China's State Grid Corp. to install charging stations in Beijing

The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) has, within a short period of time, risen to become the world's largest electricity transmission and distribution company. Two years ago, the SGCC detailed its plans to install a nation-wide network of plug-in vehicle chargers. Well, that ambitious project hasn't exactly swept across the country yet, but SGCC will reportedly begin installing charging stations in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Hefei and Nanchang before the end of the year.
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:
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.
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.

[Source: People's Daily Online]

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