HANGZHOU, Zhejiang – The first four charging and battery swapping stations in Yuhang District of Hangzhou were completed and are about to be put in use, reported local newspapers.
The district was included in the city’s overall charging infrastructure construction plan in 2011. The first four charging stations can provide battery swapping service for 420 EVs on a daily basis.
The EV charging infrastructure matters most to the development of electric vehicle rental business, said a local official with electricity bureau.
The city so far has more than 1,000 electric cars on road. By June 2012 Hangzhou had constructed 5 charging stations, 62 battery swapping and delivery stations, and 620 charging poles.
The city is planning to lease 20,000 electric vehicles in two years with the monthly rental set below ¥1,000 ($157).
The leasing project will be using the two-seater electric cars made by Zhejiang Kandi Vehicles Co., a local manufacturer of special-purpose vehicles.
These electric cars are powered by Li-ion batteries which can ensure a range of 100 km. Top speed is 70 km/h. The Kandi EV is priced at ¥90,000. Since Hangzhou is one of China’s five pilot cities that can enjoy purchase subsidy of ¥60,000, the average cost for each car is ¥30,000.