The latest bulletin from the State Grid Corporation of China mentioned that construction was completed on December 3 for 46 EV charging stations in Yinchuan, the capital city of China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Yinchuan Power Supply Company, which is the subsidiary of the State Grid, is responsible for the project and has reported that these charging stations will now undergo interconnection and equipment calibration. They are expected to be fully operational by the end of this year.
According to the information released by the Development and Reform Committee of Yinchuan, the number of NEVs operating in the city rose by 1,092 during the first half of this year, showing a year-on-year growth of 244.48%. With more NEVs hitting local roads, the related charging infrastructure demand is also rising rapidly. In addition to the newly built 46 charging stations, Yinchuan has already set up 60 charging stations in the nearby highway service areas, public car parks, and central business districts of the administrative subsections (e.g., towns and villages). Following the latest expansion effort, Yinchuan’s EV charging network now comprises 106 charging stations, 432 charging piles, and 649 charging plugs. NEVs roaming in the city can find a charging stop every 20 minutes.
Yinchuan Power has also begun works to reduce power consumption for some of its existing charging stations. A few charging stations have been relocated or upgraded in order to improve their operational efficiency and economic benefits.
Yinchuan’s EV charging network will undergo further expansions and upgrades in 2022. Specifically, Yinchuan Power will execute two demonstration projects involving the integration of EV charging with large-scale PV and wind generation. Yinchuan Power will also build 14 other charging stations and modify 50 existing charging piles so that they output 60kW or 120kW DC power instead of the existing 7kW AC power. These projects are expected to provide better green mobility services across the urban and rural districts of the whole metropolitan region.