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7,000 roadside charging poles planned


A taxi is being charged at a roadside charging pole on Zhuzilin No. 3 Road in Futian District.

THE city is planning to install 7,000 charging poles at roadside parking spaces to promote electricity-powered vehicles and solve the shortage of charging poles.

A demonstration project, integrating intelligent parking and charging, was tested at four roadside parking spaces on Zhuzilin No. 3 Road in Futian District.

The project was constructed and operated by Southern Heshui Electric Vehicle Service Co., a subsidiary of Southern Power Grid Shenzhen Co.

"We will cooperate with Shenzhen Road Traffic Center to expand pole charging services with the expansion of roadside parking spaces in the city," Zou Dazhong, a manager with the company, told lawmakers and political advisers during an inspection trip to the construction sites of the facility around the city Wednesday.

The cooperation will make full use of the city's limited land and ensure convenience for drivers, according to Zou.

At present, there are a total of 12,000 roadside parking spaces operated by Shenzhen Road Traffic Center. By the end of August, the city had built 55 charging stations for buses and taxis and 1,914 charging poles.

However, there is a big shortfall of charging poles between supply and demand. By the end of October, the city added 7,293 electric cars to the taxi industry. The number will reach 10,000 before the end of the year.

According to the city's rules, new-energy vehicles can park at roadside parking spaces for free for one hour every day.

To promote the project, the company has developed an app that can be shared with the Easy to Park app of the Shenzhen Road Traffic Center. With the app, drivers can easily find available parking spaces with charging poles.

According to related rules, the ratio between electric cars and charging poles should stand at three to one. By 2020, the number of electricity-powered cabs will reach 22,000.

On Wednesday, the lawmakers and political advisers invited by the city's transport commission also inspected the construction of two viaducts linking Shahe West Road and the Western Corridor. The project was set to solve the congestion of vehicles entering Guangzhou-Shenzhen Riverside Expressway through Western Corridor.

The project started in November 2015 and the main structure is expected to be completed before the 2018 Spring Festival in February. At present 83 percent of the project has been completed.

Source:Shenzhen Daily

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