Public Chargers Not Working Well? City services need to keep up

2023-03-07 14:55

According to media reports, the newly released new car sales data show that China's new energy vehicles accounted for 1/8 of 2021 to 1/4 of 2022. however, with the new energy vehicles supporting the charging pile problem still plagued many car owners. Many car owners reflect that it is still not easy to use public charging piles when they go out. It is not uncommon to find a vacant charging pile near the cell phone app, but to follow the navigation and find a blank. There are also people laughing that "the 50 km range of new energy vehicles is reserved for finding charging piles".




In fact, many new energy car owners looking for charging piles "painful experience", is a reflection of the rapid development of the city "pain period". The large number of new energy vehicles on the market has tested the service level of urban public facilities in every aspect. Behind a public charging pile in fact involves a lot of urban governance issues, to solve this kind of problem is not just to increase the number of charging piles, but should be placed in a broad perspective. The problem of difficult parking in the city, the renovation of facilities in old neighborhoods, the renewal of public service equipment, any shortcomings in any one of the links, in fact, are shrinking the effectiveness of the new thing. a




At the same time, the arrival of new things is also putting forward new requirements for urban public service facilities, a chess game that requires a more precise layout. At a press conference on the development of industry and information technology in 2022, Tian Yulong, chief engineer and spokesman of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said that by the end of 2022, 5.21 million charging piles had been built nationwide. In other words, on average, every 2.5 new energy vehicles in the country can be assigned to a charging pile.






The comparison of the data shows that on the one hand, the huge total number of charging piles, on the other hand, new energy vehicle owners still worry about charging piles, which also reflects the accessibility and balance of public service facilities. For example, when charging pile resources are concentrated in new communities and new urban areas, is there a bottom-up program for charging in old communities? When a large number of market players enter the new energy charging market, are the paid services reasonably priced and guaranteed in a timely manner? These need a clearer solution. To solve the difficult charging problem of new energy vehicles, it is necessary to find universal laws in the public context of urban space, and it is also necessary to prescribe the right medicine.




It should also be noted that in this era of rapid economic development and technological achievements, the planning of social public space should reserve enough space for the new things that may appear in the future. When technology changes life, it is time to provide more space for the application of technology on the ground. However, like new technological breakthroughs, urban governance is also a systemic project of vast scale. It can be very big, as big as the inclusion of the city; can also be small, as small as a charging post, signage, etc.. But the new issues between supply and demand brought about by the new things are something that require continuous attention and response from city managers.




From this perspective, a charging post is actually a microcosm of urban development. A charging pile itself, does not occupy too much urban space, but the shortcomings of public services reflected behind it deserve attention. New things like charging piles are like a catalyst for cities to develop while trying to improve the shortcomings in the original basic services for people's livelihood. This is perhaps what is more worth looking forward to.