First annual Negative Carbon U.S. Road Trip

Just in Time for National Drive Electric Week: A Cross-Country Trip to Raise Awareness of Plug-In Vehicles Brian Kent will log 26,000 miles in his electric car, planting one tree in 48 states along the way

San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 18, 2015—Brian Kent, set to embark upon a cross-country trek in his electric car on Aug. 24, will participate in National Drive Electric Week by routing his 48-state, gasoline-free tour through the EV celebration’s event in Jeffersontown, KY. Kent plans to launch his 26,000-mile journey from his home in Albion, NY, charging his Nissan LEAF in city centers and campgrounds alike and planting a tree in each state for his first annual Negative Carbon U.S. Road Trip. He will blog along the way.

Volunteers and other plug-in vehicle supporters in more than 130 cities from Hilo, HI to South Portland, ME will stage ride-and-drives and related activities during National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 12-20, for the same reason that Kent is hitting the road: to raise awareness of plug-ins.

Charitable Status EGM - Explanatory Letter

Regarding the 5th September 2015 Extraordinary General Meeting to approve changed to our constitution in order to obtain charitable status.

Dear member,

As you may be aware, for some months now we have been working with the Inland Revenue Department regarding our Application for Tax Exemption under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. That is to say, our application for Charitable Status.

These negotiations have resulted in a number of proposed changes to our constitution. Such changes have primarily been requested by the Inland Revenue Department to ensure that our association would be within the scope of Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. In short, these changes mostly concern the objects our association (to ensure that they are charitable), and the governance clauses (to ensure that the public benefits, not our membership).

Simply put, these changes are necessary for us to obtain charitable status, and must be accepted as is (without amendment) in order to streamline the process. The Inland Revenue Department has recently confirmed that with these changes, our association would be within the scope of Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

Your executive committee has reviewed these changes and is recommending to our membership that they be approved and that we now finalise our application for charitable status.

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an extraordinary general meeting of Charged Hong Kong will be held at Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill, LG228 Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, on Saturday 5th September 2015 at 6:00 pm. for the purpose of considering and, if thought fit, passing (with or without amendments) the following resolution:

AS RESOLUTION

1. THAT:

(a) the changes to the constitution of Charged Hong Kong, as proposed by the executive committee, be approved, effective immediately.

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

Hong Kong, 19th August 2015

Drive Electric Week 2015 - Hong Kong

Drive Electric Week, September 12-20, 2015, is an international celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

2015 will mark the first year that Hong Kong will participate, with Charged Hong Kong organising the event here. During that week we'll be running a competition across Hong Kong for EV advocates giving the most test rides, arranging the most test drives, using public and destination charging stations, driving sales of EVs, and many more such EV advocacy tasks. Prizes will be awarded to those participants with the highest number of points gained during the week. More details of this will be provided in the coming days.

The Sunday 20th September 2015 evening event is the culmination of the Drive Electric Week in Hong Kong. This gathering is to celebrate that week with good food, drink, lucky draw prizes for the Drive Electric Week competition, and perhaps a surprise activity or two. It is a once-in-a-year chance to meet other EV owners and drivers in Hong Kong. Remote Control Roadster and Model S cars will be there for drivers of all ages.

Best Tesla Model S-friendly Car Park Map

This is one of the projects I have been working on since August 2014, called Best Model S-friendly Car Park Map. At that time, I was not yet a frequent driver, so I did not frequently visit car parks in Hong Kong. Due to the size of the Tesla Model S, its width in particular, and the smallness of parking spaces and entrances for most car parks in Hong Kong, I reckon newbies like me will need a little help in choosing the best car park around Hong Kong. Turns out, other Model S owners have had the same concern and my map has helped quite a number of people in finding the safest parking spot at unfamiliar districts.

Check out the map and bookmark it now:
http://goo.gl/zT52ul

Car parks are separated into 3 categories, charging Model S-friendly car parks (consists of red, blue and light green stars), non-charging Model S-friendly car parks (consists of purple circles), and blacklisted Model S-unfriendly car parks (consists of black diamonds).

Legends:

Red Star: Superchargers and Model S-friendly
Blue Star: 40A or 32A chargers and Model S-friendly
Light Green Star: 13A chargers and Model S-friendly
Purple Circle: Model S-friendly
Black Diamonds: Blacklisted for various reasons

IM Tesla - Hong Kong Supercharger tracking web app

An enterprising Hong Kong Tesla owner, has written a neat web app to crowd-source supercharger availability in Hong Kong.

The app can be saved as a home-screen app and is cross platform (as well as being available on desktop browsers). It shows an overview of the 8 supercharging locations in Hong Kong, distance to each, as well as last reported status (how many charge stalls last seen in use).

With a couple of simple taps, contributors can report how many stalls they see empty when they visit superchargers (presumably once when they arrive, and again when they leave). The writer has even managed to arrange automatic update of status for one of the superchargers (as the mall carpark that it is installed in has that status available online).

Tesla Supercharging in Hong Kong is different than most other countries in that (a) it is for those who can't charge at home/work (not for long distance trips), and (b) the superchargers are primarily inside car parks. Imagine your frustration when you pay to get into a car park, drive up to the superchargers, then find all the stalls occupied and a long line of Teslas queued up waiting. This crowd-sourced app attempts to give some visibility to the supercharger status, before you arrive.

If you want to give it a try, it is here: IM Tesla
and you can use invitation code "Nikola" to get access.

Olympian City 1 Superchargers are Now Open

Tesla Hong Kong has been adding superchargers and the latest 4 stalls are located at Olympian City 1. Thanks to Matt Chung for his photo.

You can see his photo and further discussion at http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/34177-On-Going-Best-Car-Pa...

The Best Tesla Model S-friendly Map has also updated the information immediately after receiving this great news! Since it is under Sino Property, holders of Sino EV Pass are expected to get 30% off for parking. Details for application of Sino EV Pass can be found on the map when you select the corresponding car park.

http://goo.gl/rClkgh

As usual, I will bring you more delicious first-hand news, hopefully in the near future! (PS: Even Tesla's official website has not been updated yet!)

CLP Power New Initiatives to Promote Green Motoring

CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (CLP Power) today (25 June) announces two major new
initiatives in response to the rapid development of the electric vehicle (EV) market in Hong
Kong and to the growing needs of EV users.

The company is pioneering the introduction of the first multi-standard quick charger in Hong
Kong and simultaneously launching a one-stop “333 EV Power Supply Support” service,
which makes it easier for EV drivers to arrange for the installation of EV charging facilities in
the car parks of residential and commercial buildings. Through these twin measures, CLP
Power aims to encourage the use of EVs in Hong Kong and promote green driving.

https://www.clp.com.hk/ourcompany/news/currentrelease/Documents/20150625...

Tesla Motors Destination Charging

A number of Hong Kong hotels have announced some special offers for Tesla Motors EV drivers in Hong Kong. These offers include 'destination charging', free parking, and dining incentives.

We'd like to send out a big thank you to these hotels for their support of the EV community in Hong Kong.

* Please note that offers are subject to change, so please confirm offers, availability, and terms, with the Hotel at booking time.

EV Showdown In Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Automotive Association and AutoSportsHK organized an electrifying event, the “Electric Vehicle Fiesta 2015″ this past Sunday.

Many of the local dealers and direct sales manufactures (BMW, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Tesla and Volkswagen) have participated by showing off their latest EV models available to the Hong Kong buyers. And YES, manufacturers can open their own direct sales showroom in the city.

For more information, and lots of event pictures, please see the InsideEVs article here: http://insideevs.com/ev-showdown-hong-kong/

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