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Charging stations for electric vehicles spread across China

By Liu Zhihua | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-07-11 17:20
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Charging piles are seen in Xiongan New Area in Hebei province, April 29, 2018. [Photo/VCG]

Charging infrastructure in China for electric vehicles reported fast growth in June, statistics from the China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance has shown.

By the end of June, charging piles for EV in China totaled more than 1 million units, with a year-on-year growth of 69.3 percent, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Public charging piles in China totaled 412,000 by the end of June, while the number of private charging piles stood at 591,000.

Among the public charging piles, 236,000 are alternate-current (AC) charging piles, 175,000 are direct-current fast charging piles, and about 500 use both of the charging technologies.

A total of 10,926 public charging piles were built in June, and 11,656 public charging piles were built on average each month from June 2018 to last month, which resulted in an overall growth of 51.5 percent year on year.

The top 10 provinces or municipalities with the highest numbers of public charging facilities – Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Jiangsu, Guangdong, Shandong, Zhejiang, Hebei, Anhui and Hubei provinces – have 75.3 percent of all public charging piles.

A McKinsey report last year predicted public charging will dominate and increase in importance over time in China, going from 55 to 60 percent in 2020 to approximately 80 percent by 2030.

The structural limitations of highly dense urban cities, which have larger proportions of on-street and large-commercial-garage parking, are the catalysts for increased public-charging demand, the report said.

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