Taipei-The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Wednesday that it is planning to install 3,310 battery charging stations around Taiwan over the next five years to encourage greater use of electric vehicles as part of a wider effort to reduce air pollution.
Government funds will be allocated to the state-owned oil refiner CPC Corp. Taiwan to build 1,000 charging stations, while another 2,310 will be set up in parking areas near railway stations and elsewhere, the ministry said.
In addition, the MOEA said, its Industrial Development Bureau will provide subsidies up to NT$300,000 (US$10,141) for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in front of PX Mart chain stores and 7-11 convenience stores.
The installation of the 3,310 new charging stations will bring the total number in Taiwan to 5,010, as 1,700 were set up last year, which will provide service for the estimated 226,000 electric vehicles that will be on the roads by 2022, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, government agencies that use motorcycles and scooters will continue to buy electric ones over the next five years, the ministry said.
It is all part of a wider government initiative, being carried out by the relevant ministries, to phase out fuel-powered motorcycles in Taiwan by 2035.
The MOEA began promoting the use of electric motorcycles in 2009 and launched a trial run of electric cars and buses in 2011. Over the past few years, 800 charging stations for electric cars and buses and 1,800 for electric motorcycles have been installed throughout Taiwan, according to the ministry.
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council