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In Bid To Spur Electric Hybrid Sales, China to Invest 1 Billion Yuan Into Charging Networks

Lack of personal garages or places to charge an electric car is seen as major impediment to public adoption of plug-in vehicles.

Published: 19-Dec-2014

China’s ambitious plan to lower pollution by adopting five million electric cars is running into a problem -- a lack of charging stations.

Eddy Wu, a Shanghai resident, bought a plug-in hybrid because the car was eco-friendly, subsidized by the government and exempt from license-plate fees. Now he runs it mostly on gasoline, the electric capabilities largely wasted.

His apartment complex and office won’t let him charge the BYD Co. (1211) vehicle in their parking lots, saying it poses a fire risk. Using the nearest public charging station means driving 5 kilometers (3 miles) and paying cash. With gas prices expected to tumble with the almost 40 percent plunge in crude-oil since June, there will even less incentive to charge his Qin sedan.


Chargepoint charging station at Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex, Vermont costs $5 per charge.

A 30-minute Level 3 quick charge in Middlesex, Vermont, between Boston and Montreal, will cost $5, a rate comparable to $1 a gallon of gasoline.

Chargepoint charging stations in front of McDonalds fast food restaurant.

ChargePoint now has more than 18,000 public charging stations in the US compared to Starbucks, McDonalds, and 7-Eleven stores

Frauhofer Institute EV equipped with wireless Integrated Systems and Device Technology.

Called 'vertical docking', IISB's nose-mounted coils are significantly smaller as well as being less susceptible to interference.


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