China wants to make travel across their country easier for electric vehicle owners. Representatives from the State Grid Corporation of China has announced recently that they want to create a network of over 120,000 public charging stations for EVs by 2020.
The network is going to cover the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei-Shandong and Yangtze River Delta cities and major cities in other regions according to the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)
According to Jiang Bing, the chairman of the company, the State Grid EV Service Company installed charging piles in 10,000 parking spots in several old residential communities in Beijing and Shanghai last 2017.
“Starting 2020, electric cars are likely to go beyond their nature as vehicles, and become a basic unit of the energy system,” Jiang said.
SGCC wants to make intercity travel smoother for electric vehicles in their country, with 3 million charging piles that are connected to its intelligent-vehicle online platform, according to Jiang.
The online platform is connected with 19 pile operators which include China Southern Power Grid, Qingdao Teld New Energy, China Potevio, Start Charge and Shenzhen Clou Electronics, with 170,000 charging piles that are connected and over 800,000 users.
Jiang said that this kind of platform explores the energy storage value of electric cars by enabling them to be charged at the proper time and location, and will help promote green development through a smarter and safer power grid.
Source: Economist’s Pick
Today, China is known to be the world’s largest new energy auto industry. The country has been able to sell more the 490,000 new energy cars in its first 11 months of 2017, and the sales are expected to exceed 577,000 units in the whole year, according to the statistics by EV-volumes, an electric vehicles sales database.
For many years China has been struggling with the image of having one of the highest pollution rates in history. But with their current efforts in renewable energy and taking the lead in electric vehicles, many leaders hope that China could become a global innovator in reducing carbon emissions in the transportation industry.