Although the temperature has dropped slightly in recent days, the power cut problems in Chengdu city, Sichuan province have not stopped. A large number of electric car drivers who can only use public charging stations to charge the car are experiencing serious problems. At charging stations, cars were in very long lines, while car owners had to wait until 11 pm to be charged and some people even had to wait all night.

According to NetEase, due to the high temperatures, the power supply in Sichuan province and Chongqing city continues to be tight. Sichuan and Chongqing have successively issued a policy of “orderly consumption of electricity.”

The “Yicai” newspaper reported on August 30 that, under the “power cut-off” policy, public charging stations in Chengdu were mostly suspended during the day.

According to reports, at around 4 pm on August 26, a public electric charging station in Longquanyi District, Chengdu, was full of rental cars and taxis waiting to be charged, while the charging station had not opened yet. Drivers have to wait until after 11 pm to charge their cars, the first in line to finish charging can go home early, but there are also many people who have to wait 4 to 5 hours or even overnight to charge.

Zhang Wei, a driver who rents a Weimar E.5 in Chengdu, told Yicai: “Lining up for charging during the daytime has become normal. If these drivers don’t charge the battery the night before, they won’t be able to drive the next day, so they have no choice but to wait in line.” On the evening of August 26, Zhang said he had not returned home for two days and one night.

The Chengdu government, citing data from the Chengdu Bureau of Statistics, said that by the first half of this year, the number of new energy vehicles in Chengdu had reached 311,000. According to NetEase, by May, Chengdu had approved a total of 120,000 online car rental licenses, including about 80,000 new energy cars.

Tech drivers (who use online apps to provide transportation) and taxi drivers who rely on public charging stations are more likely to be affected. During this power cut, most of the interviewed tech car drivers had to wait in line overnight to charge their cars.

On August 15, Sichuan issued a policy called “give power to the people.” Since then, most areas in the province limited electricity consumption of industrial electricity users until August 20. But with the increasing tension between supply and demand, the power cut time was extended on August 25.

However, according to Sina, on August 29, many local car owners in Chengdu said the current power cut has not been completely lifted.

After Chengdu began regulating the supply of electricity to public charging stations, Zhang told a Yicai reporter that he drove almost every day, staying up late at night to line up to charge his vehicle. He mentioned that once, more than 60 cars had to line up at a public electric charging station, which was nearly a kilometer long (over half a mile). There are 36 chargers at the station, but only half were in operation, due to limited power.

Wang Yu, another driver, said that he started lining at 7 pm on August 24, but had to wait until 1:00 am the next day his car was fully charged, waiting time in line lasting up to more than 5 hours.

Wang Yu said there are fewer new energy vehicles on the road these days because all have to line up early to charge, so calling a taxi has also become more difficult.

According to The Epoch Times, in addition to public charging stations, electric charging stations for some car manufacturers are also affected by power supply regulations in Chengdu. In mid to late August, NIO, Tesla, and XPeng superchargers experienced limited or suspended service. This also affected some new energy car owners in Chengdu, who do not have private charging stations.

However, according to Sina, this power restriction regulation, in addition to causing a certain degree of difficulty for owners of new energy cars, also affects the entire automotive supply chain.

In addition to Sichuan, Chongqing also had power cuts almost at the same time. Many automakers such as: Changan Automobile, SAIC-GM-Wuling, Great Wall, all have production facilities in Chongqing. According to the STCN company, on the evening of August 26, Changan Automobile once again announced that due to power cuts in Chongqing, Changan Automobile will suspend production in the Chongqing area. Production and sales targets for August are expected to fall by about 100,000 cars.

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