Once installed, the charging stations will serve a secondary function of providing SGCC with real-world test data to assess. The electricity provider hopes to iron out some of the bumps and eventually get the government's approval to forge ahead with charger installs throughout the rest of the country.
The Beijing News quotes SGCC general manager, Liu Zhenya as claiming that:
While operating a plug-in vehicle in China is substantially less expensive than driving a comparable gasoline-fueled car, let's not forget that a battery-powered auto typically costs more to buy in the first place.On average, oil-powered car owners spend 70 yuan [$10.60 U.S. at the current exchange rate] on fuel cost for driving 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) at present. But a user of battery-powered auto just needs to pay 20 yuan [$3.02 U.S.] for the same journey.
[Source: People's Daily Online]