A plug for MyCar, courtesy of all our Rolls-Royce owners

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 November, 2009, 12:00am

I refer to the article 'MyCars hit the street', (October, 24).Well done, MyCar. Should the government 'establish a citywide network of charging points', as the maker's chairman, Peter Sun Kwok-wah, suggests? Here's something to start the ball rolling.

The government should provide this infrastructure. It has already built a comprehensive transport infrastructure - charging points for these cars just add to it.

We need these cars because of pollution; the Air Pollution Index hits 175 in Central even at night. Bus companies get squeezed by high fuel costs so they keep their old clunkers running as long as possible to make a profit. Maybe they should be subsidised as well, to get the API down a bit.

Against all this: oil companies build their own filling stations and power companies their own power stations, but do car owners really pay the true economic cost of driving on our road system? I doubt it. In fact, MyCar owners may not even need the government to do anything - they could just plug the car in at home. Perhaps power companies should provide the charging points; after all, they are going to get paid for the power they provide.

It's going to take a lot to get people out of their BMWs and Rolls-Royces and instead sit in a little car like MyCar. Maybe we could tax them to the hilt and use the proceeds to pay for charging stations. That would make everyone happy - even the Rolls-Royce owners, who could then demonstrate how they are helping the environment by being rich.

The point is that we need to be a bit creative here. We need to see some leadership from Lower Albert Road. How about taking a leaf out of Singapore's book and saying: 'You know what, we need to do this, so here's what we're going to do.' I doubt many people would argue if, in say five years' time, we could actually breathe somewhere in Hong Kong.

Citizens and government officials need to all show their mettle, be proactive and support our electric car entrepreneurs - they deserve it.

Jeremy Kidner, Central