The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
CEO Eric Cheng
- Hong Kong
I have been interested in science and technology since I was a child. I used to disassemble items at home and then re-assemble them. As I grew older, I bought electronic components, designed electronic circuitry and actually made things. However, I was never able to narrow down a research subject, and thus deciding on a research theme was my challenge.
Upon graduation from university, I began working for a company in Britain. I was in a department making cars and airplanes and my interest in manufacturing grew big. I came back to Hong Kong and continued research on electrical engineering. As a professor, I was then working for an expert on electric vehicles and I decided to research such vehicles. I finally found my research theme, but there were no examples I could refer to on electric vehicles in Hong Kong. My research started from scratch. Everything was a challenge.
Our research had many problems in charging the battery. We needed to take extra care of the electric current, small devices and other details. Normal research institutes would consider it a success to make a machine and make it work, but we are different. We check many details such as operability, durability and other points before we release a product to the market.
We have developed, manufactured and sold “tanker” two-seater cars, but we would like to make four-seater cars and others with more power. We would also like to establish our brand not only in Hong Kong but also in China, Japan and all over Asia.
- The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Hong Kong
- Developing, manufacturing and selling electric vehicles