The largest electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the world is reportedly now situated in our very own Shenzhen, according to Sina Auto. This past week, 172 fast chargers were added by Chinese power company Southern Power Grid in collaboration with BYD and Potevio - rounding out to a total of 637 fast chargers at Minle EV Charging Station in Longhua district.
One Chinese industries and commodities researcher tweeted that the station is able to service almost 5,000 vehicles per day, using a total of 160-megawatt hours of energy on average.
Additionally, 70 of the newly constructed charging poles use 60-kilowatt constant power charging modules which can accommodate any type of electric car model. “These 70 new pumps are 20% to 30% more efficient than other private charging stations in Shenzhen,” Chen Haozhou, the vice director of a co-operator of Minle station stated.
Last year, BYD announced its ‘Shenzhen Blue’ sustainable development plan to weed out diesel vehicles before 2019. Delivering on that promise, this January South China Morning Post reported that indeed 99% of the 21,689 taxis operating in the city were electric.
Although Shenzhen is not the first Chinese city to transition its entire taxi fleet to electric, it is the biggest city to do so.
The Minle station has been running for two years now, and the addition of 172 fast chargers signals the completion of the second project phase.
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