ECCT EV experience workshop highlights challenges and opportunities for EVs in Taiwan
The Mobility committee of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) today hosted an electric vehicle (EV) experience workshop to highlight the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the EV mobility transition in Taiwan. The workshop, which was arranged by ECCT members representing European car brands and attended by government officials from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) and other agencies, consisted of actual EV driving and charging experience as well as briefings and discussions between government and industry players to discuss plans for EV charging infrastructure development and related plans. 14 types of EVs from 7 international automotive brands were used during the workshop to facilitate the EV experience.
During the workshop, officials were given the opportunity to drive EVs from the Neihu district in Taipei to the Linkou district in New Taipei City and then find charging points for the vehicles in order to help them understand the practical difficulties EV drivers face when recharging their vehicles. Furthermore, the workshop provided opportunities for EV industry players and government officials to discuss feasible directions for a better EV charging eco-system with a view towards preparing Taiwan for an EV future. Government officials participating included representatives from Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MoTC): Department of Railways and Highways, Institute of transportation; Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA): Industrial Development Bureau, Bureau of Energy, Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection; Environmental Protection Administration; Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior (MoI), etc.
The objectives of the workshop were to: 1) Raise government officials' understanding of EV drivers' challenges in charging their vehicles, such as finding information about the location of charge points and finding an available charging parking space at the destination; 2) Promote and synchronize awareness and understanding, among Taiwan government agencies, of crucial elements that should be considered during the process of forming charging infrastructure development policies; 2) Provide a platform for government officials to explain their current plans for developing charging infrastructure to EV industry players and encourage the exchange of ideas between the government and industry.
According to "Taiwan's Pathway to Net-Zero Emissions in 2050" published by National Development Council, vehicle electrification has been identified as one of the key strategies to attain net-zero emissions in Taiwan. Following this policy guideline, several government agencies in Taiwan have been working to put together holistic planning toward vehicle electrification. In particular, the MOTC has set goals for 30% of sales of new cars to be EVs by 2030, and 100% by 2040, to set up 6,000 AC charge points, and 500 DC charge points by 2030.
While the ECCT has welcomed the government's targets and commitments, achieving the ambitious goals set forth will require consistency and cohesion of EV policies among various agencies. The purpose of the workshop was to give officials a practical hands-on demonstration of the various challenges EV drivers face when charging their vehicles and how the situation is likely to become even more challenging as the number of EVs in Taiwan continues to rise. In particular, as a drastic surge in demand for recharging is foreseeable in the near future, the deployment of charging infrastructure will have to not only be sufficient in terms of numbers, but also be accessible to meet the needs and cater to the habits of most EV drivers. The workshop helped to demonstrate the problems that EV drivers face on daily basis with a view to finding solutions to develop a charging infrastructure that will meet future needs.