Guidelines For Installation Of 5,000,000 Charging Points In China By 2020

NOV 29 2015 BY MARK KANE 18



The Chinese goal of 5,000,000 charging spots by 2020 announced several weeks ago finally got some guidelines.

In five years, China will have 12,000 large charging stations (up from 780 at the end of 2014):

  • 3,850 charging stations for public buses
  • 2,500 charging stations for taxis
  • 2,450 charging stations for special vehicles such as sanitation cars
  • 2,400 integrated charging stations for public usage

The number of 31,000 “distributed charging piles” (read as stand-alone charging spots) at the end of 2014 will also increase to 4,800,000.

Assuming about 200,000 spots at 12,000 large stations, in total there will be 5 million places to charge.

“On November 17th, the People’s Republic of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has clearly pointed out, in the Guideline on Development of EV charging Infrastructure (hereinafter as Guideline) issued on the same day, that 12,000 unit integrated EV charging stations and 4,800,000 distributed charging piles will be built nationwide to fulfill the charging needs of around 5,000,000 EVs in China.”

At key locations like transportation junctions, shopping malls, urban green lands, parking lots of buildings and roadside parking spots, China will install 500,000 charging spots.

The rest of the 4,300,000 will be home/apartment and work charging points, which is very important as most people in large cities in China can’t buy EVs because they don’t have a place to charge.

“The Guideline also requests that all the parking lots, private or public, should equip certain numbers of their parking spots with charging facilities or reserve space for future installment in accordance with thepercentage specified in the Guidelineand generally speaking, 100% of the parking spots should be equipped with charging facilities in the parking lots of all the new residential buildings.”


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18 Comments on "Guidelines For Installation Of 5,000,000 Charging Points In China By 2020"

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100% of new parking spaces with charger implemented? Cool! I hope most of them get installed and are not avoided by bribery.

No technical details ever from Info from China?


The People’s Republic of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) really is serious about this.

I understand that China makes policy guidelines every 5 years. And one of their main concerns is to do something about the extremely bad air quality in Chinese cities.

It looks like they now seriously want to do something about that. And that always is the first step.

“5,000,000 charging spots by 2020” really is a substantial number. But even if they need twice as much time (ten years instead of five years) to realise these 5,000,000 charging spots, that would be great as well, I think.

well, this IS China we’re talking about. If they say they can do 5 million spots by 2020, I reckon they could probably do it even sooner 😛

They should also ban the sales of new fossil fuel cars from 2020

It’s great that China is getting serious about installing public EV chargers.

Now, if they could only do something about the lack of home charging of EVs…

From the article – “The rest of the 4,300,000 will be home/apartment and work charging points, which is very important as most people in large cities in China can’t buy EVs because they don’t have a place to charge.”

More importantly, how does this help? Some of their worst (air polluted) cities are because they are ringed by a bunch of coal power plants.

Everything helps. And it’s not like they aren’t working hard on those areas too.

For example Beijing will have a total ban on coal from 2020. And they are closing down their last major coal plants in Beijing next year.

Even though it will still be pretty poor further away from the city center it’s a clear message that coal is unwanted and will be going away. The Chinese are very tired of the poor air quality and are willing and able to make a change.

Never forget that everything always adds up, no matter how small or big change you do it will count.

Excellent News. Just few weeks ago, we read the news that China is going to install 5 million EV chargers. Now there is more details like number of chargers for Buses, Taxis, Public vehicles and so on.

They can start by installing a large station with just 1 charger initially and later as the # of vehicles grows, install the 2nd, 3rd, 4th charger and so on.

China is World #1 in Natgas Vehicles (Both CNG & LNG) and now they are accelerating in EVs with the Charging network.

Seems the Worldwide sales of EVs / Plugins in October-2015 is 51,698 units.

2015-YTD sales stands at 385,843 units.
Its the first time that 50,000 mark has been crossed in a month.

Many of you don’t have a clue on how this works. Surprised that the liaison of InsideEVs in Hong Kong isn’t saying a thing on this.

The “goal” here does NOT mean the Communist Gov’t will install all those chargers; it’s merely loaning the money to some private companies to do it – provided that if there is/are companies that will do it. In other words, with all the money available, there can be “0” station if no company go get the loan. New construction does NOT have to have the charger, if the developer decides not to do it, especially if it’s not getting any loan on this thing.

Next question – does anyone of you know how problematic it is to get a government loan in mainland China?

5 million Excellent.

One million charging points in ten years would already be extraordinary expansion.

And this is five million in just five years!!!

That’s called a revolution.

I bet China is doing this in part as a national security measure. Take a look at the mid-East, Russia, Nigeria, and Venezuela…now do you really want to be reliant on imported oil?

Good point

At $200 a pop, this a billion dollars worth of infrastructure–and 75% of China’s grid is still coal. I know where I’d spend money before this, but new power plants are so expensive, a billion buys only a gigawatt of power: a drop in the bucket.

Very little new power is required for electric cars used for typical daily commuting. Off-peak power used for charging is power saved, because you can’t just turn those power plants off for night.