Tesla is looking to say “ni hao” (hello) to China like gangbusters, teaming with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (or Sinopec) to arm the country with a network of charging units, the Chinese media reported Monday.
The bold move will bring the popular Model S to the most populated country in the world, a region Tesla CEO Elon Musk is hoping to do lots of business in.
The network of charging stations will be simpatico with Sinopec’s nationwide service-station network, allowing Tesla owners to charge their vehicle for free and drive long distances.
Charging facilities will be made by China’s largest oil refiner in Beijing, followed by set ups in the port city of Tianjin and Hebei province. Tesla is also training third party electricians as part of the network.
The move into China will be watched closely by other electronic car manufacturers across the globe as entry into the Chinese market is important for the county to reach its target of 5 million alternative-energy powered vehicles by 2020.
The country is marred with heavy air pollution, so it seems the Chinese government will be saying “xie, xie” (thank you) to Musk and company very soon.
Service stations will eventually open in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu by the end of this year, according to reports.