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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.

歐洲在臺商務協會舉辦電動車體驗工作坊  凸顯台灣電動車的挑戰及機會


為了讓政府代表更加理解電動車駕駛充電時面臨的實際困難,活動期間特別安排與會者實際從台北市內湖區開車到新北市林口區,體驗在不同快充、慢充站點充電。此外,工作坊提供電動車業界和政府代表面對面討論的機會,研議電動車充電基礎建設發展之可行方向,為台灣的電動車未來做準備。參加的政府代表包括交通部: 路政司、運輸研究所,經濟部:工業局、能源局、標準檢驗局,環境保護署及內政部營建署。

此工作坊期望:1)讓政府理解電動車駕駛在充電時面臨的困境,例如尋找充電站位置以及在目的地找到可用的充電車位;2) 促進及同步政府各部會於制定充電基礎設施發展政策時應考量的關鍵因素;3)提供政府對業界解釋當前充電基礎設施開發計劃的平台,並鼓勵政府和業界之間的討論交流。