China Charges its Electric Vehicles Drive, Infrastructural Planning Begins

Published By : 30 Nov 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Since 2010, Beijing has been wanting to transform China into the largest market in the world for electrified vehicles. However, beyond the generous incentives for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, until recently it was unclear how the central planners in China would formulate the plans to carry out the ambitious goals. 

Recently, the National Development and reform Commission issued a five-year plan that states the plan for expansion of the nation’s battery-charging network. Since the sales of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles depend on the charging stations, the documentation is a roadmap the way the central economic planners in China will cultivate that market.

By the end of 2014, there were 780 charging stations and charging poles that totaled 31,000 in China. By 2020, the government has plans to add 12,100 charging stations and another 4.8 million charging poles. The objective is enormous, with China being a big country. To build a lot of charging stations is not enough in China, it is also about building in the right locations. 

Beijing wants that more than half of the new charging facilities, which includes at least 2.5 million poles for charging and 7,400 charging stations to be constructed in 12 coastal provinces and municipalities that are most densely populated. Thus, Beijing and Shanghai will receive the lion’s share.

In addition to this, 2.2 million charging poles and 4,300 charging stations are planned for 13 provinces and Chongqing, which is a megacity in the central, north, and southwest regions of the country.

The remaining of the 100, 000 charging poles and 400 charging stations are planned to be installed in the capitals of five provinces that are remotely located and sparsely populated and the minority regions of northwest and southwest China. This would include Tibet and Xinjiang. The first priority of the planner is to build 8,800 charging stations for fleets of electric buses, mail vans, taxis, and garbage trucks in China.

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