By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said in a statement on Wednesday that it will keep pushing the development of domestic electric vehicle industry and try to reach the goal of having 10,000 electric buses on the road in the next 10 years.
The government has set forth regulations that require electric buses to pass six performance verification tests to be eligible for government subsidies, the MOEA said.
The tests are electromagnetic compatibility, electrical safety, climbing/hill-holing performance, high-speed cruise performance, cruising endurance performance, and residual capacity alerts, the ministry said.
Currently the performance of electric buses is very close to that of diesel buses and can meet the demand of most bus carriers, thus providing them with more choices, the statement says.
“The MOEA will keep pushing the development of domestic electric vehicle industry and relevant technology, and assist domestic manufacturers to enhance the local content rate (including car batteries, motor, charging stations, automotive electronics, and power management systems, etc.), to strengthen industrial competitiveness, implementing the goals of green industries as well as a low-carbon Taiwan,” the statement says. [SOURCE]