Sichuan-Chongqing electric vehicle owners under high temperature power cuts: charging piles become a new social currency

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This should be the hottest summer that the people of Sichuan and Chongqing have experienced.

Nearly a month of high temperature, no rain, and power cuts sent 115 million people from Sichuan and Chongqing into Hard mode. A piece of ice is hard to find and fans are free, which has become the reality and desire for people and animals in Sichuan and Chongqing.

For the electric vehicle owners in the above-mentioned areas, the electric vehicles that need to be charged from time to time add a little bit of fatigue to the hot summer.

Compared with Northeast electric vehicle owners, in low temperature and cold weather, the one-stop “lying nest” mode that immediately loses power, and electric vehicle owners who have less power in high temperature, control the entire process of “power shortage” slowly and carefully: off Turn off the air conditioner, turn off the stereo, turn off the ventilation, and turn off all functions that consume electricity and do not help you move forward. At a very low speed, slowly drive to the nearest charging pile to “continue life”.

Then, I found that I had to wait in line for hours. Many charging stations are temporarily closed due to power cuts. Those who continue to operate become oasis dotted in the desert.

Car owners who have charging piles at home cannot understand the value of the “oasis”. For electric car owners who do not have charging piles, looking for charging piles has become a slice of the story they left in this hot summer.

In addition, in order to charge for 5 minutes, you have to socialize for a few hours.

3% battery, rushed into the neighbor’s garage late at night

At least in the Sichuan-Chongqing area, “I have a home charger” has become a social product, and A Bei entered this social circle a week ago.

On the evening of August 19, Abei sent a question to the owner group of the community: Do you know where there are charging piles around?

Soon, someone replied: I just went to the next neighborhood to use up the home charger, I will help you contact the other party.

Half an hour later, while on the WeChat call with the other party, Abei drove the car into the other party’s parking space under the guidance. At that time, the battery balance was 3%, and it took 1 hour to find the charging pile.

A Bei is 29 years old this year. In May, he liked to mention the first car in his life: the BYD Yuanp, which became part of the 71,700 new electric vehicles in Chengdu in the first half of this year.

The fly in the ointment is that due to living in an old community, there is no way to install home charging piles for the time being. However, this did not dilute the joy of Abeti’s car. After all, in Chengdu in 2022, most of the business districts have already been equipped with charging piles.

In Abei’s plan, the car was already charged downstairs in the space between chatting with others about business. As an employee of the construction unit, most of Abei’s work is visiting partners, and the charging is indeed as Abei thought, fully charged in the business district, and then drive home.

But since Chengdu entered the blackout, the project has been stopped, but Abei has been busier. In order to catch up with the construction period after the power supply is restored, Abei needs to confirm raw materials and plan projects in advance with different suppliers during this period. On August 19, Abei visited three partners, starting from Chenghua District, where he lived, going to Tianfu New District, then to Jinjiang District, and finally back to Chenghua District.

On the way home, the electric meter began to run out. Abei drove the car to search for nearly an hour, but could not find a charging pile that could be used normally. Later, he learned that it was the first day that two-thirds of the charging piles were closed 24 hours a day in Chenghua District. In the future, a similar situation will continue for a few days.

Less than 10% of the power is left, the charging pile is in an unpredictable place, and the home is half an hour’s drive away. The temperature in Chengdu that night was 30 degrees, and A Bei, who was driving, couldn’t tell whether he was sweating because of the high temperature or cold sweat because he was anxious.

He turned off the air conditioner and stereo, drove in the direction of home, and tentatively sent a message for help in the group, Abei was ready to take a taxi and run the business-waiting for the car in the high temperature was another thing that night. Something that gave him a headache.

Fortunately, he found enthusiastic people with home chargers in the neighborhood next door. That night, he parked the car in the other party’s garage, walked to pick up the car at 7:00 the next morning, and paid the other party 100 yuan. Although the other party said that he could not use the money, Abei insisted on transferring the money.

In addition to thanking him sincerely, Abei also thought that in the next few days, he would most likely come to disturb him again. As for new energy vehicles, Abei thinks that the premise of buying a car is to live in a residential area where you can settle down.

40 degrees do not dare to turn on the air conditioner

Monday is the traditional peak period for online car-hailing. Lao Ren, a Didi driver in Chengdu, got out of the car on time at 7:00 in the morning, ready to go for a good day and earn more money.

Lao Ren had good luck. He received several distant orders in a row in the morning. As soon as it arrived at two o’clock, Lao Ren’s account received 220 yuan, far exceeding his usual income of more than 100 yuan.

In a good mood, he is going to have lunch and rest for a while. For drivers, time is money. Most drivers will compress their lunch time. Maybe they can take two more orders and earn dozens of dollars more.

But since driving the new energy car, Lao Ren can’t save his lunch time: “I can finish it in ten minutes, but the car has to ‘eat’ for half an hour.”

After having a full meal in a restaurant in the suburbs, Lao Ren began to find a “restaurant” for his car, which also started his day of misfortune.

Although he already knew the power cut situation in advance, Lao Ren did not expect that charging would be so difficult: “I found five charging stations in a row nearby, but only one can be charged, and the long queue can’t see the end at a glance.” Lao Ren looked for After only 1 hour, the power of the car also dropped from 60 kilometers to 40 kilometers.

In order to make money, the driver can skip meals for a day, or enter the low-energy consumption mode of “one bun per 100 kilometers”, but the car can’t. Lao Ren, who had a wrong hunch, made a decisive decision, stepped on the accelerator and went straight to the urban area with more abundant charging resources to find a charging pile. In those days, the highest temperature in Chengdu exceeded 40 degrees, but the electricity made Lao Ren dare not turn on the air conditioner, and he continued to search for charging piles along the way.

