Electrification

Mainland car sales up for third month

The mainland's car industry may have turned the corner with an increase in sales for the third straight month in May that could offset the slowdown in January and February.

Thursday, 7 June, 2012, 12:00am

Nissan eyes mainland electric vehicle market

Hong Kong's compact urban setting might make it a perfect start-up point for the introduction of electric cars, but the mainland remains the ultimate goal for carmakers.

Nissan, which has drafted what some consider to be the world's most ambitious electric vehicle (EV) plan, says it hopes one day to become the nation's biggest EV supplier.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Analysts bullish despite plunge in January sales

Analysts are still positive about the outlook for the mainland's car industry despite a 23.8 per cent year-on-year fall in passenger car sales last month to 1.16 million units - the biggest drop in three years.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

How to keep cool with the engine off

A system that switches off a car engine automatically while leaving the air conditioning running on electricity may be the answer to sweltering heat in vehicles during summer, though it won't come cheap.

The locally developed system comes as the city's ban on idling engines kicks in this week.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Weird and wonderful

Ferrari's new 458 Spider could be the star of the Frankfurt Motor Show, which opened on September 13. It's the world's first mid-rear engined Berlinetta, with a retractable hard top, and it looks stunning.

Then there is Porsche's new 3.4-litre Carrera, which belts supercar speeds, 8.21 litres of petrol per 100km and carbon dioxide spew of just 194g/km.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Fare shortfall puts brakes on tram upgrades

The operator of Hong Kong's 163 trams says less than a third of its fleet will be upgraded by 2014 - half of its original target - because it did not get the fare rise it asked for.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland subsidies ease the jolt of buying an electric car

Shanghai has announced an additional subsidy for buyers of electric cars in a move to promote the use of environmentally friendly vehicles in its fast-growing car market.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

The financial power to electrify rural areas

Chinese leaders are increasingly anxious about growing public discontent, as well as the worsening urban-rural wealth gap. The only way to safeguard social harmony is to maintain a balanced economy so the entire country can prosper.

23 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Budget can power the city's green revolution

If I were preparing this year's budget, I would use it to drive a green and sustainable economy for Hong Kong, and to help Hongkongers combat inflation without the need to offer free electricity across the community.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Government's anti-pollution measures are not working

I refer to Pang Sik-wing's letter ('Measures have been introduced to tackle air pollution sources', December 22).

Mr Pang is a principal environment protection officer (air policy) at the Environmental Protection Department.

28 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Education is the key to reducing levels of roadside air pollution

There has been a call for motorists to stop driving their cars once a month to alleviate Hong Kong's air pollution problems.

It was reported that if 45 companies and 400,000 private car owners take part, this could reduce the city's carbon emissions by 660 tonnes a year ('Drivers urged to leave cars at home once a month', September 7).

12 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Fuel for thought

Hong Kong now has some 400,000 private cars on its roads, a number that came upon us quicker than might have been expected a few years ago. It appears accelerated growth in car ownership has been fuelled, in part, by an exemption from registration tax for drivers who opt to buy 'green'.

15 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

letters

Let's stop compensated dating

Young girls getting involved in compensated dating is a serious problem. It is not only a social problem, but also a moral issue. It is probably related to other problems, which makes it complex.

31 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Government's excuses on clean air are just not acceptable

I refer to your editorial ('Government has duty to act on air quality', June 30).

I find the government's latest procrastination about the basket of 19 measures to improve the quality of our air in Hong Kong completely unacceptable and even hypocritical.

6 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

More time needed to reach consensus on clean air programme

After nearly two years of consultancy study, and four months of public consultation that ended in November, environment officials are still no nearer to hammering out a clear road map on how Hong Kong should move towards better air quality.

29 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

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