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China Plans to Install 3,000 Charging Piles at Highway Rest Stops Nationwide

China plans to add 3,000 charging piles at highway rest stops nationwide this year. The country already has 9.92 million charging piles, making it the world's largest charging infrastructure. China will prioritise the construction of roadside charging infrastructure and battery-swapping facilities for intercity transportation.

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This announcement was made by Li Chao, a spokesperson for the National Development and Reform Commission, during a press briefing on Tuesday. As of May this year, China already had an impressive 9.92 million charging piles in operation, marking a 56% increase compared to the previous year.


According to Li, China currently boasts the world's largest and most comprehensive charging infrastructure in terms of quantity, service coverage, and variety of charging piles. The decision to further enhance the charging infrastructure comes in response to the rapid growth of new energy vehicles in China.


Li stated that the country will prioritise the construction of roadside charging infrastructure and battery-swapping facilities for intercity transportation. In addition to the 3,000 charging piles, China also plans to add 5,000 charging parking lots this year. For urban transportation, China aims to promote the construction and upgrading of community charging facilities, aligning them with urban overhauls, old residential community renovation, and comprehensive community development projects.


In rural areas and counties, the government plans to increase support for charging infrastructure construction and establish demonstration counties and towns for charging infrastructure use and development. To improve the operation of the charging infrastructure, China will focus on technological breakthroughs in vehicle-internet interaction.


The country also aims to upgrade the power grid, implement peak-valley time-of-use tariffs for electricity, and provide increased support for land use and financing. In addition to expanding the charging infrastructure, China will accelerate the establishment of a national monitoring service platform for charging facilities and improve the search service for highway charging stations.

 
  • China plans to add 3,000 charging piles at highway rest stops nationwide this year.

  • The country already has 9.92 million charging piles, making it the world's largest charging infrastructure.

  • China will prioritise the construction of roadside charging infrastructure and battery-swapping facilities for intercity transportation.


Source: CGTN

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