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China’s to spend $16 billion in charging infrastructure


LONDON (GlobalData) — “China has proposed investing approximately $16 billion into its Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, with the aim of stimulating substantial growth in EV sales as the country seeks to cut its carbon emissions,” says Sowmyavadhana Srinivasan, GlobalData’s analyst covering Power.

“China has over 70,000 EVs on the road already, and plans to increase this number to five million EVs and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles by 2020. Strategic planning and the country-wide installation of Direct Current and level-2 chargers will play a key role in achieving this target, while also encouraging motorists to buy battery EVs in addition to hybrids,” Srinivasan says.

The analyst believes that “road charging infrastructure will be improved mostly by investment in level-3 charging infrastructure. Coupled with BYD-Daimler New Technology Co. and ABB’s affordable residential level-3 charger, which was released in China earlier this year for the Denza EV, this will help boost the installation of these chargers in the country.”

Srinivasan says that China is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other country. It is likely to start limiting its carbon emissions in 2016, as part of its 13th Five-Year Olan. China already has a cap on emission intensity and depends on imports to fulfill its energy requirements.

“The government has also been investing heavily in green energy in an attempt to curtail emissions and limit China’s dependency on fossil fuels, which has been increasing annually,” Srinivasan says. As part of this effort, the country has been encouraging the adoption of EVs to reduce emissions from the transport sector since 2001.

“However, China’s EV market is still in a nascent stage and EVs account for a negligible share of vehicles on the road. Developed countries, such as the Netherlands, Estonia and many other EU countries, have so far achieved a higher EV penetration than China.” (Reprinted from GlobalData)

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