Russian electric vehicles turn to Chinese charging standards

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According to the Russian media “Kommersant”, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade has changed the requirements for fast-charging stations for electric vehiclesNow, the only necessary standard for electric vehicle fast-charging stations is the GB/T charging standard in China. However, the European CCS standard, as well as the Japanese CHAdeMO, are both optional. Market participants claim that all Chinese cars in Russia use the European version of the charging interface. They argue that Russia wants to localize Chinese cars and Asian imports due to the closure of EU exports.

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The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade has reportedly approved new regulations for subsidized charging stations (ECS) for electric vehicles, following an order published by the ministry on

Electric vehicle charging stations must have three charging ports and be equipped with at least one charging port which is the Chinese GB/T standard.

In addition, Russia will implement a subsidy program of 8.1 billion rubles ($128 million) in 2022-2024, intending to install 2,900 fast charging piles. The maximum subsidy is 60% of the cost of the charging station but does not exceed 1.86 million rubles ($30,000).

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology forwarded questions about the technical characteristics to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. However, they did not explain the changes to Kommersant. The only response is that “the technical characteristics are the first approval, so there are no previous parameters.”

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IT Charge CEO, Dmitry Matvievsky claims such a request seems odd. The government wants manufacturers to install at least one GB/T charging port. However, such cars are rare in Russia. This means that the Russian government is trying to popularize this standard in the country. Andrey Gurlenov, CEO of Sitronics Electro, said the Chinese GB/T standard is essentially replacing the CHAdeMO and CCS2 standards.

Taiwan bans all modern chip exports to Russia, Belarus

This week, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) released a list of strategic high-tech products banned from exporting to Russia and Belarus, DigiTimes reported. These high-tech goods are also banned from Belarus because they could help Russia bypass sanctions, the ministry said.

Companies in both countries are now barred from purchasing Taiwan-made microprocessors or microcircuits with any of the following specifications:

  • The chip has a speed level of more than 5gigaflops, or the capacity of the arithmetic logic unit is more than 32bit;

  • The clock frequency of electronic components exceeds 25 MHz;

  • One or more ports or interfaces that provide transfer rates greater than 2.5 MB/s between components.

  • High-speed microcircuits with over 144 contacts.

These conditions essentially exclude Russia and Belarus from modern technology made in Taiwan. In addition, Taiwan will no longer sell chip production equipment to these countries. This includes alignment and exposure equipment, scanners, and scanning electron microscopes for wafer production.

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