Disrupted power supplies, related to drought and heatwave in China, affected EV charging infrastructure in some areas.
According to Bloomberg, the Sichuan province experiences the nation’s worst drought since the 1960s, which forced it to slash hydropower generation. On the other hand, a heatwave significantly increased the demand for electricity (most likely air conditioning).
Now, there are multiple reports about halted manufacturing plants (including Toyota’s car plant and CATL’s battery plant). On top of that, some EV charging stations have been taken offline or limited in power/off-peak use only.
The report indicates that Tesla Superchargers and NIO battery swap stations were affected in Chengdu and Chongqing cities, which definitely is not good news for EV drivers.
NIO posted temporary notices for its customers that some battery swap stations are out of use because of the “severe overload on the grid under the persisting high temperatures.”Let’s recall that a single battery swap station might contain more …