China's Electric Vehicle Charging Network Gets A Boost From Didi Chuxing
Didi Chuxing, which is considered the Uber of China, is building its own charging network. Didi is the world's largest operator of electric vehicles, accounting for 260,000 of the global count of two million electric vehicles. The company did not reveal too many details about its proposed charging system, apart from its name ("Orange Energy") and the fact that it is has already started work on interconnecting existing charging stations into its network.
That latter bit of information is especially important. Lack of standards across charging stations is a major source of frustration for electric vehicle drivers. Companies and startups, eager for government subsidies for the technology, have built 150,000 charging stations with a plethora of differing standards. The result is a confusing array of charging cable sizes and systems that makes it difficult for drivers to effectively use their electric cars. China's State Grid announced a similar plan to build 10,000 charging stations and 120,000 charging poles by 2020.
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