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Volunteers Help Set Up Ad Hoc Charging Network for Tesla Journey From Beijing to Guangzhou

Posted: 07/12/2014 3:33 pm

tesla charging stationWhen Andrew Zong bought one of the first commercially-available Tesla electric cars in China, he had a small problem:

When I picked up my Tesla in Beijing, I realized that it’s impossible to drive it back to Guangzhou as there are hardly any places to recharge the batteries.

While Shanghai and Beijing are struggling to set up electric car charging facilities, there is nothing available in the 5,750 kilometres along the highway between Beijing and Guangzhou.

But that wasn’t going to deter Zong, the CEO of heat pump manufacturer PHNIX, who handily solved the problem by establishing his own charging network, reports Yahoo News. Zong bought a stock of battery piles and took to the internet, looking for volunteers that could help him recharge his new Tesla at their homes. In three days, Zong attracted some 20,000 interested respondents online, but only needed twenty volunteers.

READ: Tesla to Expand to Guangzhou and Shenzhen Despite Customer Apathy

Using this ad hoc charging network, Zong and his friends were able to drive the new Tesla from Beijing to Guangzhou in just twenty days.

While Yahoo calls this the first “electric car charging network from north to south China”, we would be remiss to point out that this network only temporarily existed for one single car. None of these private locations remain available for public use. That said, Zong remains flush with confidence, saying:

The true value of this action is to tell everyone: as long as more and more people are involved, a network of charging piles across China will soon be set up and this could form a more eco-friendly lifestyle for China.

To do his part, Zong has has ordered 20 Teslas to give to his employees as rewards and has built 60 charging parking spots at his own factories.

Photo: Tesla


iPhone 5 charger explodes, causing blackout in GZ company

Posted: 08/31/2013 11:00 am

When we told you last month that fake iPhone chargers were cheap, dangerous and could be purchased anywhere, we meant that using one could threaten your physical safety.

Now it turns out using the wrong charger can do other types of damage too.

When Miss Li connected her iPhone 5 to the charger in Jingtai Tower in Guangzhou’s Tianhe District shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday she was in for a shock. As soon as the two devices connected, there was a small explosion that sent sparks flying and left burns on her fingertips, Yangcheng Evening News reports.

Her mood was not improved when it turned out that this explosion caused her whole company’s power supply to blackout.

Although Miss Li claims to have bought both the phone and the charger from an accredited store, her mistake may have been to use the same charger that she used for her old iPhone 4. She called the Apple customer service hotline and gave the serial number of the phone but is yet to receive an explanation as to what happened.

The city’s Industrial and Commercial Bureau suggested Li may be entitled to receive compensation.

Li is considerably luckier than Southern Airlines stewardess Ma Ailun who was killed last month after being electrocuted while using her iPhone while it was still on the charger. It is thought that she had just got out of the shower.

h/t Want China Times


Fake iPhone chargers: Cheap, dangerous, and can be purchased anywhere

Posted: 07/18/2013 7:00 am

When flight attendant Ma Ailun was killed after being electrocuted while using her iPhone when it was still on the charger, a CCTV report concluded that her death was probably caused by using an unauthorised (shanzhai) charger.

On Tuesday, an investigative reporter from Guangzhou Daily went into Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei area and discovered just how easy it is to mistakenly buy a shanzhai charger and looked into exactly how dangerous the chargers can be.

Although in 2011, Xinhua reported that China’s shanzhai industry was declining, and one third of the estimated 3,000 sellers of shanzhai products in Huaqiangbei had left the business, it is still remarkably easy to buy shanzhai products in the area.

Since Ma Ailun’s death, blogger Ken Shirriff has argued that it is completely plausible that a shanzhai charger was responsible for her death. In his blog post “Tiny, cheap, and dangerous: Inside a (fake) iPhone charger,” he states:

There’s 340 volts DC inside the charger, which is enough to kill. In a cheap charger, there can be less than a millimeter separating this voltage from the output, a fraction of the recommended safe distance. These charger sometimes short out, which could send lethal voltage through the USB cable. If the user closes the circuit by standing on a damp floor or touching a grounded metal surface, electrocution is a possibility.

However, there is another possible cause of Ma’s electrocution. Shenzhen Daily has it that the charger may have been intended for use in Japan and malfunctioned because of voltage problems. China has a 220-volt standard. Japan has a standard of 100 volts.

Buy your chargers from reputable stores.


11yo girl hangs herself after quarrel with cousin

Posted: 06/14/2012 7:00 am

An 11 year-old girl in Kai Ping Tang Kou Town hanged herself with electrical wire after being criticized by her parents for quarelling with her younger female cousin, Southern Metropolis Daily reports. An official autopsy confirmed the death was a suicide.

While the family has refused to speak to reporters, relatives and neigbours have shed some light on what happened. At approximately 8:00pm, the girl’s parents came home from work and sat down to dinner but when they called their daughter to join them, she did not respond. When they went upstairs to find her, they found their daughter hanging from the ceiling.

According to a neighbour, the daughter was upset that when she turned to her mother for support after the quarrel, her mother scolded her for getting into the argument. Another neighbour claims that the girl, one of three children, would habitually lock herself in her bedroom after arguing with family members: ”Her parents would give her anything she wanted… they spoiled her very much”, said the neighbour.

The number of suicides has risen in the country in recent years, with approximately 287,000 Chinese killing themselves annually, the 9th highest rate in the world according to the World Health Organization. The situation is particularly bad in rural areas, where the suicide rate is three times higher than that of urban centers, and accounts for 75% of China’s total suicides. Perhaps most disconcerting, China’s female suicide rate is 25% higher than the male rate, with Chinese aged 15-34 most likely to kill themselves.



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