Tesla opens solar-powered charging station in Tibet’s “city of the sun”


Tesla has launched a solar-powered supercharger station in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, capitalizing on the city’s excess sunshine, as the US electric vehicle maker is launching an energy division in China.

Because it receives 3,000 hours of sunlight per year, Lhasa is an ideal location for the power station, which uses a photovoltaic system to generate electricity which can then be stored for future use in a storage system. energy, Tesla said in a publication published Wednesday on Chinese social networks.

The project marks Tesla’s latest effort to create an energy and transportation ecosystem for purely electric vehicles using solar production and energy storage.

In 2016, Tesla bought California-based solar panel installer SolarCity for $ 2.6 billion, marking its first major step in the solar business. The company’s solar services now include Solar Roof, a rooftop solar generation system, and Powerwall, a compact home battery system that stores solar energy for use when the sun is not shining.

On Tuesday, Electrek, a US-based news site that covers electric transportation in general and Tesla in particular, announced that the company is launching an energy division called Tesla Energy in China to sell Solar Roof and Powerwall products in the country. Tesla has become a well-known brand in China due to the growing popularity of its locally produced Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.

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