Electric cars still the greener option by far

Letter to the editor, in today's SCMP: http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1938603/letters-editor-april...

I refer to the article, “Electric shock – Tesla cars in Hong Kong more polluting than petrol models” (April 13). The Bernstein report quoted in the article presents a distorted picture, skewing the data to fit the author’s investment portfolio. Not surprising, given the report’s author’s oil and gas background and investments.

The most outrageous distortion is the choice of HK Electric in the estimation of carbon intensity, while completely excluding CLP, whose carbon dioxide emissions are 30 per cent lower. CLP generates three-quarters of the electricity, and powers 70 per cent of the electric vehicles, in Hong Kong. Correct that one distortion, and the report result is reversed.

Bernstein uses artificial fuel economy figures; production emissions are exaggerated, and the amount of carbon dioxide produced in the extraction, refinement and transportation of oil is understated.

Earth Day - 22nd April 2016

What are we waiting for? The time is now.

The movement continues.

We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.

In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.

And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.

This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and build on it.

Let’s start now. And let’s not stop.
- See more at: http://www.earthday.org/

May 14th Meet-Up and Drive

For our May 14th event, depending on numbers, we are planning to have lunch at either Ocean Terminal or in or around Hopewell Centre where there is ample parking.

After lunch, weather permitting, we will drive in groups up to the Jockey Club's Beas River Country Club in Sheung Shui for a leisurely afternoon / evening for tea and stroll through the extensive grounds.

Sign-up online here: http://www.charged.hk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=5

Citing what's Creditable and Authoritative

In order to support Mark's RTHK 3 interview, here's a mini-research I did this morning. Short, but I only cite what's creditable and authoritative. More information in the caption of each photo.

RTHK Radio 3 Backchat 2016-04-18

Mark Webb-Johnson, Chairman, Charged Hong Kong, was a guest on this morning's RTHK Radio 3 Backchat radio program. Talking about EVs, the need for government incentives, environmental protection and our air quality.

Of particular focus was the recent report from Investment research firm Bernstein with the ridiculous allegation that EVs pollute more than petrol vehicles.

The report's author (Dr Neil Beveridge) is a 19+ year veteran of the oil and gas industry, holding an investment position in oil and gas stocks. He is hardly an independent authority. Let's try to avoid getting our environmental advice from an oil and gas investor. We'd rather listen to the dozens of academic papers from credible universities and private sector researchers, the environmental protection agencies around the world, and governments - all of whom are promoting and encouraging the switch to electric vehicles.

Charged Hong Kong Members' Stories #007 -- Mr. Mark Webb-Johnson

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Mark with the Bond girls at the Electric Vehicle Fiesta 2015

Mark Webb-Johnson, arguably Hong Kong's most notable spokesperson for EVs. He has appeared frequently on the media since the very first EV set wheels on Hong Kong soil. The Number 1 go-to person to ask anything about EVs, moderator of Tesla Motor Club forums and now the heart and spine of Charged Hong Kong. He's our guest of Charged Hong Kong Members' Stories #007, he's our James Bond, and he's the Charged Hong Kong chairman.

Here's our interview below:

Charged Hong Kong Members' Stories #006 -- Mr. Eric Tang


Eric with his Tesla Model S

In Charged Hong Kong, everyone aims to contribute to a better future of Hong Kong. Some takes a more public approach, others work hard behind the scene. Member Mr. Eric Tang does both.

In this issue of Charged Hong Kong Members' Stories #006, he will share with us the motivation behind his SCMP story as well as suggestions for the Hong Kong Government to improve on the situation at car parks.

Here's our interview below:

Charged Hong Kong member Sonny Chen Shares his Story


Charged Hong Kong Associate member Sonny Chen shares his stories of owning two generations of Tesla EVs.#Chargedhongkong #EV #HongKong #EVangelist

Posted by Charged Hong Kong on Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Stanley Plaza Is Back on The Link EV Pass Participating Car Park List

Charged Hong Kong Members' Stories #005 -- Mr. Alex Wai

Alex Wai with his Tesla Model S

Alex Wai, a name known to many globally, yet we know so little of him, he tells EV stories of Asia to tens of thousands, yet almost none has told stories of him - he's an international man of mystery, he's the journalist of InsideEVs and he's our guest for today's issue of Charged Hong Kong Members' Stories #005!


Here's our interview below:

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