Tesla has quickly built a Supercharger factory in China, which is now starting production. The number of charging stations will grow rapidly from now on.
Building its own network of charging stations is an important part of Tesla’s success. While all the other automakers were pushing the chicken-and-egg problem, Tesla didn’t care whether electric cars had to roll off the assembly line first, or whether there had to be a large number of charging stations first: The Californians simply built both. And Tesla keeps up the pressure: The electric carmaker develops and produces the Supercharger charging stations itself – now it has opened a new Supercharger plant in China, which should massively accelerate the growth of the global Supercharger network.
Tesla has built the charging station factory in record time – but that much time is needed: To mark the start of production, there’s a Supercharger festively draped in a red cloth.
Tight schedule met early
Tesla first built its Superchargers at its main plant in Fremont, California, then production moved to Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York State. The factory, leased by Tesla subsidiary SolarCity, makes photovoltaic equipment, including solar panels that look like roof tiles. In 2020, Tesla announced plans to raise a Supercharger factory near its Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China. Tesla has now delivered on its promise to start production there as early as February 2021.