I understand the government's hard work in promoting the adoption and use of Electric Vehicles in Hong Kong, and the positive effect that such adoption can have on our environment. However, the single biggest issue affecting such adoption is where to charge these Electric Vehicles. I own and drive an Electric Vehicle in Hong Kong and am well aware of the issues surrounding this.
The recent deployment of 1,000 charging stations in shopping centre car parks and government offices goes some way to address the issue. But, the 10km additional range per hour that 220V 13A gives is quite simply insufficient, unless the vehicle can charge for most of the day/night - which is not practical for a short shopping visit. The alternative solution of deploying CHAdeMO fast chargers is too costly and quite frankly the wrong solution for the majority of private vehicle users.
The answer comes from looking at where vehicle owners leave their vehicles standing idle for the majority of the time. In almost all cases that is either at home or office car parks. Charging at such locations, even with a simple 220V 13A socket for 8 to 10 hours, makes excellent economic sense and would be a perfect solution for all the owners I speak to. 10 hours at 220V 13A results in approximately 100km of additional range for most electric vehicles.
However, when owners (or prospective owners) approach their office / home management association to get approval to install a simple 220V 13A socket, their applications are simply denied. The management / home ownership corporations have no incentive to support such installations - they only see the risks and extra work involved.
While I understand that government has made some progress and enacted legislation to address this issue for new buildings, the problem affecting the vast majority of owners is with existing buildings.
Looking at the situation in USA, where they have the most experience and success with incentivising the adoption of electric vehicles, we find that more and more states are enacting legislation to make it illegal for a home ownership organisation to reject / block the deployments of electric vehicle charging stations in owner's car parks. For example, California enacted statute 1353.9 (see http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/di...le=1352-1353.9
) in 2012, and Oregon has this summer enacted HB3301 (see HB 3301 :: Oregon Legislature Bill Tracker - Your Government - The Oregonian
) which has similar effect. Both legislation quite simply make it illegal to block such installations, provided the owner's proposal is reasonable (including such things as insurance requirement, sensible billing procedures, and payment of costs).
I strongly urge the Hong Kong Government to adopt similar measures, and believe it will have a positive impact for the adoption of electric vehicles in Hong Kong, leading to improvements in our environment, health and way of life.