Green Vehicles

German carmakers lose Hong Kong market share after tax break ends

German carmakers lose Hong Kong market share after tax break ends

German car brands are losing market share in Hong Kong as a weaker yen and a new emissions rule that has squeezed European cars out of a tax incentive scheme since April have made their Japanese rivals more competitive.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:47am

Perks galore in rush to sell green cars

Volkswagen's designer Stefan Wallburg at the launch of the Golf 7 model, the price of which has been cut to boost sales. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong dealers are offering discounts and promotions on European cars with "green" approvals in a race to sell them before buyers lose their entitlements to tax waivers of up to HK$75,000 by April 1.

11 Mar 2013 - 4:30am

Letters to the Editor, February 24, 2013

Karen Mok recalled her early days as a singer. Photo: AP

During my tenure as museum director, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum averaged 35,000 paying visitors a year. This compares favourably with the paid visits to government museums and, indeed, with that of similar maritime museums abroad.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 2 comments

Government's plan for greener vehicles

Government subsidies can turn vehicles into greener machines. Photo: Felix Wong

I refer to the letters relating to roadside air pollution by Nigel Lam ("HK$10b fund will not curb air pollution", February 4) and Don Pittis ("Taxis could switch to new hybrid models", February 4).

In his policy address, the chief executive said our air quality policies were premised on the protection of public health, and our next priority would be improving roadside air quality.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 1 comment

Green is good, as long as taxes are not in the red

Shanghai Stock Exchange

It's always interesting and sometimes surprising to see what drives policy in Hong Kong. Take the story in yesterdays' SCMP about car dealers asking the government for more time to clear their stock of green vehicles before more stringent regulations are introduced.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:38am

Electric cars: the BURNING QUESTION

The drivers of Shenzhen's 300 electric taxis say they are finding passengers harder to come by following a deadly blaze in late May that was triggered by a rear-end collision.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Look what's just around the bend

Zooming in on your own apartment is one of the joys of Google Street View. But the prodigious attempt to photograph where we live could be about to extend beyond mere novelty.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

HK may put brakes on electric taxis

The Hong Kong government is seeking to tighten the standard of electric vehicles imported into the city after an accident sparked a fire in a BYD electric car last month, killing three people in Shenzhen.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

BYD dealers put brakes on electric car subsidies

Two of BYD's biggest dealers have stopped paying an advance subsidy of 120,000 yuan (HK$146,000) to buyers of the company's electric cars because they say it has become a burden on their liquidity.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Electric-car safety tests faulted

Experts have questioned whether the mainland's safety tests for electric cars were rigorous enough after an electric taxi burst into flames, killing three, when it was struck from the rear by a speeding sports car.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Media Muzzled over fatal electric taxi fire

Guangdong propaganda authorities have urged local media not to report anything critical about electric cars or BYD Auto after one its e6 taxis burst into flames in a Shenzhen crash, killing its driver and two passengers.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Nissan wants in on Hong Kong's electric revolution

Nissan is hoping once again to become a major supplier of Hong Kong taxis: it aims to compete with mainland carmaker BYD to turn the city's 18,150 liquefied petroleum taxis into electrically-powered cars - a market worth HK$7.26 billion.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Three die as electric taxi explodes

A fatal road accident in Shenzhen at the weekend has raised concerns about the safety of electric cars developed on the mainland amid an ongoing central government push for them to be more widely used.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Carmakers group sees boost for green car sales

An industry group representing mainland carmakers expects the government to launch fresh incentives to help people buy green vehicles in the next few months, as part of efforts to create the market for the 500,000 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles to be introduced by 2015.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

On yer bike

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am