China to build charging stations for 5 million electric cars

China today said it will build a nationwide charging-station network to cater to the power demands of five million electric vehicles by 2020, a move to provide big thrust to the battery powered car sales.
The network will cover residential areas, business districts, public space and inter-city highways, a set of guidelines approved by the central cabinet said.  Under the guidelines, new residential complexes should build charging points or assign space for them, while public parking lots should have no less than 10 per cent of parking spaces with charging facilities.