According to CCTV News, China is experiencing power outages and brownouts in numerous areas because of increased power consumption as the heatwave persists. Electric vehicle (EV) charging has become troublesome in these locations.

China’s State Grid is promoting off-peak charging to address this issue, as the grid load would rise by 2 million kilowatts if charging is concentrated during peak hours. Energy consumption peaks from 15:00 to 22:00 due to historic high temperatures. 

The pilot project has added 350,000 electric vehicle charging stations in Chongqing, Zhejiang, and Hubei provinces and cities. 

At the same time, State Grid will also issue a 50% discount coupon for charging service fees through the cell phone charging client to guide EV owners to charge at off-peak hours, such as at night. China currently has almost 9 million new energy vehicles, of which over 7 million are all-electric vehicles. 

According to previous experience, Wu Lijuan, a Hubei-based commentator on current events, stated on Friday, August 19, that China’s State Grid has introduced 350,000 electric vehicle charging stations, which may not be sufficient to meet the needs of EV owners.

She asserted that there is likely an incomplete plan for increasing the number of EVs that are battery charged. Before charging the car, an owner must pay a nearly $44 (300 yuan) deposit. The person can charge it at the charging station only after paying the deposit. If the charge fails, owners won’t get their money back.

The three provinces and cities participating in off-peak charging have roughly 800,000 EVs, according to Qu Xianjun, deputy general manager of the State Grid Smart Vehicle Networking Technology Company. 

According to reports, avoiding peak charging times and lowering the charging power would effectively lengthen the charging duration. Up to 5 or 6 minutes will be added to one charge. The State Grid will provide a specific discount on the charging service price.

According to data, there are more than 10 million EVs in China, and each one is comparable to a small mobile energy storage power station. The scope functions as the “power sponge” for EVs, maintaining the stability of the power grid and ensuring a safe supply of electricity.

China currently has about 9 million new energy vehicles (NEVs) on the road, representing almost 3% of all automobiles. Over 7 million all-electric vehicles are among them, making up about 81% of all NEVs.

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