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EV development makes good progress in Hong Kong

     At its meeting today (June 8), the Steering Committee on the Promotion of Electric Vehicles chaired by the Financial Secretary noted the good progress made in the electric vehicle (EV) development in Hong Kong.  

     In terms of infrastructural support, the Steering Committee was pleased to note the expansion of EV charging network, with 1,000 standard charging points being made available for public use by the end of June.  The Committee also noted that the progress made on the promotion of use of EVs in the public transport sector. Regarding the trial of electric buses announced in the 2011 Policy Address, the Government has been liaising with the franchised bus companies and will soon be seeking funding from the Legislative Council Finance Committee to implement the scheme.
     As regards the Pilot Green Transport Fund set up in March 2011 to encourage the transport sector to test out green innovative transport technologies, 24 applications were approved with the total amount of subsidy amounting to some $61 million. These applications involve bus operators, courier and logistics trade, goods vehicle operators and non-profit making organisations for the trial of 16 electric buses, 10 electric goods vehicles and 24 hybrid electric goods vehicles.

     "The introduction of EVs in the public transport sector will help improve roadside air quality, making our environment cleaner and greener.  I am pleased to know that the trial of electric vans already started in March 2012 and more are being scheduled soon," said the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Edward Yau, after the Steering Committee meeting.

     At today's meeting, the Steering Committee was also briefed on the plans of various dealers to introduce their EVs to Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Airport Authority's plan to expand their EV fleet.

Ends/Friday, June 8, 2012
Issued at HKT 20:26


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