As per the Plan, China Unicom Ltd. Would provide space for construction as well as basic services to 120 cities and Tesla would operate the stations. 20 supercharger stations would be built by the companies in 20 cities for offering high speed charging.
China has been seen as a promising market owing to the support of Beijing for technology and eagerness for reducing smog. However, the major hurdle in winning general acceptance comes from lack of charging infrastructure.
The first U.S manufactured electric sedans were delivered by Tesla to Chinese customers in the month of April. Then, Elon Musk, the CEO said that the company had plans of investing several hundred million dollars for building charging network in China.
With this cooperation, the charging network of Tesla would be accelerated nationwide. Plans were announced by BMW AG for setting up around 50 charging stations in partnership with State Grid, a real estate developer and biggest state-owned utility of China.
Chinese developers wish to develop an electric car industry and in 2009, called in for annual sales of around 500,000 electric cars by the year 2015. However, those plans are scaled back. On road, the country has around 78,000 electric vehicles and most of them are taxies and public buses. There has been a slow growth in the industry owing to rules through which market access is limited.
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