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City's first shared battery-swapping station up and running

Hu Yumo
Shanghai's first shared battery-swapping station for new-energy vehicles is in trial operation in Minhang District. 
Hu Yumo
Shot by Ma Xuefeng. Edited by Ma Xuefeng. Subtitles by Zhong Youyang.

Shanghai's first shared battery-swapping station for new-energy vehicles is in trial operation in Minhang District, representing another step forward for green car supporting facilities.

The fully automated 20-second process consists of elevating the vehicle, unloading the old battery, installing the new battery and returning the vehicle to ground level.

Citys first shared battery-swapping station up and running
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The entire battery-swapping process takes only 20 seconds.

Covering about 100 square meters, the station can service 1,000 vehicles a day.

At the site, it took about one minute for a SAIC Roewe Ei5 to enter and exit the station. The new version of the Ei5 is equipped with a 52.5kWh battery pack, which can either be swapped or charged to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes using fast-charging mode.

The station is operated by a Guangzhou-based company Aulton founded in 2000 that's involved in battery swapping, battery life cycle management and operating stations.

Lu Xiaoqing, Shanghai operation director of Aulton, said new-energy taxis and ride-hailing vehicles are the main users of the battery-swapping station. In the future, government, logistics and new-energy passenger vehicles are expected to use the station.

Aulton will have 12 battery-swapping stations up and running in Shanghai in the near future, and plans to have 50 by the end of the year.

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