Seventeen people including lawmakers, executives and academics have been appointed to a panel charged with exploring how to promote electric vehicles in the city. The Steering Committee on Promotion of Electric Vehicles, led by the financial secretary, will comprise the five ministers responsible for development, the environment, transport, commerce and the Treasury, and 11 other members. The group will be responsible for formulating a strategy on the wider use of electronic vehicles in the city, including the setting up of recharging facilities in car parks. Two of the members are Thomas Jefferson Wu, managing director of Hopewell Holdings, and Adrian Cheng Chi-kong, an executive director at New World Development. Its subsidiary NWS Holdings has a big stake in Urban Parking, which has more than 20,000 parking spaces. Michael Wong Yick-kam, an executive director at Sun Hung Kai Properties, was also appointed. The company operates 90,000 bays through its Wilson Parking. York Liao, brother of former environment minister Sarah Liao Sau-tung and chairman of the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation, has also been appointed. Trevor Yang Chi-hsin, the chairman of WWF Hong Kong and director of Jebsen Group, will join him. Also sitting on the panel are Nicholas Brook, chairman of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park Corporation; Patrick Wang Shui-chung, chairman of electronic carmaker Johnson Electric Group; CLP Power chief Betty Yuen So Siu-mai; and Hongkong Electric managing director Tso Kai-sum. Other members are Chan Ching-chuen, an electronic car engineer, and Peter Hills, director and professor at the Kadoorie sustainability institute, University of Hong Kong.