Tesla owner driving a BMW i3 for 4 days

(No, it's not me in the picture, but my son)

During 2015 Drive Electric week in Hong Kong, I won a BMW i3 for a weekend. This turned out to be 4 days (Thursday to Monday), driving just over 300 km.

My own car is a 2014 right hand drive Tesla Model S (pre-drive assist version). Both of these cars are fully electric - the only way to power them are using a plug (In Hong Kong, the serial hybrid i3 iRex isn’t sold due to registration tax incentives not covering hybrids). We are a family of two adults, as well as a 21 month old boy and 3 month old girl.

    TLDR - Conclusion: The i3 is a really nice car. In some ways, the i3 is better, in other ways, the Tesla Model S is better. Both cars are highly recommended - for details, read on.

You can also check out the photo gallery of 55 photos here: http://is.gd/lpl4S2

… as well as a short time lapse video, showing two kids, two car seats and a tandem Sit’n’Stand stroller being loaded in the i3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbYP9he3TrU

My wife is taking the time lapse video so she is not in the video, but will also fit into the car, obviously.

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Tesla Model S Firmware v7.0 in Hong Kong X SCMP X Charged Hong Kong

My hands made the front page on SCMP
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Thanks to Charged Hong Kong chairman Mark Webb-Johnson's referral, I was invited for a video interview and demonstration of the latest autopilot capability in the firmware v7.0 on my Tesla Model S. Never knew this article would make the front page on South China Morning Post (SCMP) the next morning, so it is really a great honour for me.

Charged Hong Kong Rally 2015


This year's Charged Hong Kong Rally will take place on Sunday November 29th 2015. The route will be approximately 60km and well within the range of most EVs in Hong Kong.

The event will start with a breakfast gathering at Hotel ICON, Tsim Sha Tsui. We've booked the whole green lobby, and arranged a breakfast buffet in that fabulous space. 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 11am, we'll be getting in our cars for the eco-Rally to Science Park. We've planned two parts to this:

Registered charity #91/14340

We're pleased to be able to announce that after six months of application process, and vetting by both the Societies Office and Inland Revenue Department, effective 5th September 2015, Charged Hong Kong (電動香港) has been recognised as being a charitable institution, and is exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. This is something that your executive committee has been working hard on since our formation earlier this year, and we are incredibly grateful to the Inland Revenue Department for their kind assistance with this process.

As part of the charitable status application process, we held an EGM on 5th September 2015, and passed a set of amendments to our constitution in order to be better aligned to our charitable purpose. I think the Objectives of the association best explain what we are trying to achieve:

VITALAGE sponsors Drive Electric Week 2015 Hong Kong

Charged Hong Kong is proud to announce that VITALAGE has agreed to sponsor Drive Electric Week 2015 Hong Kong.

VITALAGE is an Aesthetic Medical Centre that provides personalized treatments that are clinically proven to be safe and effective. Our experienced team is passionate in helping every visiting patient to enhance their skin health & beauty. The VITALAGE name denotes “the most dazzling time of our lives”. It is an extension of the company’s mission to support every client in her pursuit of a beautiful life – one that is as strong and dazzling as a diamond. VITALAGE is proud to support and sponsor the Drive Electric Week event organized by Charged Hong Kong.

From September 12th to December 31st 2015, VITALAGE is also offering the following to EV drivers in Hong Kong:

InsideEVs sponsors Drive Electric Week 2015 Hong Kong

Charged Hong Kong is proud to announce that InsideEVs has agreed to help promote and sponsor Drive Electric Week 2015 Hong Kong.

www.insideevs.com

As they put it: 'InsideEVs is proud to help promote and sponsor the first Drive Electric Week celebration in Hong Kong, along with event organizer Charged Hong Kong. InsideEVs is currently the largest media outlet on the Internet dedicated solely to promoting electric vehicles, and this event's purpose mirrors our own mission statement to "get the word out" about the benefits of driving an EV.'

Mark Webb-Johnson, chairman of Charged Hong Kong, commented that 'it is with the help of organisations such as InsideEVs that we can spread the word about the benefits of driving and owning Electric Vehicles. We are particularly thankful for InsideEVs international outlook in such promotional efforts. This week's focus on social media and sharing the good news about EVs in Hong Kong is providing to be incredibly powerful, and the publicity provided by InsideEVs is helping to leverage that good work.'

Drive Electric Week is presented by Plug In America, Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association. The Hong Kong event in 2015 is organised by Charged Hong Kong.

Drive Electric Week 2015 Hong Kong and PhatRice

First Uber now this! Local eco startup PhatRice.com believes that Electric Vehicles could completely change the way deliveries are done.

Tesla’s electric luxury cars have been a huge hit in Hong Kong, with almost two thousand of them now making regular appearances all around town. The Tesla drivers are a passionate group and next week they’ll be kicking off Drive Electric Week, a series of events from Sep. 12 – 20 promoting electric vehicles. During this week PhatRice.com, a local online retailer promoting eco-friendly goods, will deliver all orders using Teslas. Customers receiving packages will even have a chance to sit in the electric luxury car and go for a drive-along. Oh and before we forget, shipping is free as usual!

Hotel ICON

Unlike any other, Hotel ICON is an upscale Hong Kong hotel in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui East. Standing as a testament to Hong Kong’s creative energy and vibrant arts scene, Hotel ICON showcases work from the city’s celebrated designers and the world’s most acclaimed architects. Offering the ultimate in comfort and committed to service excellence, Hotel ICON’s 262 stylish guestrooms comprise seductive extras, including complimentary wired and Wi-Fi internet connections, smartphone with unlimited mobile data and an ultra-slim 40” Ultra High Definition LED TV.

Auto & Environment: EV Numbers and Growth In Hong Kong As Of June/July 2015

According to data from the Environmental Protection Department of Hong Kong, as of 30th June 2015, the total number of registered EV in Hong Kong is 2279, an increase of 146 since May. This is considered as a high increase month, ranking 6th in overall highest monthly increase. The total number of registered private EV is 2012, an increase of 149 since May.

EV Growth in Hong Kong
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