Perhaps the biggest barrier to mainstream adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is the charging infrastructure currently available in most places. However, Tesla China has been building new Supercharger stations rapidly, with new charging stalls popping up nearly every week.
According to @42how_, five new Tesla Supercharger stations opened last week in mainland China for a total of 45 new charging stalls, based on an email from the company. This number brings the country up to over 760 Supercharger stations, with 6,090 stalls now covering more than 310 cities across China.
Last week (March 15-21), 5 new #Tesla supercharging stations with 45 stalls were open in mainland China. Now there are 760+ supercharging stations with 6090+ stalls, covering 310+ cities. $TSLA pic.twitter.com/mVNjkk7OZ5
— 42HOW (@42how_) March 23, 2021
In February, Tesla began production at its Shanghai Supercharger factory, where the company expects to produce up to 10,000 new Superchargers every year. Tesla just placed its 700th Supercharger station in early January, with over 60 more coming in the few months since.
Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai began offering tours earlier this month, for the first time ever since the factory’s opening amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, Tesla was officially banned in China for use by military personnel, for fears that the vehicles’ cameras were able to spy and report information back to the US government. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was quick to deny the claims, stating that the company didn’t share user data with the Chinese or the US government, and later going on to praise China’s emission-reducing efforts and the country’s market as a whole.
Zachary Visconti is a writer with a knack for electric vehicles, technology, and climate change. Currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, Zach loves his partner, his cat, and a good cup of coffee.