display at the entrance to the hotel (allowing for plenty of photo and video opportunities). The schedule is for this event to start at 9am. Around midday, we'll be getting in our cars for the eco-Rally. We've planned some stops along the way. We plan to arrive at the rally end point, Beas River, at around 3pm. There, we can sit down and enjoy tea at the country club.

Hong Kong 2017-2018 Budget

​The Hong Kong Government has launched a public consultation for the 2017 Policy Address and 2017-2017 budget. You can find this online:

English: http://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/consultation16/eng/index.html
Chinese: http://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/consultation16/chi/index.html

The single biggest issue affecting Electric Vehicles in Hong Kong is that the First Registration Tax exemption, that was last renewed in 2014, is due to expire on 31st March 2017. That must be renewed, for the continued growth and progress of EVs in Hong Kong. While it has been renewed for the past 20 years, there is no guarantee that will continue.

Members of the public are invited to give their views on the website (www.policyaddress.gov.hk), by email (policyaddressbudget@fstb.gov.hk), by phone (2810 3768) or by fax (2147 5770).

We hope that Charged.HK members can get involved in this process, and provide your feedback to the government. Some suggestions include:

International Competition on Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric Vehicles

The Hong Kong Environmental Bureau is organising an international competition to find opportunities for a second life for retired batteries from Electric Vehicles.

"Electric vehicles (EV) have gained popularity worldwide in recent years. In Hong Kong, the Government’s promotion of EV has led to an almost 60-fold increase in the EV population in less than six years (from less than 100 at the end of 2010 to over 5,800 at the end of July 2016). Since retired EV batteries still have 70% to 80% of electricity storage capacity, their potential for second-life applications is immense. The Competition will help find innovative and practical ideas for re-using retired EV batteries, whose numbers are expected to increase with the increased popularity of EV."

You can find out more at the competition website:

http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/misc/2ndEVbattery/en/index.html

PLA Autumn Festival Event

Despite the thunderstorms, a fantastic time was had by all at this past weekend's PLA Autumn Festival Event held at the Stonecutters Island naval base. As well as the 10 classic cars on show, we had 8 electric vehicles, to show both the past and future of transportation to the base staff and their families.

Thanks to the Concerted Efforts Resources Centre for their fantastic organisation and invitation for Charged.HK to participate this year. And thanks to all the volunteers for their help that day.

#ndew2016

Charged Hong Kong Members' Stories #010 -- Mr. Richard Hatter

Mr. Richard Hatter
Image from Hotel ICON

Locky Law (LL): We are very pleased to have invited a true pioneer of EV adaptation in Hong Kong for interview today. He is Mr. Richard Hatter, General Manager of Hotel ICON Hong Kong (hereafter, ICON) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Hotel & Tourism Management of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Welcome Richard.

Richard Hatter (RH): Thank you, Locky.

10th September PLA Autumn Festival Event

Charged.hk has been invited to participate in a special event for the PLA in Hong Kong, at their facility on Stonecutters Island. Great timing, given the Drive Electric Week events occurring around the world that week.

In collaboration with the Collectors Car Club, we'll be showing a wide selection of cars, and Charged.HK has been invited to show EVs. There will be a vehicle parade, as well as exhibition. Lunch will be provided, and each car can have 1 driver and 1 guest.

This is an opportunity to support the PLA in HK. They do a fantastic job, and it would be great to show them the future of transportation in Hong Kong.

This is a volunteer event, lunch will be provided, and there will be no charge.

The number of vehicles is limited, and we will be showing both classic cars as well as EVs (the past as well as the future). There will be a maximum of one driver and one passenger per car, and all persons must be 16 years or older.

As we have a limited exhibition space for vehicles, and we want to ensure as much variety in the types of vehicles we show, sign-up is open to all charged.hk members. However, should too many vehicles of any one particular type request to attend, we will draw random lots to select the attendees. In such a case, priority will be given to founder members, ordinary members, then associate members (in that order). Please try to bring an 'unusual' EV. BMW i3. BMW i8. Nissan Leaf. Whatever, so long as it has a plug.

Squarefoot: Working towards a Greener World 2016

Squarefoot magazine just mentioned charged.hk in their blog, including our recent summer school program and WAVE participation.

https://www.squarefoot.com.hk/home-blog/article/2307/working-towards-a-g...

Wikipedia

Thanks to committee member Locky Law for his hard work in getting the Charged Hong Kong wikipedia page up, running, and approved. This will be a great resource to track the progress of electric vehicles in Hong Kong.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charged_Hong_Kong

Charged Hong Kong (also Charged HK or Hong Kong Electric Vehicle Association) is a registered non-profit organisation founded in Hong Kong with an aim to promote clean air through supporting and accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. It is a Hong Kong-registered society under #54000 as well as a registered charity under #91/14340. The current Charged Hong Kong's committee consists of core members of the Tesla Motors Club Forum Hong Kong[8] who organised the Tesla Motors Club Hong Kong Rally 2014. The charity's Facebook page and website are also main news sources of happenings in the electric vehicle community in Hong Kong and Singapore from which international press and media cite.

Clean Disruption - Why Energy & Transportation will be Obsolete by 2030

Tony Seba is the author of “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation”, “Solar Trillions” and “Winners Take All”, a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and an instructor in Entrepreneurship, Disruption and Clean Energy at Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. His work focuses on clean energy, entrepreneurship, market disruption, and the exponential technology trends, business model innovation, and product architecture innovations that are leading to the disruption of some the world’s major industries, such as energy, transportation, infrastructure, finance, and manufacturing.

In this talk at the Swedbank Nordic Energy Summit in Oslo, he presents the case for the coming disruption of the energy and transportation industries, and why that disruption is coming sooner that we expect. In just over a decade, the world moved from horses to cars; displacing a transportation system that had been in place for millennia. The combination of electric batteries and solar energy is set to do the same for energy production, storage, and transportation.

There is also a good (shorter) summary of this talk on the Electrek website:

http://electrek.co/2016/05/19/the-math-and-evidence-all-around-you-that-...

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