Na­tion should uti­lize elec­tric scoot­ers: Mao

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY KATHER­INE WEI

Tai­wan should be elim­i­nat­ing the use of two-stroke mo­tor­cy­cles and scoot­ers and in­stead em­ploy elec­tric ve­hi­cles soon, said Pre­mier Mao Chi-kuo ( ) yes­ter­day.

The pre­mier called for the changes from lo­cal gas sta­tions to bat­tery-charg­ing sta­tions for the said elec­tric ve­hi­cles af­ter lis­ten­ing to a re­port by the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs yes­ter­day, and said that the bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cles would be the trend when it comes to en­ergy sav­ing and car­bon re­duc­tion.

“The devel­op­ment of th­ese ve­hi­cles would be an es­sen­tial part of the new in­dus­try that is cen­tered on smart de­vices and smart tech- nol­ogy. Tai­wan has been see­ing ob­vi­ous re­sults af­ter years of study and pro­mo­tion of elec­tric lo­co­mo­tives, and re­lated in­dus­tries have been garner­ing at­ten­tion world­wide,” said Mao, who en­cour­aged cen­tral and lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties to co­op­er­ate on pro­mot­ing bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cles in the fu­ture.

The par­tic­u­late mat­ter caused by scoot­ers and mo­tor­cy­cles takes up as much as 23 per­cent of the to­tal suspended par­tic­u­lates, and is the sin­gle big­gest source of air pol­lu­tion in Tai­wan, the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan stated.

For fine par­tic­u­late mat­ter that mea­sure at 2.5 mi­crom­e­ters, Canadian stud­ies have shown that with the elim­i­na­tion of ev­ery 100 diesel car­ri­ers, diesel con­sump­tion will be less­ened by 8,198 kilo­grams per year, also re­duc­ing the par­tic­u­late mat­ter re­leased when cars are on the move.

Mao said he aims to shape Tai­wan into a ma­jor man­u­fac­turer of green trans­porta­tion ve­hi­cles as well as a “model green coun­try,” in ad­di­tional to up­grad­ing in­dus­tries in Tai­wan and said he wants to “de­clare war against car­bon emis­sion.”

“This is why the Cabi­net has pro­posed a plan to de­velop smart ve­hi­cles and ad­just the di­rec­tion of the plan prac­ti­cally,” said Mao.

Gov­ern­ment Spon­sor­ing

Elec­tric Scoot­ers

Af­ter the in­tro­duc­tion of elec­tric ve­hi­cles in Tai­wan, there are 134 large bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cles in op­er­a­tion through­out the na­tion, and the gov­ern­ment has spon­sored 31,919 elec­tric scoot­ers as well, said Mao.

“The elec­tric ve­hi­cle in­dus­try is mak­ing good progress in Tai­wan as we speak, so I would like to as­sist the in­dus­try’s growth and al­low peo­ple to feel for them­selves the benefits of the elec­tric ve­hi­cles: no pol­lu­tion and less noise,” said Mao. “The com­mer­cial­iz­ing of this in­dus­try should be in­no­va­tive as well, com­pa­nies mar­ket­ing bat­ter­ies and ve­hi­cles can col­lab­o­rate, bat­ter­ies can be rented and more cross-in­dus­try col­lab­o­ra­tion is en­cour­aged, so the prod­ucts will at­tract a large user base.”

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