China plans for more charging stations for electric cars

15:36, January 08, 2011      

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State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) plans to build more electric charging stations in Beijing and several other cities this year to meet rising demand for electric vehicles, a Beijing newspapers reported Saturday.

The country's dominant electric power transmission company will build a network of charging stations in Beijing, Tianjin, Hefei and Nanchang this year, the Beijing News quoted SGCC general manager Liu Zhenya as saying.

The major service of the stations will be providing batteries that are already recharged, Liu said at the company's annual work meeting in Beijing.

"On average, oil-powered car owners spend 70 yuan (10.6 U.S. dollars) on fuel cost for driving 100 kilometers at present. But a user of battery-powered auto just needs to pay 20 yuan for the same journey," Liu said.

He said the batteries will be mostly charged at night, and used batteries will be recycled by SGCC.

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