SGCC: State Grid Kicks off Projects on EV Charging Facilities to Energize New Infrastructure

On April 14, State Grid convened a video conference to kick off the all-round construction of charging facilities for electric vehicles (EV). The company called on efforts to implement General Secretary Xi Jinping’s new strategy on energy security, act upon decisions by the central leadership on speeding up new infrastructure construction, serve the stabilization of economy, promote the EV industry, meet people’s demand for a better life, and inject new momentum for socio-economic development.

The meeting began at 10am as announced by Mao Weiming, Executive Chairman of State Grid at the main conference venue inside the company’s headquarters. It was addressed by Xin Guobin, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Guo Zhi, Chief Economist of National Energy Administration (NEA), and Xin Baoan, President of State Grid. The meeting was presided over by Zhang Zhigang, Executive Vice President of State Grid, and attended by Xu Heyi, Chairman of the Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd. (BAIC).

To build more charging facilities is an action taken by State Grid to implement the central government’s decisions, fill the gap in charging facilities, and promote healthy and sustainable development of the EV industry. By doing so, State Grid also shoulders its responsibility in making sustained investment, stimulating domestic demand, boosting consumption, and vitalizing socio-economic development. Those are steps taken by State Grid to promote a revolution in energy consumption, meet people’s demand for clean, smart, and convenient transportation, and act on its tenet of “building a power utility by the people and for the people”.

Building charging piles is one of the seven major categories of new infrastructure, characterized by large investment and a long industrial chain. Charging piles are corresponding infrastructure for the EV industry and a key part of smart transport and smart energy in an emerging digital economy. In recent years, State Grid has been committed to the EV development: building charging infrastructure, and connecting charging facilities to the grid. So far it has invested 25.1 billion yuan to create the world’s largest platform of the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) with 457,000 connected charging piles, covering over 85% of the country’s public charging facilities. State Grid has built a fast charging network covering “ten vertical, ten horizontal and two rings of expressways” across China. It has developed China’s own standard system of EV charging and battery swapping, laying a solid foundation for the rapid growth of China’s EV industry.

Up to date, State Grid has constructed 11,600 charging and swapping stations and 95,800 charging piles, serving 212,000 customers with a power capacity of 3.378 GVA. The kick-off meeting marked the launch of 126 demonstration projects in 18 provinces (municipalities) including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan, and Qinghai. Those projects cover a variety of charging infrastructure for public sharing, special purposes, communities, and shore power. State Grid aims to add 78,000 charging piles in 2020, which is expected to drive EV consumption of more than 20 billion yuan. It also provides services to save customers energy, time and money by improving the ability of its open IoV platform to serve the public and boost the integrated development of smart energy and smart transport.

Xin Guobin, on behalf of the MIIT, congratulated on the kick-off of projects. He noted that State Grid plays an important role in promoting and leading the development of EV charging infrastructure. The projects are expected to further drive the development of charging infrastructure and new business models, and facilitate EV market penetration. The MIIT looks forward to joining hands with State Grid to monitor power data and build energy internet to jointly promote the quality development of China’s manufacturing industry.

Guo Zhi, Chief Economist of NEA, suggested that at this critical moment when businesses are reopening and socio-economic order is being restored, State Grid’s launch of key projects plays a significant exemplary role. Charging piles are fundamental infrastructure for the EV industry and State Grid has been leading the way forward. He hoped the projects would bring in further investment, enhance power supply for EV, stimulate research on policies, technology and business models for orderly charging, so as to facilitate China’s strategic energy transition.

State Grid President Xin Baoan said that the company aligns its ideas and actions with decisions made by the central leadership, takes steps to effectively construct quality charging facilities, optimize the charging network, build supporting power grids, strengthen operation and maintenance, and support interconnection. Meanwhile, State Grid continues to offer reliable power supply and good grid connections to charging facilities of various types so as to expedite social capital's participation in the investment and construction of charging facilities.

The video conference was held at the main venue inside State Grid’s headquarters and sub-venues at 9 construction sites of charging piles, and State Grid subsidiaries in 15 provinces. Other participants included representatives from the MIIT, the NEA, the BAIC Group, and State Grid’s vice presidents and chief officers, and heads from relevant departments and construction projects.