Largest ultra-fast EV charging station goes live in Beijing; supporting electric buses out of Xiaoying Terminal
China State Grid has built and opened the largest ultra-fast EV charging station in the Chaoyang district of Beijing. The 26,500 m2 EV charging complex at Xiaoying Terminal has 25 chargers at 360 kW and 5 chargers at 90 kW, offering fast capacity for 30 urban transit buses at the same time.
Future facility and charging point expansions are already planned out for 2016-2020 to accommodate more routes converting to fast charging electric vehicles.
Xiaoying Terminal originally supported a natural gas hybrid bus fleet; more than 10 major city bus routes departing from the terminal have completely converted to fast-charging electric buses.
|Foton electric bus equipped with Microvast LpCO battery system. Click to enlarge.|
As an example, Beijing transit route 13 is using Foton buses using fas charging battery technology from Microvast. Each new bus takes only 10-15 minutes to complete recharging the battery. Charging each bus takes place 2-3 times per day, during driver breaks, with several route loops between each charge.
Compared to an earlier battery swapping system adopted by Beijing to experiment on improving electric bus operating efficiency and reducing down-time, the ultra-fast charging battery and charger system needs neither the investment and large storage space footprint for extra batteries, nor high cost complex with automated robotic battery pack swapping infrastructure, bringing obvious advantages to customers and utility companies with more rapid ROI.
Microvast is a leading ultra-fast charging battery technology innovator & manufacturer based in Stafford, TX, focusing on ultra-fast charging li-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EV) and battery energy storage systems (BESS). Microvast has supplied more than 6,500 units battery system for electric and hybrid commercial vehicles worldwide.
State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) is the largest electric utility in the world. For distribution, it has subsidiaries in Northern, Northeastern, Eastern, Central, and Northwestern China. It was ranked seventh of the world’s largest companies by revenue in the 2011 Fortune Global 500 list.