Auto & Environment: EV Numbers and Growth in Hong Kong as of Dec 2015

(Original blog entry on Locky's English Playground)

EV Numbers and Growth in Hong Kong as of Dec 2015
Image from Locky's English Playground

The Transport Department of Hong Kong (TD) has released the finalised figures yesterday and it shows how precise my estimate is. Comparing with my post 2 days ago, the total number of EVs is off by just 1, that is my estimate of 4068 versus TD's 4067. And because the number is only differed by 1, all calculated  percentages about Tesla Model S stay unchanged and accurate.

(For calculations of those percentages, please read my previous post Auto & Environment: EV Numbers and Growth (Estimates) in Hong Kong as of Dec 2015 (Pre-TD Figures).)

In the final quarter of 2015, Hong Kong enjoyed the best EV number increment since EV FRT waiver has been installed in 1994. With three consecutive record-breaking numbers from Oct 2015 to Dec 2015 (352, 437, 504), Hong Kong has added 1293 EVs in this period, or 31.8% of the total EV population in the city in just 3 months. The total number of EV per new vehicle purchase has raised from 12.87% in Oct to 16.26% in Nov and to 17.66% in Dec, which translates to 1 EV in every 6 new vehicles. Indeed, an incredible achievement and victory for all people of Hong Kong! Then again, because EVs only constitute 0.51% of all vehicles in Hong Kong, this victory is only a 0.51% victory. In order for Hong Kong to reach 25.5% of Norway, there is still a long way to go.

A long way, but the best and only way.

Auto & Environment: EV Numbers and Growth (Estimates) in Hong Kong as of Dec 2015 (Pre-TD Figures)

(Original blog entry on Locky's English Playground)

EV Growth in Hong Kong
Image from Locky's English Playground

First and foremost, I would like to express my gratitude to Forbes journalist John Kang for using my Jun/Jul 2015 estimates. It was a good article he wrote so please show your support by reading it.

While I anxiously wait for the Transport Department of Hong Kong (TD) to release their December 2015 statistics (which should be within this week), I am interested in knowing how far my estimates are from the actual ones, which is why I am releasing my latest estimates now. I will release another update when the actual figures are out.

Be part of the WAVE!

WAVE 2016

http://www.wave.earth/

The World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) is a people's movement offering practical environmentally sustainable actions following the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change. Join the 6th WAVE Trophy with your electric vehicle or with your school.

The general idea is to send a climate commitment for each pupil to United Nations and the leaders of the world. On a particular day around early April 2016, the WAVE Hong Kong will send an electric vehicle to your school to pick up the commitments and take them to the nearest port - to be shipped to Bremerhaven, Germany. From there, 100 electric vehicles will transport those cards in a convoy to United Nations in Geneva, creating not only the world's largest card mosaic (a new Guinness World Record), but also sending a strong message from each pupil to the nations of this world. Finally, each pupil will find his card online, when a drone will take a high resolution photograph of the whole mosaic.

Charged.hk - history and founding of a Hong Kong NGO

Formation of Charged.hk on 25/1-2015

Charged.HK was conceived almost a year ago. Here is a brief history and current status:

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It was in 1994 that the HK SAR introduced the initial exemption of “First Registration Tax” for electric private vehicles ("EV FRT Exemption"). Ever since, this exemption has been renewed multiple times. Last was March 2014, this time for a period of 3 years, to be reviewed by March 2017.

As EV (Electric Vehicle) technology is finally starting to catch up to fossi-fuel cars, the change is starting to take off - 20 years after the first exemption was passed. In Hong Kong, the group of EV owners is now growing outside of the early-mover stage into where ordinary citizens have started to replace their fossil-fuel cars with and EV.

Auto & Event: Charged Hong Kong 2015 Wrap Up feat. #ChargedHKRally2015

(Original blog entry on Locky's English Playground)

Charged Hong Kong Rally 2015 @HKSTP
Photo from SCMP

To combat climate change, we rallied through 2015.

One year ago, before Charged Hong Kong was founded, we organised a rally in the name of Tesla Motors Club Hong Kong and donated the proceeds to Hong Kong Shark Foundation. We had about 14 Tesla EVs participating. We made new friends and had tonnes of fun!

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
Image from Locky's English Playground

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:

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