Nation should utilize electric scooters: Mao
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.
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.”