China: $TSLA, $NIO Suspend Charging Services

Bloomberg headline: Tesla, Nio Suspend EV Charging Services as China Power Cuts Bite

:pushpin: Facilities in Chengdu, Chongqing have been taken offline

:pushpin: 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.”

The last paragraph:

In the meantime, Nio is calling for users in Sichuan to share their home chargers between Aug. 20 and Sept. 20, while some drivers are trading their fully-charged batteries for almost-dead ones at swapping stations to help fellow owners.