Tesla to deliver cars meeting China charging standards

Updated 2017-10-16 23:01:54 Xinhua

Tesla announced Monday that it would deliver its modified Model S and Model X vehicles to the Chinese market ensuring it met national charging standards.

The models will be slightly modified to meet the standards for Chinese chargers.

The move will give Tesla customers more charging options besides Tesla's own charging network. Starting Monday, the company will provide free adaptors to customers who have earlier models.

Tesla has built over 700 super chargers in China, and the number is expected to top 1,000 by the end of 2017. Tesla's own electric charging network already covers more than 170 cities in China.

The new move is in support of China's new energy vehicles (NEVs) industry, according to the company.

In 2016, China sold 507,000 NEVs, an increase of 53 percent year on year. Sales of pure electric vehicles surged 65.1 percent year on year to 409,000, accounting for 80 percent of new energy vehicle sales.

A guideline by the State Council says China will build more than 12,000 new charging stations before 2020 to fulfill the demands of over 5 million NEVs.

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