Hong Kong's CLP Holdings and telecommunications provider HKT have formed an equal joint venture, Smart Charge (HK), to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions in Hong Kong.
Smart Charge will leverage a blend of expertise on technology know-hows and customer management in providing EV users with one-stop EV charging solutions, according to a joint press release on 22 August 2016.
Two main types of services will be offered, the first of which is the residential and office private charging services. Smart Charge will engage with property developers' Building Management Office and Incorporated Owners' Committee to pre-install electrical infrastructure in residential and office car parks. Customers can choose their service plans according to their vehicle use pattern, and an EV charger will be installed at the car park space of customers.
The second one is a public charging network. Smart Charge will develop a network coverage in public areas to offer EV charging services for EV users.
"By giving full play to CLP's professional knowledge and expertise in power engineering and asset management, we also see this joint venture a great opportunity to meet the increasingly strong demand for EV charging solutions," said Alex Arena, Group Managing Director of HKT.
"We see [great potential] in developing electricity charging services to meet a real need for the increasing popularity of EVs, (and) we believe a robust and efficient charging network will make significant contribution towards making Hong Kong a greener and smarter city," said Richard Lancaster, CEO of CLP Holdings.
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