China’s first light storage charging station for electric cars opens in Shanghai

The Chinese electric car market is already the world’s largest, with sales this year estimated to eclipse the rest of the world combined. Yet, according to the New York Times “Nearly three-quarters of China’s power comes from coal, which emits more climate-changing gases than oil. Even on electricity, China’s cars are still burning dirty.”

The most formidable obstacle to the electrical vehicle revolution in China will be creating a viable nation-wide charging infrastructure.In October 2015, China announced plans to establish a nationwide charging-station network accommodating 5 million NEVs by 2020.

In October of 2017, Shanghai’s first “light storage” charging station — powered by photovoltaic panels, capable of charging cars in less than an hour, with all surplus generated electricity channeled into the grid in neighboring communities.

Read more at Shanghaiist
Photo: Reuters

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