After persisting for two and a half hours, the power has bottomed out and the clothes are soaked with sweat, Lao Ren finally found a suitable charging station. The line here was two blocks away. However, compared to the long queue that could not see the end just now, the number of people in the queue here is already loose, and the car that kept driving away in front also gave Lao Ren hope. After 70 minutes of waiting, Lao Ren’s car was finally charged, but the evening rush hour was almost over.

The moment the charging gun was plugged in, Lao Ren immediately turned on the air conditioner. Unlike the usual late night and noon where there are preferential electricity prices, after a long process of searching for electricity, the time has come to the evening peak. The 400-kilometer battery life cost Lao Ren 60 yuan in electricity bills, which is double the usual amount. Including the time spent running less, Lao Ren worked for at least half a day in vain.

He complained: “This day has passed, and I have skipped an afternoon of running, and I have also charged high-priced electricity.”

But just delaying making money is already lucky, and the car of Lao Ren’s other fellow countryman, the fifth, has simply become scrap metal.

The fifth is an ordinary new energy car owner. The queue scene in his community is even more spectacular. The densely packed motorcade looks like a giant open-air parking lot.

The fifth started queuing at 6:00 pm and did not recharge until 2:00 in the morning. Seeing that the queue was far away, the car was about to break down, and he was forced to help. , use the slow charge at home to restore blood to the car. The fifth sighed with emotion, the huge Chengdu, but there is no place to charge him.

The old fifth’s insurance has tow truck service, but he has never used this service when driving carefully. He never thought that the first time he towed the truck was because the battery could not be charged. A trailer due to electricity is not an accident and will not affect the fifth’s insurance premium, but he took personal leave for the trailer. After charging, he had to drive the car back from his hometown 40 kilometers away, which was time-consuming, labor-intensive, and expensive.

In life, the fifth is a keyboard warrior. As an avid tram believer, he has conducted online matches with oil truck enthusiasts many times, but the experience of towing cars has made him reflect on it.

The fifth recalled a passage from Weilai CEO Li Bin: “To be honest, I don’t understand at all, why people still buy gas cars now. Apart from the smell of gasoline, what else is good.”

The fifth also remembered one thing, the charging cars supporting Sichuan are all fuel-burning.

Protect yourself from the sun on your phone

Lao Yu, who drives a taxi, likes to hang out in Jiangbeizui, Chongqing. IFC and Jiangbei Financial City are all good places to pick up customers. People who are shopping for entertainment and working overtime late at night constitute his main source of customers in the first half of the night.

These late-night passengers often don’t like to talk, and Lao Yu can drive quietly. People who work in the City usually live nearby. The passengers of the National Financial Center, the ones far from home basically take the light rail, and the passengers who can take a taxi sometimes transfer to Jianshe Road, Guanyin Bridge, generally no more than 10 kilometers.

After delivering the passengers, then go north along Jianxin East Road to Chayuan for charging. Lao Yu’s most frequent charging station is from 23:00 to 7:00 in the morning. There is no parking fee inside. Sometimes the platform sends orders far away. As long as he insists, Lao Yu is still willing to drive to the tea garden for charging, which is cheap. His lowest one time record, plus the platform subsidy, charged 24 kWh of electricity, which only cost about 8 fast.

But recently, the freedom to charge when you want to charge has become less.

It hasn’t rained in Chongqing for more than a month, and despite the high temperature of more than 40 degrees, if you go out for two steps, you will be sweating. Lao Yu’s business has been very good recently. The scorching sun is hot, and people can’t walk very far by walking, or they don’t want to try walking at all.

After the epidemic this week, some stations of Chongqing’s light rail stopped operating. The demand for taxi travel has increased by the way. At the end of the day, after deducting various expenses, you can earn 500 yuan during the peak period. However, compared with the black car drivers outside Hongya Cave, Lao Yu felt that his “daily salary” was not high.

The money earned in high temperature days has a sour and salty body odor. When Lao Yu was in the car, even with the air conditioner on, his lower back was always sweaty and damp. The mobile phone on the stand will receive a notification that “the temperature of the device is high, turn on the high temperature protection”, the response of the mobile phone will slow down, the response of the navigation function and order taking function will not be fast enough, and the mobile phone will not be charged (at least Lao Yu thinks so). ). Later, Lao Yu clipped the mobile phone holder to the air-conditioning vent, and the situation improved a little. But at the time of the strong light in the afternoon, he was still a little worried.

The high temperature also changed his work and rest habits, or the work and rest of the Chongqing people. In the past, after Lao Yu collected the car at night, he would go to charge and go home. But the time he’s been home recently can’t be his own. After picking up the car, the time spent queuing for charging has become longer. Two hours in line and two hours of charging are all considered good. He often goes to the tea garden charging station, and there are many electric car owners queuing up to charge at night. The most exaggerated time, he saw that the second lane of Beicheng Tianjie was occupied by electric vehicle owners waiting in line to charge, until the turn.

Where to go to charge to become an operating car owner, the variable of daily driving. After Lao Yu collected the car, the charging location became more and more in the north of the city, passing Yubei District, but he didn’t dare to drive too far because there was an epidemic. He didn’t want to turn into an orange code because of charging.

Driving at night, only the light cast by the street lamps is left on both sides of the street. The most eye-catching sign Lao Yu has seen recently is “Songshan Hospital”. However, the outpatient department on the first floor of the hospital is not bright, and only a few rooms on the fourth floor are bright. The most eye-catching sign in the entire hospital is the signboard, which is red and dazzling. In the dark night scene, it is eerily abrupt.

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