China's economic planner issues draft guidance to promote charging, battery swap infrastructure-CnEVPost

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China continues to provide policy support for the new energy vehicle industry, as a new document aimed at boosting the construction of charging and battery swap infrastructure was drafted.

China's top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, on Thursday released draft guidance on boosting the construction of charging and battery swap infrastructure and began soliciting public comments from May 20 to June 20.

The document said that property management in residential communities should not obstruct users from installing charging piles if they have the conditions to do so.

New residential communities need to reserve all fixed parking spaces for the installation of charging piles and need to build power supply facilities, including pipelines, to the parking spaces.

The document requires the internal parking lots of government departments and industrial parks to speed up the construction of charging facilities or reserve construction and installation conditions to meet the charging needs of official vehicles and employees.

The document encourages government units and parks to open their internal charging piles to the public and enhance the service capacity of the public charging network.

The document supports power grid enterprises to build innovation platforms for the integration of new energy vehicles and intelligent energy, and accelerate the construction of V2G (vehicle to grid) testing and standardization system.

The document calls for accelerating the promotion and application of battery swap mode and supporting the construction of dedicated battery swap stations in short-haul, high-frequency, and heavy-duty scenarios such as mines, ports, and urban transit.

It also calls for exploring the mode of separating body and battery, promoting the transformation of electrification in the heavy truck sector and internal collector trucks in ports, and exploring the shared battery swap mode in rental and logistics transportation.

Eligible investments in charging and battery swap facilities and supporting grid construction and renovation will be included in the scope of support for new infrastructure special bonds and China's Clean Development Mechanism Fund, according to the document.

Financial institutions, including China Development Bank, will provide long-term low-cost funding for the construction of charging in battery swap facilities through a variety of channels.

The document also encourages insurance institutions to develop commercial insurance products suitable for charging and battery swap facilities.

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