Date
16 December 2017
Electric car owners find it hard to locate charging facilities or are forced to wait in long queues to have their vehicles charged. Photo: Smart Charge HK
Electric car owners find it hard to locate charging facilities or are forced to wait in long queues to have their vehicles charged. Photo: Smart Charge HK

HKT, CLP venture to install electric vehicle charging stations

A joint venture set up last year by Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) and China Light & Power (CLP) is planning to install electric vehicle charging stations in car parks of private residential estates and commercial buildings.

There are about 9,000 electric vehicles (EVs) registered in Hong Kong but only 1,505 EV chargers have been installed, suggesting a great demand for charging facilities, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Lawrence Cheung, director for technology development at the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), said electric car owners in the city find it hard to locate charging facilities or are forced to wait in long queues to have their vehicles charged.

On the other hand, many property owners are not interested in installing EV chargers because not many of them own electric cars or because they worry about electrical overloading in their properties.

To ease their concerns, Cheung said the HKPC can provide technical support, such as directing idle electricity to charging facilities through smart power distribution solutions.

As for the total infrastructure cost, Allen Wong, HKT’s head of product and business development, said project costs vary from several hundreds of thousands of HK dollars to several millions.

Smart Charge Ltd. can provide tailor-made solutions and undertake all the necessary construction work.

Individual customers have to pay HK$1,800 a month for unlimited EV charging under a three-year contract.

The initiative will begin with newly built properties, while buildings 20 years old or above have to wait until they are equipped with proper wiring and generator rooms.

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