Shape Up! It’s Time to Make Our Electricity Market Fitter

Electricity generation currently produces nearly 70 per cent of Hong Kong’s local carbon emissions. However the current regulatory arrangement with the power utilities does not prioritize either the reduction of the emissions produced by local electricity generation or a reduction of the electricity tariff. These barriers are slowing down Hong Kong’s ability to combat climate change.

The current Scheme of Control Agreements (SCAs) between the government and the utilities allows the power companies to create more profit by building new generation units. This leaves Hong Kong with a large electricity reserve margin – over 30 per cent. This means that we are moving away from the growing trend of energy saving. In addition, this out-dated agreement ignores the present advantages of renewable energy and does not encourage investment in related technology. As a result, our electricity market keeps growing in size and intensively emitting carbon, preventing Hong Kong from becoming an energy-efficient, low-carbon society.

2018 will see the expiry of the current SCAs. In the run-up to this date, the Environment Bureau kicked off a public consultation on the future development of our electricity market. The consultation results will influence both Hong Kong’s ability to combat climate change and the electricity tariff paid by Hong Kong citizens.

China Increases Subsidies On Energy-Efficient Vehicles

In an attempt to spur demand for energy-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles, China is increasing tax exemptions on purchases of “new-energy” vehicles and vessels. The government hopes that making a push for new-energy technology, (electric, plug-in and fuel-cell technology) will help alleviate rampant pollution.

China introduced 10 percent tax exemptions on new-energy vehicles last year, but announced on Tuesday further tax cuts on domestic purchasing by 50 percent. The tax exemptions are the result of a joint effort by the Ministry of Finance, State Administration of Taxation and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which also announced that all new-energy vehicles being used for commercial use would be completely exempted from normal vehicle and vessel taxes.

You can read more on this at the International Business Times:
http://www.ibtimes.com/china-increases-subsidies-energy-efficient-vehicl...

Electric Vehicle Fiesta - 14th June 2015

AutoSportsHK, and the Hong Kong Automobile Association, are organising an Electric Vehicle Fiesta at the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree site in the northern Hong Kong New Territories.

The Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees (林村許願樹) are a popular shrine in Hong Kong located near the Tin Hau Temple in Fong Ma Po Village, Lam Tsuen. The temple was built around 1768 or 1771, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). The site consists of a large open area, with extensive parking on two sides, and the wishing trees, visitors centre, and environmental centre on another.

The Electric Vehicle Fiesta will consist of vehicle demo, EV parking, and skills based course areas. VW, BMW, Tesla and Renault will be showing their latest EV offerings, and HKPC will be presenting their charging technology used by many of the EV charger manufacturers in Hong Kong.

The event will run throughout the day, starting at 10:30am and winding up around 5pm, but attendance is flexible. The morning will be primarily an opportunity to see and talk to the various vehicle manufacturers, and for owners to get together and see the cars. There will then be an opportunity for group lunches at the nearby restaurants in the village. In the afternoon, the skills based course will be opened up to participating EV drivers, to practice your driving skills in a wide open safe controlled environment, under the guidance of the Hong Kong Automobile Association. (*)

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 charged.hk and select the "May 29th Event" tab, or click here: http://www.charged.hk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1

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.

http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/air/prob_solutions/pro...

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.

Membership

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

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