Lack of Charging Stations Restricting Vehicle Growth
Owners of new energy cars find a pressing problem is that it's hard to find charging stations in residential community. Image: 163.com
A lack of charging stations for electric vehicles in residential communities is now the biggest barrier for new energy cars to enter into Chinese markets. Shenzhen residents are finding it hard to charge their electric vehicles because there are no charging stations, or stations are often blocked by gas-powered cars.
Charging stations are more common to be found at bus terminals and the airport but are seldom seen in communities because many residential sites don’t have enough space to install them.
In order to get cars charged, residents have to leave work early, so that they can find parking spaces with charging station. Some electric car owners are using novel means to charge their cars, for example to hang a wire from their apartment to charge the car below.
Government encourage civil citizens to buy new energy cars and to install more charging stations, but property management companies say there''re no official documents requiring them to allocate spaces for electric cars. Image: sohu
According to policies released by Shenzhen municipal government, owners of electric cars should have access to free charging stations in residential communities.
Yang, the head of a property management company in a residential community in Longhua New Area, Shenzhen, said the city had published policies but the communities had not received official documents requiring them to allocate spaces for electric cars.
Some car manufactures are negotiating with shopping malls, office buildings and hotels to build charging stations.
The Chinese government has set a target of having 5 million alternative energy cars on its roads by 2020. Read article atszdaily