Bloomberg headline: Tesla, Nio Suspend EV Charging Services as China Power Cuts Bite
Facilities in Chengdu, Chongqing have been taken offline
Drought, heatwave gripping China has disrupted power supplies
China’s power crisis is affecting electric-car owners, with automakers including Tesla Inc. and Nio Inc. suspending some charging facilities.
User apps show charging stations are down in Chengdu in Sichuan province – where the nation’s worst drought since the 1960s has slashed hydropower generation at the same time a punishing heatwave has sent electricity demand surging – and the nearby city of Chongqing.
Nio posted temporary notices on its app’s charging map page informing owners that some of its Chengdu battery-swapping stations are “off-line” because of the “severe overload on the grid under the persisting high temperatures.”