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China opens its largest E-car recharging station

By Hao Yan (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2010-06-24 16:48
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China's largest recharging station, which can handle 45 electric vehicles, opened Wednesday in Linyi city in Shandong province, National Business Daily reported.

The recharging station in Linyi city, operated by the State Grid Corp of China, can recharge 15 electric cars and 30 electric buses at the same time. Its total capacity is up to 3,200 kilovolt-amperes, and it's equipped with 15 alternating current rechargers and 30 direct current rechargers.

The Linyi recharging station is State Grid's seventh recharging station, and the company plans to open another 75 recharging stations this year.

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Recharging stations are fundamental to promote electric vehicles, but the country should prevent redundant construction, Yu Datai, a professor at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, told the newspaper. Yu also called for an industrial standard.

State Grid is a State-owned enterprise building and operating power grids and supplying electric power.

China Southern Power Grid Co Ltd opened two recharging stations in Shenzhen in December last year. They are capable of recharging a total of 18 vehicles at the same time.