RTHK Backchat - 13th September 2017

"On Wednesday's Backchat, are petrol driven cars on the way out? Governments and manufacturers around the world are moving fast towards a future with only electric or hybrid vehicles. Many states in America simply want to ban the sale of petrol eventually. In Norway already a quarter of cars are powered by electricity generated from hydropower. Is the internal combustion engine really doomed? What will a future of electric cars look like? Where will the energy come from, and the raw materials? How will they charge, and how is Hong Kong faring?"

Charged Hong Kong's chairman, Mark Webb-Johnson, joined the panel to help drive this important discussion.

Listen here:
http://podcast.rthk.hk/podcast/item_epi.php?pid=177&lang=en-US&id=99491

Cars and Coffee - 2nd September 2017

There is a long tradition of Cars and Coffee, and we thought it a good idea to combine that with the Hong Kong tradition of a Sunday morning drive. An opportunity to get together over breakfast / coffee and talk about electric vehicles and what can do for the environment and air quality here. We hold these events on a monthly basis.

The next event will be Saturday 2nd September 2017 at Starbucks (Shop S001), Science Park. We'll be there between 10am and 11:30am - feel free to come early/late, whichever is more convenient.There is plenty of parking at Science Park, Superchargers, and they have an EV parking concession:

https://www.hkstp.org/hkstp_web/Files/Facility/Science%20Park/Transporta...

This is very informal. Come if you can. But, we would appreciate you letting us know if you can come via eMail to events@charged.hk.

Cars and Coffee - August 2017

As there are so many people away on their summer holidays, we have decided to skip this month's cars and coffee meet-up. We'll resume the monthly meet-ups in September.

Congratulations to Mr YU Kam-kee, Lawrence, for his award of Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS)

Charged.HK would like to congratulate Mr YU Kam-kee, Lawrence, BBS, JP, for his award of the Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS) in this year's honours list. Quite simply, without Mr Yu's involvement, the Formula E ePrix would not be taking place here in Hong Kong. This award is well deserved, and recognises all that Mr Yu has done for the promotion of electric vehicles in Hong Kong.

The citation reads "Mr Yu is awarded the SBS for his long and distinguished community service, particularly in the development of sports, promotion of tourism, enhancement of road safety and promotion of organ donation in Hong Kong. Mr YU has also made significant contributions to the automobile and motorsport community, particularly his instrumental role in launching Hong Kong’s first Formula E car racing competition, the Hong Kong ePrix in 2016."

Cars and Coffee - 2nd July 2017

There is a long tradition of Cars and Coffee, and we thought it a good idea to combine that with the Hong Kong tradition of a Sunday morning drive. An opportunity to get together over breakfast / coffee and talk about electric vehicles and what we can do for the environment and air quality here.

We intend to have these events on a monthly basis - the first Saturday or Sunday of each month.

The next event will be Sunday 2nd July 2017 at Festival Walk Starbucks, in Kowloon. The coffee shop is at UG-20A, in the Festival Walk shopping centre. We'll be there between 10am and 11:30am - feel free to come early/late, whichever is more convenient.There is plenty of parking at Festival Walk, including Superchargers for Tesla vehicles.

Prior to the event, conditional on the weather being fine, some of us are going to take our cars up Fei Ngo Sha (to the Kowloon Peak Viewing Point, and then Fei Ngoh Shan lookout, and then loop down to Festival Walk). Those are some of the most beautiful viewing points in Hong Kong, looking down from on high over Kowloon. That drive will start at 9am sharp, from Anderson Road (near the junction to On Sau Road). If you are interested in joining that drive, please contact events@charged.hk for details.

This is very informal. Come if you can. If you have any questions, eMail events@charged.hk.

Petition to urge the government to reform outdated legislation and promote the development of innovation and technology

Initiated by Hon Charles Mok, Legislative Councillor (Information Technology).

Over the past few years we've seen Hong Kong's outdated laws and policies hampering the adoption of EVs in Hong Kong. We've slipped in the global innovation ranking.

We are asking for your support to Hon Charles Mok's motion coming up in the Legislative Council to urge the government to reform outdated legislation and promote the development of innovation and technology.

The motion will urge the government to coordinate various policy bureaux in reviewing outdated legislation. To better cope with the technological development, the public expectations and with suitable approaches, we urge the government to conduct extensive consultation, update obsolete legislation, introduce policies conducive to innovation and formulate innovative regulatory frameworks that will strike a balance with various stakeholders.

We also urge the government to listen to the views of the public and adopt a proper attitude in promoting innovation. Appropriate legislation has to be enacted to foster the growth of digital economy, smart city, and to facilitate the development and application of innovation and technology. All these approaches will offer more choices for the people and make Hong Kong more competitive, therefore allowing us to seize the opportunities and keep up with our global counterparts.

Formula e-prix 2017 - Early-Bird Discounted Pricing Offer

After last year’s successful Hong Kong Formula e-prix the event is set to be repeated this year over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of December at the same Central venue and street circuit. The year’s event will be a ‘double header’ with a Formula e-prix race being held on both the Satur-day and the Sunday.

An enhanced e-village will be located at Tamar Park and grandstands will be erected at Tamar Park, Lung Wo Road and at the Observation Wheel.

The public sale tickets for the grandstands and the E-motion hospitality will go on sale in mid July, however Charged Hong Kong's corporate member Autosports HK is able to offer corporate discounts up until 7th July 2017 as follows:

SCMP: Hong Kong’s electric car market comes to emergency stop

"Transport Department figures indicate there is a total of 10,589 private EVs registered in the city, and 2,964 of them were registered in March 2017 alone. That healthy growth then hit a red light when not a single private EV was registered in April."

“There was no first registration of an electric private car in April 2017,” a department spokesman confirms.

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/motoring/article/2097998/hong-kongs-electr...

Cars and Coffee - 4th June 2017 - Coffee Meets Bagels

There is a long tradition of Cars and Coffee, and we thought it a good idea to combine that with the Hong Kong tradition of a Sunday morning drive. An opportunity to get together over breakfast / coffee and talk about electric vehicles and what can do for the environment and air quality here.

We intend to have these events on a monthly basis - the first Sunday of each month.

The next event will be Sunday 4th June 2017 at Recharge, Cyberport, on Hong Kong Island. The coffee shop is at Level 4 Cyberport 2, and we'll be there between 9am and 11:30am - feel free to come early/late, whichever is more convenient.There is plenty of parking at Cyberport, including Superchargers for Tesla vehicles.

This is very informal. Come if you can. If you have any questions, eMail events@charged.hk.

Cars and Coffee - 7th May 2017

There is a long tradition of Cars and Coffee, and we thought it a good idea to combine that with the Hong Kong tradition of a Sunday morning drive. An opportunity to get together over breakfast / coffee and talk about electric vehicles and what can do for the environment and air quality here.

We intend to have these events on a monthly basis - the first Sunday of each month.

The first event will be Sunday 7th May 2017 at Starbucks (Shop S001), Science Park. We'll be there between 9am and 11:30am - feel free to come early/late, whichever is more convenient.There is plenty of parking at Science Park, Superchargers, and they have an EV parking concession:

https://www.hkstp.org/hkstp_web/Files/Facility/Science%20Park/Transporta...

This is very informal. Come if you can. But, we would appreciate you letting us know if you can come via eMail to events@charged.hk.

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