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Taiwan Leads the Charge for Electric Car Revolution
   2015-04-11 12:54:42    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xie Cheng

Electric car "Achensa" produced by Pihsiang Electric Vehicle Company. [Photo: baidu]

The latest model electric cars at the Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show in Taipei are getting lots of attention from the show's many visitors.

CRI's Sophie Williams has more.

 

One of the latest models, the "Achensa" from Pihsiang Electric Vehicle Company, has one-seater, two-seater and four-seater variants, all of which have passed rigorous European Union safety tests.

The Company is one of the leading producers of lithium iron phosphate batteries.

Achensa's two-seater version can be fully charged in less than two hours.

The car has a driving range up to 80 kilometres with a maximum speed of 50 kilometres per hour.

The performance and range make the car ideal for urban traffic.

Donald Pihsiang Wu is CEO of the Pihsiang Electric Vehicle Company.

"So far, this unit is being used mostly around the city, neighbourhood driving, although we have to go through all kinds of testing, the European toughest testing and we have gone through every one of that testing (those tests)."

But Electric cars will only become widespread if they can be charged quickly and conveniently.

Phihong technology, a manufacturer of power supply products in Taiwan, is launching EV chargers that can be installed in public spaces.

The chargers have a high power output that will allow cars to be fully charged much more quickly than traditional charging units.

The stations are equipped with electronic card readers and touch screens to make it even easier to use.

Phihong's Vice President, Steve Chen, says the company has larger charging stations for public use and also smaller stations for home use.

"All of these models, DC chargers or these charging stations from the biggest models that provide 140 kilowatts to 80 kilowatts, to models for AC chargers, charging stations for electric tricycles, motorcycles, and bicycles, all of these are to help promote green energy and save the environment, to reduce pollutions, to save energy and reduce carbon emissions."

Insiders attending the exhibition also predict that although at the moment a wireless charging station is still under development but in the future the wireless charger will be the power solution of the future.

The Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show will wrap up later today.

For CRI, I'm Sophie Williams.

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