A government document has issued measures to address issues that many EV users are currently complaining about, including a focus on "zombie charging piles".

(An battery swap station in Shanghai. Image credit: CnEVPost)

Shanghai, one of China's most supportive cities of the electric vehicle (EV) industry, has provided further policy support.

The Shanghai government today released a document on further promoting the implementation of charging and battery swap infrastructure construction, defining the specific responsibilities of each department in the effort to improve the experience of EV users.

The document, which will come into effect on March 1, mentions that Shanghai aims to meet the charging needs of more than 1.25 million EVs by 2025, with a local ratio of EVs to charging piles of no more than 2:1.

The document provides clear measures to address the problems that many EV users are complaining about, including a focus on the treatment of "zombie charging piles".

The city will establish a governance system for "zombie charging piles" and include the number of such piles in the evaluation system in the subsidies for charging facility operators.

The city will increase the rectification and assessment of public parking lots and "zombie charging piles", and optimize the requirements for acceptance of charging facilities.

In response to the problem of fuel cars occupying charging spaces, the city will guide such vehicles and EVs to park in different areas.

The city will put forward clear penalty standards for vehicles that do not charge but occupy charging spaces, and will introduce credit management mechanisms.

Shanghai will also accelerate the development of local standards for models supporting battery swap, battery swap equipment, and battery swap site construction, and promote the formation of a unified battery swap standard in dedicated vehicles and passenger cars.

The city will explore the model of sharing battery swap between cabs, ride-hailing vehicles and private cars, and encourage the construction of integrated shared stations that include both charging stations and battery swap stations.

Shanghai also encourages banks to increase preferential interest rate loans for public charging and battery swap facilities, and to provide discounted interest support for eligible public facility projects.

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