Super bridge to cater for electric vehicles


A plan to build a total of 550 electric vehicle-charging stations on one of the artificial islands of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) was announced during the weekend, state news agency Xinhua reported yesterday.
According to the agency, the Guangdong branch of the China Southern Power Grid Co. Ltd. is in charge of implementing the system, with total investment of RMB90 million (US$13.22 million/MOP106.46 million).
The project is scheduled to be completed and put into use by the end of 2017, in tandem with the completion of the super bridge.
The stations will serve different types of electric vehicles, including public buses, long-distance coaches, travel and shuttle buses, as well as electric taxis.
Regarding the types of chargers, Power Grid’s plan is to install a total of 429 Direct Current (DC) charging stations and 121 Alternating Current (AC) charging stations.
Business Daily contacted relevant government departments but had not received a reply by the time this went to print.
Power Grid has investments and operations in networks in several provinces in China, such as Guangdong, Guanxi, and Yunnan, with a total service area of roughly one million square kilometres, according to the company.
Contacted by Business Daily, the company had not provided further details on its investment plans by the closing of this edition.
According to previous reports, China is currently the world’s biggest electric vehicle market, with a total of 352,000 new electric vehicles in 2016, compared with 159,000 in the U.S. in the same period, MIT Technology Review reported.