China’s electricity crisis hits Tesla and Nio charging networks

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China’s power crisis affects electric car owners, including automakers You’re here and Nio by suspending some charging facilities.

User apps show charging stations are down in Chengdu in Sichuan province – where the country’s worst drought since the 1960s has reduced hydropower generation at the same time as a punishing heat wave has caused driving up electricity demand – and the nearby city of Chongqing.

Nio posted temporary notices on its app’s charging map page notifying owners that some of its Chengdu battery swap stations are “offline” due to “severe grid overload under persistently high temperatures “.

Tesla disabled or restricted services at more than a dozen charging stations in the two cities, leaving only two still operating and only overnight Aug. 17, local media reported, citing a letter from ‘a driver.

Power cuts in Sichuan have compounded the woes of manufacturers, including Toyota and battery producer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., which have had to close factories.

Teld New Energy, which operates around 300,000 charging pylons across the country, is asking drivers to check if services are online before leaving, as local electricity authorities have asked for some facilities to be shut down. The company also offers preferential rates to users who recharge late at night or early in the morning to avoid peak hours of electricity demand.

In the meantime, Nio is calling on users in Sichuan to share their home chargers between Aug. 20 and Sept. 20, while some drivers swap their fully charged batteries for near-dead ones at swap stations to help other owners.

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