China’s largest electric charging stations for electric vehicles were put into service at the Universiade Center in Shenzhen

China’s largest electric charging stations for electric cars were put into service at the Universiade Center in Shenzhen’s Longgang District December 28. The first batch of electric charging stations and poles in Shenzhen are composed of 2 charging stations and 134 charging poles with a combined charging capacity of 2,480 kVA. This is another major move for Shenzhen to accelerate its development of new energy automobiles and a low-carbon economy.

The Universiade Center charging station is equipped with 6 express chargers that can provide charging to taxies, cars and buses. The station is large enough to simultaneously serve 12 electric automobiles. The station, with an investment of 10.52 million yuan and an area of 1,092 square meters, is currently China’s largest charging station in terms of area and investment scale. The Hexie charging station is equipped with 3 express chargers and can accommodate 6 automobiles.

According to the long-term plan, the combined charge capacity of the 2 charging stations can be expanded to 2,720 kVA. In addition, the 134 charging poles are mainly located in public and community parking lots in each district of Shenzhen. The majority of the charging stations are under the slow charging mode which can facilitate drivers to charge their cars during the off-peak period overnight.

In terms of charging time, the BYD E6 electric car for example, needs just 2 hours to be charged under the express charging mode and can run up to 300 kilometers.

To promote a green Universiade, all shuttle buses between the Universiade Village and main event venues will be electric vehicles. Putting the Universiade Center charging station into service as scheduled, is just a specific demonstration of China Southern Power Grid Company’s contributions to promote a green Universiade. China Southern Power Grid Company is a partner of the 26th World Universiade.

In March 2009, Shenzhen was selected as one of the first batch of 13 model cities to promote energy-saving and new-energy vehicles by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Finance, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. By 2012, more than 24,000 new-energy vehicles will be promoted and used in Shenzhen, and the number will increase to 100,000 by 2015, accounting for over 6 percent of the number of vehicles in Shenzhen at present.

Yuan Maozhen, board chairman of China Southern Power Grid Company made a solemn promise in terms of new-energy vehicle development in Shenzhen and proposed a goal of "taking lead to complete the construction and operation of 2 electric car charging stations and 100 charging poles successively within 2009 in Shenzhen."