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Increasing charging points would boost NEVs

MORE charging facilities are needed across the country for new energy vehicles, Zhang Zhaoan proposed at the 13th National People’s Congress.

The Shanghai deputy to the NPC is vice president of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

In 2019, 1.21 million new-energy vehicles were sold in China, accounting for 4.68 percent of total vehicle sales of 25.77 million.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has set a goal that by 2025, new energy vehicles will account for around 25 percent of new car sales.

A survey by German consulting firm Roland Berger found the top three reasons consumers were reluctant to buy electric vehicles in China are high prices, inadequate charging infrastructure and battery life.

The firm said 73 percent of consumers expressed concern about the lack of charging facilities.

And 53 percent had “mileage anxiety.”

Zhang said improving charging infrastructure was vital.

He said that there are several aspects to boost the development of charging infrastructure.

He said the efficiency and profitability of charging facilities should be increased and more high-power charging points should be installed.

Zhang proposed promoting battery swap development and standards and subsidizing NEV infrastructure, such as charging and battery swap facilities.

He also suggested enhancing the awareness of new energy vehicles and increasing publicity.

China is already the world’s largest NEV market since 2017 and a major manufacturer.


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