BEIJING – China’s State Grid plans to establish an electric vehicle (EV) network of 120,000 public charging piles for electric cars by 2020.
The network will cover the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei-Shandong and Yangtze River Delta cities, and major cities in other regions, the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) said Monday.
In 2017, the State Grid EV Service Company installed charging piles in 10,000 parking spots in some old residential communities in Beijing and Shanghai, according to Jiang Bing, chairman of the company.
“Starting 2020, electric cars are likely to go beyond their nature as vehicles, and become a basic unit of the energy system,” said Jiang.
SGCC aims to make intercity travel smoother for electric vehicles in China, with 3 million charging piles connected to its intelligent-vehicle online platform, according Jiang.
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