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China’s EV Charging Infrastructure in Need of Jumpstart

Shared electric vehicles charge next to a Beijing temple on Jan. 16. “Nationwide, the average usage rate for electric chargers is 15%,” said Xu Yanhua, chairman of the Charging Infrastructure Alliance, a government think tank. That would mean a charger was being utilized for only 15% of a given 24-hour period. Photo: Visual China
Shared electric vehicles charge next to a Beijing temple on Jan. 16. “Nationwide, the average usage rate for electric chargers is 15%,” said Xu Yanhua, chairman of the Charging Infrastructure Alliance, a government think tank. That would mean a charger was being utilized for only 15% of a given 24-hour period. Photo: Visual China

Driven by years of government subsidies, China has become the world’s largest market for electric vehicles (EVs). But a lack of infrastructure and the inefficiency of the existing network of charging stations could hinder further development of the emerging sector.

In 2015, economic planners rolled out a proposal to install a total of 4.8 million EV charging ports, known as “piles,” across China by 2020, when it was expected that the country would have around 5 million EVs on its roads.

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