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Taiwan to build 60 battery exchange stations in green pilot project

Taiwan to build 60 battery exchange stations in green pilot project

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) The government is planning to build 60 battery exchange stations, starting next February, as part of a pilot project to encourage the use of green vehicles, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Stephen Shen said Wednesday. The stations will be built in New Taipei City in the north of the country and in Kaohsiung City in the south, he said. In northern Taiwan, the project will be managed by City Power Taiwan Co., which will receive a government subsidy of NT$45 million (US$1.48 million) to set up 30 battery exchange stations in the Banciao District and to provide 600 electric motorcycles free of charge for use by residents. In the south, 30 stations will be set up along the Kaohsiung Metro line, in industrial areas and in the Cijin area in the city. The goal is to provide service for 5,000 electric motorcycles, said Huang Chih-shu, general manager at Kentfa Advanced Technology Corp, which will manage the project in the south. Meanwhile, the company is in discussions with Taipei City, Pintung County, and Tainan City to set up more stations, Huang said. In June, the EPA promulgated the Electric Motorcycle Battery Swapping System Subsidy Regulations, under which a maximum subsidy of NT$1.5 million per station could be allocated to encourage companies around the country to set up battery stations, Shen said. (By Zoe Wei and Hanna Liu)


Updated : 2021-04-17 09:52 GMT+08:00