Tesla opens solar charging station in Tibet, its first in China

BEIJING, June 23 (Reuters) – U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has opened a solar-powered charging station with on-site energy storage in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, the company said on Wednesday in a statement. article by Weibo, its first such installation in China.

Tesla does not have a showroom in Tibet, a remote and long-impoverished region. In its post, the company cited the great sunshine in the mountainous region as the cause of the move.

China is Tesla’s second-largest market, but the charging site is the country’s first with dedicated solar power and on-site energy storage. The Chinese electricity grid is mainly powered by coal.

The automaker entered the solar business in 2016 with its $ 2.6 billion purchase of California-based SolarCity, and has said it wants to expand its energy business.

The company’s solar services include Solar Roof, a power generation system designed to look like normal roof tiles, and Powerwall, which can store energy generated by solar panels.

Last year Tesla, which makes electric vehicles in Shanghai, posted job vacancies for solar and energy storage project managers in China.

Reporting by Yilei Sun and Tony Munroe; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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