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Chunghwa Post going green, launching electric scooters

2018/01/15 15:01:05

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) Chunghwa Post Co., Taiwan's national postal service, officially put 1,627 electric scooters into service Monday as part of a company plan to phase out its entire fleet of nearly 9,000 gasoline-powered motorcycles by 2023.

In line with the Cabinet's new air pollution control action plan, the state-run company last year began planning to gradually phase out its gasoline-powered motorcycles and replace them with electric ones, said Deputy Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國財).

The air pollution control action plan, unveiled last year, lays out several targets: cut in half the number of air quality red alert days by 2019, replace all public vehicles with electric-powered ones by 2030, and require all scooters and cars to go electric by 2035 and 2040, respectively.

Chunghwa Post has initially rented 1,000 and bought 627 electric scooters for its delivery workers and will fully replace all its 8,946 gasoline-powered motorcycles with electric ones by 2023, about 12 years earlier than the government's scheduled 2035 for a full ban on sale of gasoline-powered motorcycles, according to the company.

The 1,627 electric scooters will be used in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Kaohsiung, and in Yilan County and offshore Penghu County.

Later this year, Chunghwa Post will buy 600 new electric scooters for the use of delivery workers in Taichung, Tainan and Hsinchu.

The duration of the rental contract is five years, and the rent of each electric scooter for five years is NT$148,000 (US$5,015), while the company bought the electric scooters at NT$103,000 each, according to data provided by the company.

The company plans to allocate NT$650 million over the next six years for phasing out all its gasoline-powered motorcycles, according to the data.

Chunghwa Post said the change is expected to dramatically reduce the company's carbon dioxide emissions.

In addition, the company is also considering replacing all its 2,200 gasoline-powered delivery vehicles with electric ones in the future, it added.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao)