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China: Scooter subsidy guidelines

As a champion of green energy, President Ma Ying-jeou has spoken many times about his determination to cut carbon emissions. Just like many countries around the world, Taiwan has implemented policies to subsidize renewable energy to make a greener island while opening green business opportunities.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) was given the responsibility of pushing the development of electric scooters. As a result, the ministry made implementation guidelines for Taiwan Electric Scooter (TES) subsidies. The guidelines, however, do not live up to their purpose of assisting the development of scooters relying on renewable energy, and to some extent twist the market instead.

In the guidelines, the MOEA defines TES as scooters using lithium batteries. Companies producing scooters powered by any other energy source are therefore excluded from the subsidies.

According to the government, the reason to define TES in this way is to exclude the u


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