China is planning to accelerate the construction of electric vehicle charging facilities in residential areas to boost production and sales of EVs.

The official policy reflects the raised priority for green vehicle sales in China.

More electric vehicle charging stations will be built in pilot cities in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei province, Shandong province, and major cities in the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta, according to a document jointly released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and three other central departments.

The Xinhua news agency said that electric power companies are being asked to help construction of charging stations.

NDRC data showed that there were about 81,000 public charging stations in China as of the end of June, up 65% compared with the end of last year.

According to the China Energy Administration, China plans to build a nationwide charging-station network that will fulfil the power demands of five million electric vehicles by 2020.