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Battery Swapping for EVs Is Big in China. Here’s How It Works

Vehicle batteries on display at the Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. headquarters in Ningde, China.

Vehicle batteries on display at the Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. headquarters in Ningde, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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A move by the world’s biggest battery manufacturer, China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd., to make a concerted push into EV battery swapping has shone a spotlight on the alternative to charging electric vehicles.   

Tried and abandoned by EV pioneer Elon Musk last decade, battery swapping is starting to catch on in China, aided by a mix of demographics, geography and surging take-up of EVs.