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Charging ahead with electric vehicles

The Standard

19 Mar 2021

Hong Kong plans to increase charging stations to 155,000 by 2025 as it launched the first roadmap to popularise electric vehicles yesterday.

Registration of new vehicles with internal combustion engines, including hybrids, will be stopped by 2035, under the Hong Kong Roadmap on Popularisation of Electric Vehicles. To encourage people to go electric, the plan will increase private electric charging facilities to 150,000 and public facilities to 5,000 four years from now.

In September 2019, there were 2,506 public chargers, a document to the Legislative Council shows. Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said yesterday the government will look into potentially requiring all parking spaces in new private buildings to be equipped with charging facilities.The scheme would be a stepped-up version of an existing scheme, which encourages developers to install charging infrastructure for gross floor area concessions for car parks, Wong said.

The government will take the lead to procure and replace small to medium private cars with electric vehicles.

The Standard

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