In a development that marks the setting up of infrastructure for electric vehicles, managers at Tesla demonstrated a new supercharger in a research campus at Berlin saying, they were looking to target more cities to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure to increase the traction of EVs for potential buyers.
“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 centers,” said Jeroen van Tilburg, manager Europe of charging infrastructure at Tesla.
Tesla’s spokesman said, the carmaker aims to open at least one, if not more, inner-city fast charging facility in Germany this year. He went on to add, While Tesla believes in slow workplace and residential charging as the main way to charge EVs, nevertheless, it also offers quicker charging options.
Tesla’s V3 charger now allows Model 3 cars to travel 75 miles (120 kilometres) after just five minutes of charging.
Older Tesla models are set to receive software upgrades.
German policymakers aim to boost demand for electric cars to cut emissions.
“We have a lot to make up for in terms of charging infrastructure,” said Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier.
Altmaier also reiterated pledges to speed the roll-out of public charging points and permits for private charging; this had hampered EV sales in the past.
Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory is scheduled to commence operation in 2021.
According to a report from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Tesla’s Berlin factory has the potential to create 40,000 jobs.