TotalEnergies is planning to build a charging network in China. Through a 50:50 joint venture with the state-owned utility China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG), more than 11,000 public charging points with 60 to 120 kW are to be installed in Hubei province by 2025.
While the French energy company will contribute its “global experience in electric mobility”, CTG will contribute its expertise in the generation and supply of green energy.
The two companies intend to set up co-branded charging hubs with an average of 20 to 50 charging points as well as publicly accessible individual stations, each with between 60 and 120 kW.
Furthermore, the partners also plan to establish a B2B business for the installation of charging stations on private premises. Total says that the electricity for the 11,000 charging points envisaged by 2025 is to “largely come from renewable sources.”
“We share common and important visions with China Three Gorges the ambition to reach carbon neutrality, the undeniable willingness to push for renewable power and the enthusiasm to develop electric mobility,” says Alexis Vovk, President Marketing & Services at Total. “Hubei province is a natural ground to launch this cooperation, as both our companies are established there (…).” He added that the partnership with CTG opens new doors for long-term and expanded cooperation in the field of electric power in China.
Total said it has been present in Wuhan and Hubei province since 1995, notably through its service station network, lubricants business and subsidiary Hutchinson. For the French energy company, the now publicised partnership with CTG is the second charging infrastructure offensive in Asia, following the company’s recent acquisition of the electric car charging network in Singapore from Bolloré Group.