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Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Tesla To Build 400 New Charging Points In China

September 1st, 2014 by  


Originally published on GAS2

One of the primary obstacles to EV ownership in China has been a total lack of charging stations, which has spurred buth private and public enterprises to resolve the problem. As China’s government is readying a $16 billion investment in EV charging stations, Tesla has announced plans to install 400 of its own charging stations in 120 Chinese cities.

Bloomberg reports that this will approximately triple the number of Tesla charging statons in the country, of which there are only about 170 Level 2 chargers locate primarily at shopping malls and other “destination” areas. There are also only 17 Tesla Superchargers in three chinese cities at the moment, though plans call for the installation of another 20 Superchargers, on top of the additional 400 Level 2 chargers. The deal came about as part of a partnership with the country’s second-largest telecom company, China Unicom, and InTime Retail.

The additional charging stations, like the Tesla Superchargers, will use proprietary plugs and will be free for Tesla owners. Alas, non-Tesla EV drivers won’t be able to plug in, though a growing number of private and public EV charging stations are cropping up all around China mean “new energy vehicle” drivers will soon have plenty of places to plug in.

So far, Tesla has focused sales and Superchargers around cities like Beijing and Hong Kong, but sales have been strong enough to encourage it to expand sales to 38 major cities across the country. Soon Superchargers will cover most of the heavily-populated eastern half of China, and with charging options at malls across the country, Tesla drivers won’t be left without a place to plug into soon.

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  • Offgridman

    Do these numbers take into account the private additions to the charging networks, as were talked about a few days ago from the Chinese blog telling about installing them along the old Silk Road, tourist route? Granted they were not superchargers, but still additional places for Tesla’s to top off, and if my translator read it right the equipment came free from the Tesla corporation.

  • spec9

    They should be able to build dirt-cheap PV powered superchargers there considering the solar panels are made there, the labor is cheap, and they’ve been building Superchargers for a few years now so they have a standardized procedure.

    Fun fact: the superchargers actually use the same chargers that are within the Tesla cars themselves (just a bunch of them in parallel) such that they can use mass-manufacturing efficiencies to build their car chargers & superchargers.

  • anderlan

    From reading the Bloomberg article, this looks like Tesla is paying for the equipment for AC chargers at a telco’s well-placed and distributed stores/land, and only a handful (20) of superchargers will be built in the deal. It appears that China’s public AC charging infrastructure is really that bad, that Tesla feels the need to dig in and augment it themselves. My guess is that the. AC ports will be standard, but only Teslas will get free service.

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