Beijing promises more vehicle-charging stations

Beijing, March 8 (IANS) Beijing is planning to build thousands of charging stations in 2016 for electric vehicles.

Around 15 large charging facilities will be opened in service stations on the expressway and 5,880 smaller ones in service stations in urban areas, said the Beijing Power Company on Tuesday.

They will all feature sockets to charge multiple vehicles simultaneously, Xinhua news agency reported.

The new facilities are desperately needed if authorities are to persuade drivers to rely on environment-friendly, electric vehicles.

Currently, there are only seven Beijing expressway service stations with charging stations, and three of them have not been put to use yet.

The 172 charging facilities in Beijing by the end of 2015 had performed over two million charges, according to the Beijing Power Company.

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