Tesla Motors has launched the “Tesla Charging Partnership Program” in China to promote a national electric vehicle charging standard.
The Chinese government has developed a new charging standard to more efficiently deploy a charging infrastructure capable of supporting the up to five million electric vehicles it hopes to get on the roads by 2020. Tesla had installed its own stations in China, including a network of Supercharger fast-charging stations, along with some Level 2 stations. Details on the national standards have yet to be released, but Tesla is in discussions with the Chinese government on cooperating with the new national standard in its implementation.
“Although the new national standard has been published, but the implementation of standards in the ground still face many challenges, Tesla actively support the new national standard, co-sponsored with the CQC ‘Tesla charging Partnership Project’, and charging partners to promote the implementation of the new national standard, as always, including China, to make positive efforts to change global sustainable energy,“ said Ren Yuxiang, Tesla’s vice president of Asia-Pacific, as he introduced the program at the new China Quality Certification Center (CQC).
Tesla will work through CQC certified enterprises, products, and the testing center to accelerate the newly established interconnection standard, the company said. The government is encouraging automakers to gain voluntary certification by CGC.
The new Chinese charging standard supports both DC fast-charging and level 2 charging. The government is striving to see about 12,000 public charging stations and 4.5 million chargers installed across China, which could require an investment of up to $20 billion.
As Tesla has invested in delivering and marketing cars in China’s fast-growing electric vehicle market, educating car shoppers on their driving range and charging options has been a challenge. Last year, Tesla cited these misconceptions as a key cause to slow sales in China. The company has been giving new customers a home wall-charger at no cost, with free installation in their home, to alleviate some of their concerns and misconceptions.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted that some of that incorrect information about charging vehicles even came from within the company.
“This sounds kind of brain-dead, but our sales team was telling people that it was difficult to charge in China, even though this is not true,” Musk earlier said.