Electric vehicles ("EVs") have no tailpipe emissions. Replacing conventional vehicles with EVs can help improve roadside air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In view of the rapid development of EV technology, electric private cars ("e-PCs") may become the main stream vehicles in the foreseeable future. To support the wider use of e-PCs, the Government has been sparing no efforts in enhancing the EV charging infrastructure and network.
The Government has rolled out a $3.5 billion "EV-charging at Home Subsidy Scheme" ("EHSS") to subsidise the installation of EV charging-enabling infrastructure ("EVCEI") in car parks of existing private residential buildings, and hence further facilitate EV owners to install EV chargers at car parks of their residences according to their own needs in the future in a simple and easy manner. The EHSS is expected to cover about 140,000 private parking spaces in about 700 car parks of the existing private residential buildings and estates, accounting for about half of the eligible parking spaces in Hong Kong. Processing of applications is on a first-come-first-served basis until the funding is used up.