14 November 2011, Macao
In order to support the global green initiative and Macao government’s Green Drive policy, CEM and Car Parks Macao Ltd. have jointly set up the first e-bike charging station and the second public electric vehicle (EV) charging station at the Vasco da Gama Car Park to provide the charging service. Managing Director of Car Parks Macao Ltd. Fred Ma, Convener of the Monitoring Group of the Traffic Issues Kuok Keng Man, Transport Bureau Senior Technician Leong Cheok Lam, Chief Executive Officer of CEM Franklin Willemyns and Advisor to Executive Committee Iun Iok Meng visited the charging station during the first day of launch.
The first public EV charging station of CEM and Car Parks Macao Ltd. is located at Park Lane Car Park. While there is government department purchasing EVs, CEM expects the usage of the EV charging stations will increase following the number of EV grows. While both companies are serving the local community responsible, they strive to contribute in area of environmental protection as part of their corporate responsibilities.
In order to facilitate the identification of EV charging station location, CEM specially set up eye-catching green EV signage and backdrop inside the car park. The charging procedure of EV is simple. Drivers are only required to park the EV at the specific location, contact the car park cashier to gain access to the charging facility, plug it into the charging socket and then start charging. Finally, after charging is complete, contact the car park cashier to gain access to the charging facility and unplug the charging socket.
Among different types of Green Vehicles, the zero-emission pure electric vehicle is the most environmental-friendly one. The driver’s operation of the EV is generally the same as with ordinary vehicles. EV uses an electric motor, which runs extremely quietly with a maximum speed of up to 130km/hr. It can run 160 kilometers each time it has been fully charged. The vehicle can be charged using common electrical power socket (230V, 13A). Each normal charge takes seven to eight hours to get fully charged. For fast charging, it will take just 30 minutes to charge 80% of the total capacity with three-phase power socket (400V). Compared with gasoline-powered vehicle, the cost of electricity that EV consumes is only 1/3 of the cost of gasoline, about MOP16 cents per km.