(Yicai Global) Sept. 18 -- The Yue Yi Chong application, created by state-owned China Southern Power Grid Co. to provide smart services for vehicle charging facilities, has entered operation in Guangdong province.
The platform is China's largest for the provincial management of charging piles. It currently covers 13,000 piles, encompassing 80 percent of those in the provincial capital, Guangdong, state-owned China National Radio reported on Sept. 16. Introduction of the service hopes to significantly improve the utilization of charging piles in the region.
Guangdong has charging piles in 16 prefecture-level cities, with the highest usage in the main urban areas of Guangzhou and Huizhou, a source at China Southern Power Grid said. In regions with the lowest utilization rate, the charging volume of piles totaled just 4.6 kilowatt-hours over 26 months of operation.
The low usage is due to the quantity of operators and inconsistencies in charging agreements, making it difficult for drivers to find and use charging piles.
Yue Yi Chong will provide users with a one-stop solution to find and navigate to piles, charge and pay. Users can search for nearby charging piles or search for operators. The app includes 18 operators and can simultaneously be used by 20 percent of Guangdong's electric car drivers.