Polestar to Use Tesla’s Supercharger Network in China
Polestar has announced a strategic partnership with Tesla to connect to its Supercharger network in China.
The announcement, made by Polestar China CEO Shen Ziyu, positions Polestar as one of the first partners to share Tesla’s charging infrastructure in the region. This development is a significant step in Polestar’s plan to establish its own charging service system in China, reports CnEVPost.
Polestar’s efforts include constructing its charging network and gaining access to additional third-party charging stations. By the first quarter of the next year, Polestar aims to have built 60 of its charging stations in China and will have access to over 550,000 third-party charging piles, as stated by Shen.
Polestar, initially a Volvo Cars brand, now operates independently with joint funding from Geely and Volvo, focusing on premium electric vehicles. The company, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, became public on NASDAQ in June 2022 through a SPAC merger.
All Polestar models are currently manufactured in China. The company recently announced the first production of Polestar 4 at a Geely plant in Hangzhou, with deliveries expected to begin by the end of 2023. Starting in 2025, Polestar plans to integrate the North American Charging Standard connector in its electric vehicles.
SAIC Motor, a joint venture with General Motors, was the first car brand in China to announce a connection to Tesla’s charging network, planning to access it by the end of this year.
Tesla’s network in China includes 10 superchargers and over 200 destination charging stations available to non-Tesla vehicles, following Tesla’s April announcement to open its supercharging network to other EV brands in the Chinese mainland and several other markets.