A new charging station with room for 72 cars, that’s what Tesla has now set up in Shanghai. And the facility boasts of being “the world’s largest”.
It was in 2012 that Tesla launched its ambitious charging infrastructure project Supercharger. The basic idea was that if range anxiety is a problem for the electric car – then we build the infrastructure ourselves. The idea has proven to be a winning concept, not least when it comes to optimizing the ownership experience for those who buy a Tesla.
In the autumn, the manufacturer reached a milestone: Tesla had then deployed more than 20,000 charging points at more than 2,000 stations worldwide. In addition, the company has steadily upgraded its older chargers to cope with ever higher effects.
Just before New Year, Tesla was able to boast a new feat – a new record when it comes to the size of the charging station. In Shanghai, at the Jing’an International Center, the inauguration ribbon was cut for a facility with 72 chargers. This means that you increase your previous record of 56 chargers.
Electrification wave in China
However, it should be mentioned that the Chinese chargers “only” can handle 120 kW – not the 250 kW that the upgraded V3 chargers do. On the other hand, the station is not located by a motorway where motorists can be expected to want fast charging for long journeys.
Having 72 chargers at one and the same station may sound like a lot, but considering how fast the electrification wave sweeps across China, we may soon see even larger Supercharger stations. In November alone, Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai produced 23,000 Teslas, most of which went to the Chinese market.