The Frentic “Enclosure Movement” of Charging Pole Operators is Decelerating due to Mismanagement


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Compared to the previously expanding “Enclosure Movement” where the obsession over quantity had infected Beijing with the ill-allocation of charging poles, the charging pole operators in Beijing is undergoing the managerial shift toward qualitative orientation.

The major cause of this shift has been the widespread waste of corporate resources. For instance, in various privately managed parking lots affiliated to the Beijing’s recreational hubs, it has been reported that, when some electric car owners are led to the charging stations where there is shown to be spare poles, the charging-gun side of a portion of charging poles have been docked by regular vehicles due to the station’s continued lack of personal supervision. The same could be said for certain residential communities where not only regular vehicles, but also shared bikes have gathered to congest charging stations. The reverse is true for other parking-lot-based charging stations situated in less populous areas. For example, in one parking-based charging station in rural Beijing, its 50 poles have been “15-20% occupied during weekdays and 5% occupied during the weekends”, according to the parking lot manager who doubles as the charging-station manager.

Despite the sharp contrast between over-occupancy and high vacancy, one city official claims that the total 125,000 poles already installed could well meet the demand of three quarters of E-car owners if distributed more practically and managed appropriately. In addition, the early on chase for quantity has let the joint cost for both electricity, rent and management exceed the idealistically projected revenue of various electric pole operators. To prevent mismanagement and the consequent waste of both natural and financial resources, the municipal government has put forth a series of evaluative regulations to better and more qualitatively assess the management standards of E-charging companies, the result of governmental assessments would in turn become the basis for the dispensation of financial subsidies, and the model management teams could receive up to 200,000 RMB.