Date
22 October 2017
A Chery electric car is charged at a charging station in Dalian, Liaoning province. Photo: Reuters
A Chery electric car is charged at a charging station in Dalian, Liaoning province. Photo: Reuters

China to hasten roll-out of car-charging network

China wants to speed up construction of a national network to charge electric cars, national news agency Xinhua said Sunday, citing a senior energy official.

The country hopes to reach an ambitious goal of five million green vehicles on its roads by 2020, Reuters reported.

A shortage of charging facilities has long been a roadblock to sales by makers of electric cars, from domestic firm BYD Co. Ltd. to US rival Tesla Motors.

It has also been an obstacle to government plans to rein in high levels of pollution.

China has made some progress on its car-charging infrastructure, but its approach has lacked coordination, National Energy Administration deputy head Zheng Zhajie said.

“It’s like with phone chargers — it’s a bit all over the place,” he told Xinhua.

“Everyone has a pile of different chargers and a pile of batteries. Now we’re trying to improve things, moving toward unifying and standardizing.”

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