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State Grid to build 120,000 charging poles by 2020

BEIJING – State Grid Corp. plans to build 120,000 charging poles and 10,000 charging stations for electric vehicles by 2020 to meet increasing demand for EV charging, according to Shu Yinbiao, chairman of China’s largest power grid operator.

Shu made the comments at the 2016 China Electric Vehicle Charging Service Innovation Summit held in Beijing on December 11.

“State Grid has already set up an expressway fast charging network covering 11,000 km spanning major cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei-Shandong corridor and the Yangtze River Delta region,” said Shu. “That will increase to 36,000 km during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.”

According to data from the National Energy Administration, China had 107,000 charging poles by the end of October, up 118 percent from the same period a year ago. There are now over 170,000 private charging poles across China.

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