A Fast Electric Car Charging Station Launched By Tesla In Berlin With More To Come

The working and efficiency of a new supercharger equipment developed and installed at its Berlin research campus was demonstrated by managers of the United States based electric car maker Tesla Inc on Thursday.

The company said that more target cities were being looked at by it to attract potential buyers for this technology who are worried about getting access to charging facilities for electric vehicles – which are growing in numbers all across the world.

“Now, as part of our commitment to make Tesla ownership easy and convenient for everyone including those without immediate access to home or workplace charging, we are expanding out supercharging network into city centres,” said Jeroen van Tilburg, manager Europe of charging infrastructure at Tesla.

At least one more inner-city fast charging site would be opened by the company in Germany in 2020 with possibilities for more such stations, a company spokesman told reporters. The US company – which is the currently the most valuable car maker of the world despite a recent rout in its stock prices last week, however still believes that the main way to charge its electric vehicles is the slow workplace and residential charging, the spokesperson said, but added that the company also wanted to offer a faster option for charging.  

The ne charging stations, that are being called V3 chargers, is powerful enough to completely charge a Model 3 car of Tesla within a time period of just five minutes and the resultant change would be enough for the car to travel 120 kilometres or 75 miles at a stretch.

All relevant software upgrades would be provided for older Tesla models.

The German government is no focusing on increasing the use of electric vehicles and cars to reduce the impact of pollution originating from fossil fuel powered vehicles.

“We have a lot to make up for in terms of charging infrastructure,” said Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier at the event.

The lack of public fast charging points – just like gas stations, has been pointed out to be one of the major inhibitors to the fast growth of electric vehicle purchasing. In this context he further reiterated pledges to speed up the roll-out of public charging points as well as providing permits for private charging.

Buyers of are electric vehicles re are now being offered incentives and helps bump up power grids according to the latest legislation for a green-led recovery in Germany after the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis.

Tesla has chosen a site near Berlin for a new factory due to start operating next year. According to report published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper on Thursday citing the economy minister of Brandenburg state, the factory had the potential to create 40,000 jobs.

(Adapted from LiveMint.com)

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