New factory ready – will give Tesla an edge in the electric car race
It did not even take six months, because now Tesla’s new production facility in Shanghai has officially opened. From here, 10,000 fast chargers a year will be sent out.
Tesla’s charging network has long been one of the things that sets the electric car brand apart from other car manufacturers. Sure, Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes, VW and Hyundai together have Ionity – but no one has chosen to integrate charging in the way Tesla does.
Last year was a big year for the manufacturer. Then Tesla opened its 2,000th charging station and in July the company had over 18,000 fast chargers worldwide. Now Tesla has reached another milestone when the new factory in China for high-speed cars has been officially inaugurated.
The facility, which is not far from Gigafactory Shanghai, will build 10,000 fast chargers annually. The model is the so-called version 3 which can deliver up to 250 kW.
Tesla wants to take shares in the Chinese market
“Today, Tesla Shanghai Supercharging Station Factory has officially started production,” Tesla wrote on its Chinese Weibo blog.
The opening is part of the manufacturer’s ambition to take a larger portion of the Chinese cake. With its two factories in it, the goal now is to quickly get both cars and charging stations out – and thus have an attractive advantage compared to other manufacturers.
At present, Tesla has 750 Supercharger stations in China, including the station described as “the world’s largest” with 72 fast chargers in one place.