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Recently, a slew of reports have surfaced suggesting that many of China's automakers are scaling back development of alternative energy vehicles. Specifically, reports indicate that weak consumer interest is forcing Chinese automakers to ditch plans to manufacture electric vehicles. With that in mind, it's surprising, at least to some degree, to stumble upon news indicating that China is forging forward with plans to install perhaps millions of plug-in vehicle charging stations within the next d

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.

Siemens AG, Europe's largest engineering company, is reportedly close to inking an electric vehicle infrastructure deal with an undisclosed city in China. The engineering firm is said to be in talks with several Chinese cities – including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing – and is aiming to supply at least one of the aforementioned cities with customized charging stations.