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Can Hong Kong Become an All-Electric Transport City?

Discussion in 'Hong Kong' started by YH Chan, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. YH Chan

    YH Chan New Member

    Nov 13, 2015
    Hey folks, I'm planning to go to this interesting panel event on 9 Dec morning at KPMG. Tesla's Country Director in HK will be on the panel together with senior representatives from CLP, KPMG and PolyU.
    Anyone else?

    Am coping the details below:

    Can Hong Kong Become an All-Electric Transport City?

    Event Registration | AustCham

    The third event for 2015 in the InterCham Innovation Series will explore the merits of supercharging the adoption of electric vehicles in Hong Kong in order for our city to become the leading electric transportation city in Asia.
    We have gathered an expert group of speakers with both global and specific local expertise on electric vehicles and transport, to discuss and debate both the commercial and environmental benefits of proactively driving this bold vision for Hong Kong.
    Our think tank session will review all elements of the ecosystem for both private and public transportation and the necessary conditions that would need to co-exist in order for EVs to be HK’s predominant form of transportation in the next 5-10 years.
    About the panellists:
    TF Chow, Chief Operating Officer of CLP Power
    TF manages the generation, transmission, distribution and information technology businesses. He first joined CLP Power in 1980. After working in the State Electricity Commission of Victoria in Australia in the late 80’s and early 90’s, he rejoined CLP Power in 1992. Since then, he had held various management positions in both the Power Systems and Marketing & Customer Services Business Groups. TF was the Director – Power Systems of CLP Power until he was appointed to his present position in October 2013.

    Isabel Fan, Country Director of Tesla Motors Hong Kong
    Isabel is focused on driving business growth with delightful experiences for customers in Hong Kong. Her career includes twenty-five years at major corporations in U.S. and Asia Pacific. During this time, Isabel spent 19 years working for Apple Inc. in Asia Pacific in channel retail development and enterprise, and education market development. She has strong expertise in strategic planning, partnership management, sales operations with an emphasis on improving efficiency, and productivity to drive results. Isabel has a strong passion for technology and how it works to enhance people’s life.

    Dr. Wing-tat Hung, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Dr. Hung lectures transport infrastructure development and its environmental impacts. His research interests fall in the areas of vehicle emissions, highway noise and safety as well as large infrastructure development. He is active in many professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Board member of the Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies as well as the environmental group Conservancy Association.
    Dr. Hung is currently a member of the assessment team to monitor the performance of electric vehicles funded by the Government’s Pilot Green Transport Fund.

    Egidio Zarrella, Clients and Innovation Partner of KPMG
    Edge is heavily involved in driving innovation both within and outside of KPMG. He has been an advisor in numerous areas including business and IT Strategy, off shoring and outsourcing, IT architecture and performance. He has significant experience in developing business and IT strategies including target operating models, business and systems architecture, and execution plans.
    Edge is the firm’s leading speaker and advisor globally on Technology. He has been a major driver in the firm’s thought leadership in innovation and heavily involved in the start-up and entrepreneurial community of Hong Kong and broader China.

    Sarah Clarke, TV Presenter, Reporter and Producer of ABC
    Sarah presents the business program "AusBizAsia" on ABC TV and Australia Plus. She also hosted the TV program "The Environment Quarter" and was the award winning National Environment Correspondent for ABC from 2001 to 2013. She worked in the press gallery in Canberra as a political correspondent and as the defence and diplomatic correspondent.

    Thank you to our venue host:

    Wednesday, 9 December 2015

    Registration from 8:00am, Forum starts 8:15am and ends 10:00am

    KPMG, 8/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central

    AustCham Members HK$350
    Non Members HK$500
    Includes light breakfast

    To Book:
    Please click here for online booking (Only Visa or Master Card is accepted for online payment); or
    Paper booking form 151209 Can HK Become an All-Electric Transport City
  2. SK1

    SK1 Member

    Nov 15, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Do post a summary here after the event.
  3. Titus

    Titus Member

    Sep 22, 2015
    Hong Kong SAR
    Thanks for sharing, I'll try to sign up Monday

    It's too bad though only silence and cricket chirp from the government side with no one from gov depts attending?

