April 6, 2023
The latest Policy Address revealed plans to introduce around 700 electric buses and around 3,000 electric taxis by the end of 2027. The Budget announced a 100% loan guarantee scheme to encourage taxi owners to switch to pure electric taxis.
DAB LegCo member Elizabeth Quat believed the lack of charging facilities like charging stations hindered the use of electric taxis in Hong Kong. The taxi industry is afraid the difficulty in charging will affect their livelihood and therefore hesitant to switch to electric taxis. Ben Chan pointed out government policy support is crucial in promoting electric vehicles and taxis, and hoped relevant departments can provide more support.
Elizabeth and Ben recommended:
Increase charging stations and provide more policy support;
Research introducing mobile EV Charger;
Suggest researching approval of using the New Energy Transport Fund to subsidize procurement of Mobile EV Charger;
Provide one-stop service for applying to build charging facility;
Resolve electric power supply shortage issues
DAB LegCo member Elizabeth Quat (9031 7995)
DAB LegCo member Ben Chan (9274 7035)