Now here is the perfect place for electric vehicles: Hong Kong. Range anxiety? Not here. Hong Kong is a city where no trip is more than 20 miles or so one way. Driving into the hinterlands is blocked by a border and by the necessity for secondary mainland Chinese license plates. Registration taxes on cars are high, they vary from 35% to over 100%, based on the size and value of the car. Gasoline prices are high, about half of the price is tax. Fertile grounds for EVs.
Yesterday, the Hong Kong Government opened two new charging stations, one at the Hong Kong Star Ferry Pier and the Hong Kong Queen’s Pier. To celebrate the occasion, EV drivers could charge free of charge.
According to Gasgoo, the Hong Kong government has already built 39 charging stations, and is planning to add 23 more this year. Now if they would be really serious, they would lower the tax on the cars. But as there is no HK production, this is unlikely to happen. Wait! There is a home-grown EV called MyCar, developed by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and EuAuto Technology Limited.