    I mean mainland China has come out with strict policies for EV purchases for gov depts (certain % by local govs to be EV or funding cut), and HK can't manage to do something as simple as that? Or are they all in the pockets of oil companies and ICE car companies???
  4. lx3h

    lx3h's Director of Education

    Jan 3, 2014
    Hong Kong SAR China
    Sounds very interesting, hard it not been the $500, I think Charged Hong Kong would love to attend.
  5. moko

    moko New Member

    Dec 1, 2015
    Hong Kong
    Looking forward to attending the EV event next week. Should be a lively debate and good outtakes to share with the Government post-event.
  6. ediot

    ediot Member

    Nov 1, 2015
    hong kong, in fact, would be one of the most ideal places to implement an electric majority transportation infrastructure due to the ability to supply ample, stable electric enegy suuply thru its grid the and the place being so densely concentrated.

    currently the resistance to change mainly come from building managements worrying about legal issues and not wanting to change things and increasing their own workload.

    i'd love to what kind of conclusion the talk comes to
  7. csassulthk

    csassulthk Member

    Dec 24, 2015
    Hong Kong
    #7 csassulthk, Dec 30, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 4, 2016
    Dear ediot,

    There will be no conclusion!

    No Government support = Electric cars no future, and worse of all, Government would not support electric cars because $$$$$$$$$$$$ from oil tax!
  8. lx3h

    lx3h's Director of Education

    Jan 3, 2014
    Hong Kong SAR China
    #8 lx3h, Dec 31, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 4, 2016
    Double all ICE FRT, road tax, toll fees and oil tax, that will already be a great help from the Government
  9. DITB

    DITB co-founder

    Nov 13, 2012
    Hong Kong
    It's sad how this is often made into a black and white "fossil free yes/no?" discussion.

    Entirely getting rid of all fossil fuel, to drive any vehicle, will not likely be in my lifetime. Probably not yours either.

    The quest is to reduce it as much as possible. As fast as possible.

    Not by a few percent, but down to a level where only specialised and rare needs (or desires) are fossil fuel driven. Example: A steam locomotive running a line for historic reasons, now and then - which is the case in many countries. Collectors cars, taken out for displays or parades. Special utility vehicles, where a large amount of power is needed in a short time, on a mobile platform. And so on.

    What is needed is the bulk of the transportation, to be electrified. Not hybrid, but totally, non-combustive.

    Why the question of "Can we make this or that city/country/area fossil free yes/no" is silly is that it's utopian, far out goal, hence the discussion is "won" by the fossil fuel proponents. They can successfully claim "Ah, see, you cannot live without fossil fuel technology".

    The interesting points are really

    1) How can it be so attractive to use EVs that most or all new sales of ordinary vehicles sold, are pure electric?

    2) How fast can existing fossil fuel vehicles be phased out, in a natural way (to end of life)

    Over the span of some decades, the amount of fossil fuel cars can then - hopefully - be decimated. And the goal would be to have this process be as fast as realistically possible.

    Simple 13A wall chargers available "everywhere", so even EV owners with shorter range cars do not need to worry about running out of range - that is THE one most challenging part. Not just obstructive shopping malls or estates, but everywhere. You park, you (can) charge. Period. No more ICEind, no more looking for special parking lots. Just drive, park and plug in (if needed). And eventually, automated solutions where parking means charging, without the owner/driver needing to do anything at all (inductive, robot and similar)

    It doesn't have to be 13A/220V only, but as more and more vehicles are EVs, charging needs to be everywhere. Even though it's slow and somewhat inefficient - most cars park a lot more than they drive.
  10. Hkpkfan

    Hkpkfan Member

    May 19, 2014
    Hong Kong
    I sometimes wonder why things like gov't motor bikes can't be converted to EV bikes?

    Sometimes I go running on and these small scenic roads with parks, trees, nice quite views, and everyone is biking or running/walking....And then these local govt vans/cars come trolling through with black smoke puking out of their exhaust pipes come picking up trash and doing other maintenance on the area. Everyone tries to cover their mouth, but sometimes I end up swallowing a lot of that pollution and have to stop and get my inhaler.

    I just wonder why can't these gov't vehicles be EVs and stop polluting routes that are 90% running routes or 100% scenic parks.

    It doesn't seem too much of a stretch to slowly implement:

    #1) Parks and recreational vehicles convert to EV's as much as possible.
    #2) Police bikes and other gov't bikes convert to EVs as much as possible.
    and so on...At least get some govt projects to lead the way in converting to EV.

    Also, how come all the motorbikes in HK you barely ever see E-bikes? I see tons in China, never in HK. Can't they incentivize use of E-bikes in HK?

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