China wants to have 500,000 electric cars on its roads by the end of 2015, and they have a lot of work to do in the next 18 months if they’re going to get there. China’s capital city of Beijing is leading the way, with a mandate to have EV charging stations installed in apartment parking lots while installing 1,000 fast DC chargers in public parking areas.
Charged EVs reports that the mandate forces new apartment buildings to have EV chargers for at least 18% of the available parking spots. The idea is to encourage EV ownership in a country without much of a charging infrastructure to speak of. With cities like Beijing offering nearly $20,000 in tax credits and rebates to buyers of “new energy” vehicles like hybrid and electric cars, the incentives are starting to pile up. The Chinese city of Shenzhen recently passed similar measures aimed at increasing EV car sales.
Add to that an additional 1,000 fast chargers sprinkled around the massive city in public parking areas, and it seems like China is well on the road to a half-million EVs. But by the end of 2015? It’s still quite a long shot.