Recently, the Beijing municipal government released a document titled "Technical Specifications of Electricity Supply and Assurance for Electric Vehicle Charging Station." This lengthy report outlines China's plan to install charging stations in the cities of Hangtianqiao, Majialou, Xiaoying and Sihui. Though programs are in place to electrify dozens of Chinese cities, the reality is that many of the planned charging stations aren't likely to be built.
Liu Jin, a writer who covers the Chinese automotive industry for Ward's Auto, reports that sneaky business practices will hamper construction of many of the nation's planned charging stations, stating:
Wang Binggang, head of advisors to the National Clean Automobile Action Coordination Leading Group, agrees with Jin's assessment, adding:Analysts believe that some speculators might have been actively trying to get the construction contract from local governments first and later use the land for their other purposes if the government fails to follow up on the charge station projects.
Finding available land is China's bustling cities is rare and the opportunists who snatch up a plot and then sit on it are already restricting efforts to charge up the nation. In fact, Nissan, citing China's lack of an electric vehicle infrastructure and its non-existent charging standards, told Reuters that the launch date for its battery-powered Leaf in China remains unknown.Opportunists first publicize EVs and then acquire land under cover of building charging stations. The new energy vehicle industry will experience some serious setbacks at its early stage, and the governments should be alert to such malpractices and prevent them from happening.
[Source: Ward's Auto – sub. req., Reuters | Image: Jakob Montrasio - C.C. License 2.0]