The promotion of electric vehicles (EV) is an emphasis of zero-emission policies around the world. With the growing popularity of EVs, the need for charging stations is on the rise. While we can see a growing number of charging stations at places such as parking lots, convenient stores, and big box retailers, there is also an increase in accidents related to charging station – cable line fires, battery-induced overcharge problems, and more.
To strengthen public safety while ensuring the continued expansion of EV charging stations, the Department of Economic Development drafted the “For-profit Electric Vehicle Battery Charge and Exchange Station Guidelines” after consulting and conducting opinion exchanges with related businesses. The document covers aspects including the need to acquire a license before establishing a station, obtain public liability insurance, and set schedules for routine maintenance and checkups.
It also calls upon operators to plan large-scale EV charging stations for separate districts to avoid the situation where individual buildings and communities race to set up their own recharging stations.
The city government expects to cut Taipei City’s carbon emission by a total of 977,600 tons between 2021 and 2025. For its share, the Department of Economic Development is responsible for reducing 272,100 tons of carbon emission. The agency plans to tackle the issue from three aspects: promoting energy conservation among businesses, installing more rooftop solar panels, and boosting the purchase of green power by major power consumers across various industries.