China’s Largest Electric Car Charging Station Opens in Beijing

Published on January 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China's Largest Electric Car Charging Station

China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping station has been put into operation in Beijing, sources with the city’s power supply authorities said Sunday.

Gaoantun charging station, located in the eastern Beijing district of Chaoyang, has been installed with more than 10 types of EV charging or battery swapping machines, covering all charging modes that are available in China.

The station can charge up to eight vehicles simultaneously and it takes only four to six minutes to swap a battery of an EV.

The charging station has been verified by experts from Beijing New Energy Vehicle Association.

Beijing is striving to build a new energy vehicle grid as part of the nation’s plan to usher in more energy-saving and environmentally friendly vehicles.

Beijing hopes to build a three-level EV charging and battery swapping network that consists of six large-scale concentrated charging stations, 250 charging and battery swapping stations and 210 small-sized delivery stations by the end of 2015.

So far, Beijing has completed construction of 12 charging and battery swapping stations and 274 charging posts.

Beijing was chosen as one of the 25 pilot cities in China for the utilization of new-energy vehicles.

China plans to have more than 500,000 electric, hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles on the road by 2015 and 5 million by 2020.

Via: CRI.


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  1. marco- January 30, 2012 Reply

    i would like to know how many EV has been sold in China in the year 2011.
    There is any information about the numbers for the different models ?
    wait for your valuable answer
    Marco Loglio

  2. Marco Loglio- January 31, 2012 Reply

    Can i know which street legal electric vehicle in China has a battery swap system ? there is any national standard for the battery swap system ?

  3. Tycho de Feyter- January 31, 2012 Reply

    @ Marco.

    The only EV that is on the market is the BYD e6. They so far didn’t sell more than a few hundred.

    There are no street legal vehicles with a battery swap system, the ‘largest station’ is for now purely experimental.

    There is no national standard for battery swap systems but the Chinese government is working on that.

  4. Jos- February 1, 2012 Reply

    In Shenzhen there are about 200 electric taxis that are used in the inner city. I have been told they use a battery swap system too although this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKMIyjrptdE movie shows the cars to be charged.

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