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MOEA sets target to add 37,000 electric motorcycles in 4 years

MOEA sets target to add 37,000 electric motorcycles in 4 years

Taipei, March 28 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has set a goal of pushing for a four-year plan to increase the number of electric motorcycles used in Taiwan by 37,000 units over the 2014-2017 period as part of the government's efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. According to the MOEA, about 14 million motorcycles are currently in use in Taiwan, which translates into a ratio of 1.8 motorcycles per family. The high density of motorcycles has become one of the major carbon dioxide emission sources in Taiwan, the ministry said. That partly explains why only about half of the number of days each year are considered good air quality days in Taiwan, with the remainder not being bad, but just average air quality days. To improve the air quality in the country, the MOEA said that the Executive Yuan has been implementing a plan since 2009 to encourage riders to replace their gasoline-powered motorcycles with electric models. As of the end of last year, Taiwan had 31,337 electric motorcycles on the road, up from only 27 seen in 2009. The ministry said that while more and more individual commuters have used motorcycles for daily transportation purposes, the eco-friendly vehicles have become part of a means of transportation for several industries, such as door-to-door delivery services providers, post offices and tourism in outlying islands. The MOEA took outlying Penghu archipelago, which is one of the popular destinations for tourists, as an example, saying that the island chain added 3,430 new motorcycles during the 2011-2013 period, which meant that one out of every two newly registered motorcycles in Penghu was an electric model. The ministry said that the current popular motorcycles are 50 c.c. and 80 c.c. models which are largely used by elderly motorists or by the tourism industry in the country's outlying islands, like Penghu. In the future, the ministry said, it will encourage the motorcycle manufacturing industry to develop larger-sized models between 100 c.c. and 125 c.c. to help electric motorcycle makers enter the mainstream market to boost the use of the energy-efficient vehicles. The MOEA said that with the local electric motorcycle business booming, Taiwan has an ambition to transform itself into a global hub for developing electric motorcycles and related components. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-21 01:18 GMT+08:00