Beijing to increase charging points for electric cars

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Beijing now has over 560 charging-points for electric cars, according to a recent statement by the Beijing municipal Science & Technology Commission (STC).

Beijing to increase charging points for electric cars

Beijing to increase charging points for electric cars 

Drivers are also able to locate the closest charging-point to them, and make appointments via smart phone apps. More than 1,000 new quick charging-points will spring-up across the Chinese capital, especially close to the airports, train stations, public parking lots as well as high-way public service areas by the end of this year, The Beijing News reported.

The number of electric car owners in the city has increased rapidly in a short time. Almost a 1,000 license plates for new energy vehicles were issued so far this year, bringing up the total number of electric vehicles on Beijing roads to 2000.

Converting street lamps into charging-posts?

According to the Beijing News, some districts in Beijing including Changping, Yizhuang as well as Haidian have put forward a pilot program for converting ordinary streetlamps into charging posts for electric vehicles.

Statistics show that there are more than 200,000 high voltage sodium lamps in the city's six major districts, and these account for over 80 percent of the city's streetlamps.

If all of the sodium lamps are substituted by LED and 15% of them are installed the direct current charging posts, Beijing will increase more than 30 thousand charging points.

This will make it more convenient to use electric cars. According to this new plan, the street lamp cum charging post can also be made into a WIFI hot spot, allowing car owners to browse the internet, while charging their vehicles.

Currently, the program is in its preparatory stage and will probably be launched later this year.

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