New report helps Shenzhen accelerate transition to EVs

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Rocky Mountain Institute has issued a new report exploring how the Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen can accelerate its adoption of electric vehicles.

The report provides recommendations on how Shenzhen can improve its electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Dave Mullaney, report author and manager at Rocky Mountain Institute, said: “The report serves as a foundation for ongoing, data-driven research to enhance the effectiveness of policymaking regarding commercial EV charging, and to better position the private sector to efficiently invest in the growth of the system.”

 The recommendations include:

  1. The introduction of [policies that facilitates a better integration of data into city planning processes to optimise the location of charging infrastructure around areas of high demand and where the grid has capacity
  2. Current electricity pricing encourages charging practices that are unsustainable for the grid in the long run, as evidenced by the preference for fast charging during peak times of demand. Using insights from existing charging data, smarter strategies in electricity pricing could support a broader distribution of charging in time and space and create a more sustainable pattern of energy usage
  3. Data providers partnering to provide a unified source of information will address current inefficiencies and ease the friction that vehicle operators currently face when charging.

The report follows Shenzhen registering 60,000 electric light trucks and vans over the past three years – 35% of the city’s fleet of urban delivery vehicles – and reduced carbon emissions by more than 1.35 million tons a year – the equivalent of taking 280,000 passenger cars off the road.

To download the report, click here…

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.