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ECCT hosts forum on Taiwan's EV transition

ECCT hosts forum on Taiwan's EV transition

The European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) hosted the 2021 International Electric Vehicle Forum to discuss feasible solutions to make Taiwan's transition to electric vehicles a smooth one. Arranged by the ECCT's Mobility committee in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), and the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO), the forum brought together policy makers and industry experts from Taiwan, Europe, and Asia. The forum began with opening remarks by guests of honour Lin Chuan-neng, Vice Minister, MOEA; Thomas Juergensen, Head of Trade Section, EETO; Tsai Hung-the, Deputy Minister, EPA, and Chen Yen-po, Political Deputy Minister, MOTC. This was followed by presentations by officials and experts in three sessions on the topics: 1) Charging standards and facilities, 2) Charging infrastructure & power management, 3) EV ecosystems and supply chains. In addition to presentations by industry experts, Lee Chun-li, Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Energy and Hsieh Han-chang, Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, under the MOEA took part in the morning panel discussion.

During the forum, speakers and panellists discussed relevant initiatives currently undertaken and challenges faced in Taiwan, aimed at increasing awareness and understanding among major stakeholders in Taiwan of crucial elements that should be considered during the process of forming EV development policies.

2020 marks a pivotal year for the electrification of mass market transportation. Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, the global development in vehicle electrification is accelerating. More than 20 countries have already announced targets for electrification or phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, and eight countries plus the European Union have announced net-zero pledges. In addition, 18 of the 20 largest OEMs have committed to increase the offer and sales of EVs. Meanwhile, electric car registrations increased in major markets in 2020 despite the pandemic, taking the number of electric cars on the world's roads to more than 10 million.

Taiwan's ICT and automotive industries have also demonstrated ambitions to embrace the new trend to spearhead a new crucial role of Taiwan in the global e-mobility supply chain. However, there are many questions to be answered as to how Taiwan is to meet its EV goals and prepare industries for this transformation. In particular, without sufficient charging infrastructure, consumers will hesitate to go electric while charging providers may be reluctant to invest without government support.

During the forum speakers stressed the need for a master plan for charging infrastructure development, changes to regulations to allow the installation of charging stations on public land and to give apartment owners the right to install charging facilities. In addition, subsidies and other incentives will be needed to spur private investment in charging infrastructure as well as to spur consumers to purchase EVs.

Please refer to the event website at the following link for the detailed agenda and speaker information: