The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) has quickly risen in a few short years to become the largest electricity transmission and distribution company in the world and plans to create a nation-wide electric-vehicle charging network. They had previously set up the infrastructure to charge the 55 lithium ion buses and over 400 other electric vehicles
that served the athletes and staff of the Olympic Games. The ambitious company has now directed its subsidiaries to "speed up" the installation of charging stations in Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and other cities that will serve as pilot programs. Once the bumps are smoothed out and the official "OK" is given, the plan is to forge ahead with the rest of the country.
That should be good news for the equally ambitious Chinese auto maker BYD Auto
, which has plans to soon begin selling its plug-in hybrids and electric cars
as well as abroad
. China's Minister of Science and Technology, Wan Gang, who is said to be an "expert" on electric cars
expects 1,000,000 "new-energy vehicles," mostly comprised of electric cars, to be cruising the highways and byways of the nation and comprise as much as 10 percent of car sales as early as 2012. Sounds great! Now, what's our plan?