Charging and swapping infrastructure has entered the fast lane of market-oriented development


Wang Jinyu

As the number of new energy vehicles continues to increase, the demand for charging infrastructure is also growing rapidly. In order to create a better charging and swapping environment, promote the consumption of new energy vehicles, and accelerate the construction of charging and swapping infrastructure with the support of policies and competent authorities, more and more companies have begun to enter the game, and charging and swapping infrastructure may enter the fast lane of market-oriented development.


In March, 632,000 new charging piles were added, and the increment ratio of piles reached 1:2.5


According to the latest statistics released by the China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance (hereinafter referred to as the "Charging Alliance"), public charging piles increased by 89,000 units in March 2023 compared to February, and a year-on-year increase of 59.0% in March. As of March 2023, member units in the charging alliance have reported a total of 1.958 million public charging piles, including 822,000 DC charging piles and 1.136 million AC charging piles. From April 2022 to March 2023, an average of about 61,000 new public charging piles were added every month. In March 2023, the increase in charging infrastructure was 632,000 units, of which the increase in public charging piles increased by 89.3% year-on-year, and the increase in private charging piles built with vehicles continued to rise, up 15.9% year-on-year. As of March 2023, the cumulative number of charging infrastructure in the country was 5.842 million units, a year-on-year increase of 87.9%.

In March 2023, the charging infrastructure increase was 632,000 units, the sales of new energy vehicles were 1.586 million units, and the pile-to-vehicle increment ratio was 1:2.5, which can basically meet the rapid development of new energy vehicles.



Data show that at present, there are 4,232 service areas with charging service capabilities along highways across the country, and a total of 18,459 public charging piles.


As of March 2022, about 4.216 million private charging infrastructure facilities were sampled by vehicle manufacturers in the charging alliance, of which 3.884 million were equipped with private charging piles. While NIO announced that it would no longer provide private piles to car owners for free, car companies are also looking for various ways to help car owners improve charging convenience. The reporter investigated and learned that although some car companies are still providing charging piles to car owners for free, for car owners who do not have safety conditions and cannot install private charging piles, companies will give away electricity fees to allow car owners to enjoy the rights and interests of free charging. In the future, the proportion of charging piles built with vehicles may be further reduced, especially in first-tier cities with tight private parking spaces, and the demand for public charging infrastructure will further increase.


The pace of charging and swapping infrastructure construction has accelerated


On April 19, at the regular press conference of the National Development and Reform Commission in April, Meng Wei, deputy director of the Political Research Office and spokesperson of the National Development and Reform Commission, said that great efforts would be made to stabilize automobile consumption. Accelerate the construction of charging piles and urban parking facilities, vigorously promote new energy vehicles to the countryside, and encourage automobile companies to develop models that are more suitable for use in county and rural areas. At the same time, we will accelerate the implementation of pilot zones for the full electrification of vehicles in the public sector. In the process of automobile promotion fees, new energy vehicles have become the focus, and in order to promote the better marketization of new energy vehicles, improving the convenience of charging and replacing is an important measure. In the future, with the strong support of policies, the pace of construction of charging and swapping infrastructure will continue to accelerate.


Originally published on China Automotive News on April 23, 2023