Chief Secretary for Administration,
In December of 2018 the government replied to questions raised by the honourable Jeremy Tam regarding the progress the government has made with the introduction of electric buses. In summary, the government announced in 2010 their ultimate policy objective of having zero emission buses running across the country, yet at the start of 2018 only 24 out of 6000 buses operated by franchises were electric. The government attributed the lack of progress to technical issues such as the lack of charging stations, steep uphills that would stress the batteries and lack of battery capacity.
Given the urgent need to clean up the environment in Hong Kong, we would request the government consider more radical proposals such as imposing a hard deadline on private operators to switch to electric vehicles and more aggressive use of subsidies to achieve this outcome. If the battery technology is not yet ready for double deckers, perhaps the government could consider introducing this such initiative to the green and red mini buses. We would certainly be prepared to approach the board of our school and other schools to explore the idea of using bus services that provide electric school buses.
We are grade 9 students concerned about the future of Hong Kong and we look forward to hearing from you.