Stations of change of batteries, trucks or drivers that take the car to the nearest station are some of the systems implemented in China to encourage the expansion of electric vehicles, and thus end the dreaded little autonomy.
The country in which more electric vehicles are sold in the world, more than one million last year (85% higher than a year before), is also one of the most investing in developing new systems to alleviate one of the main reasons for the slow expansion of these vehicles, whose models do not exceed 500 kilometers of autonomy.
And, according to Efe recalls the director of the analyst Cairn ERA, Sam Jaffe, today the electrical have still "growth prospects limited" by its high cost and the "scope of autonomy", so " One solution to solve this is to have an easily accessible and ubiquitous charging infrastructure. "
"The charging infrastructure will help electric vehicles move from being a specialized class of vehicles to a mass market option," says the expert.
Although the financial aid from the Chinese Government to the purchase of electric vehicles have the hours counted (they will disappear in the coming months), in recent years the 60,000 million dollars invested have made the sector flourish.
The aid has impacted the automotive industry, which is not only working in the manufacture of vehicles but also in cargo systems.
This is the case of NIO, which presented NIO Power a few months ago, "the first integrated system of energy services in the world," according to Efe Shen Fei, vice president of NIO Power.
The two models that the company sells today have "an intelligent button" that leaves the user "free of worries", since it offers options such as the location of the nearest cargo station or the request of a cargo truck.
"These are the new thinking models and business models in the new era, where data and mobile connectivity will change the experience of electric car owners," says Shen, who says that "other brands" have "imitated" them.
For example, another of the services of the brand, the "valet service" is already beginning to be implemented by firms such as Ford or Mercedes-Benz, says the manager. Thanks to this service, you can call a driver who comes to take the vehicle and returns it loaded.
One of the star products of NIO are its battery change stations. Last January presented a complete route: eight stations in the 1,000 kilometers separating Beijing from Shanghai.
Thanks to these stations, the vehicle enters and a robot changes the battery for a fully charged one in just three minutes. All these services are accessed for a monthly fee and are exclusive for NIO cars.
A similar concept, although still more limited, is the one offered by BAIC, which has recently begun to offer the exchange of batteries among its users, also with the payment of a monthly fee.
Along with the charging systems, there have also been applications in recent months for mobile phones that seek to offer the user planning for their trips.
Last month, Alibaba Group application Alipay (which has also invested in the battery sector) launched a feature called "Ant Charging" for its 700 million users, which allows you to find the nearest station of nine charging companies. electric, as well as its price and availability.
A similar application had already presented the transport giant Didi, "Xiaoju Charge", in January 2018.
Although it is expected that all these new cargo-related services will multiply in the coming years, according to Jaffe, "the technology we have today is enough to solve the problem" and what is really needed is "that expand. "
According to data from the China Alliance for the Promotion of Electric Vehicle Freight Infrastructure (Evcipa), there are about 3 million total or hybrid electric vehicles in the country and by 2018 there were only 770,000 charging stations.
Some deficiencies that are used to expand your business by brands such as the American Tesla, which wants to replicate the network model of charging stations that it has in the United States.
Thus, as announced by Elon Musk's company this week, 1,700 superloaders have already been built in China (in one hour the vehicle is loaded) and 2,100 regular loaders.
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