Visitors view a car from Chinese electric automaker Qiantu at Haikou New Energy Vehicle Exhibition in Haikou, south China's Hainan Province, Jan. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Yang Guanyu)
BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- South China's Hainan province will pilot constructing batter swap stations in cities of Haikou, Sanya, Danzhou, Qionghai, Wanning and Yangpu Economic Development Zone as part of its efforts to promote development of new energy vehicles (NEVs), reported Hainan Daily on Monday.
China highlights the construction of charging and battery swap infrastructure and encourages application of battery swap mode, according to a development plan for NEV industry from 2021 to 2035 released by the State Council, China's cabinet, in November last year.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology supports Beijing and Hainan to try battery swap mode.
Hainan provincial development and reform commission recently issued a guideline on supporting the construction of battery swap stations, which specified that the province will focus on carrying out pilot construction projects in island tour highway posts, expressway service areas, gas stations, bus stations, ports, air ports for electric taxis, online-hailing cars, buses, regular buses, medium and heavy commercial vehicles.
The southern province will provide subsidies for the construction of eligible battery swap stations serving heavy vehicles, taxis, online-hailing cars, buses, intercity buses and tourism shuttle buses, with the subsidy amount equivalent to 15 percent of the facility investment value of such stations, according to the guideline. (Edited by Su Dan with Xinhua Silk Road, email@example.com)