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

Stock MarketsJun 23, 2021 09:32AM ET
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BEIJING (Reuters) -U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Inc has opened a solar-powered charging station with on-site power storage in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, the company said in a Weibo (NASDAQ:WB) post on Wednesday, its first such facility in China.

Tesla does not have a showroom in Tibet, a remote and long-impoverished region. In its post, the company cited the ample sunlight in the mountainous area as behind the move.

China is Tesla's second-biggest market, but the charging site is its first in the country with dedicated solar power and on-site power storage. China's power grid is predominantly fueled by coal.

The carmaker moved into the solar business in 2016 with its $2.6 billion purchase of California-based SolarCity, and has said it is keen to develop its energy business.

The company's solar services include Solar Roof, a power generating system meant to look like normal roof tiles, and Powerwall, which can store power generated by solar panels.

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

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

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Ur Daddy
Ur Daddy Jun 23, 2021 1:58PM ET
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do they even have paved roads in tibet? don't they use donkeys only?
Serqei Saleev
Serqei Saleev Jun 23, 2021 1:34PM ET
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I love Tesla
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 23, 2021 10:00AM ET
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Reuters is China propaganda. They post almost Everything positive for China. When bitcoin was down, it is China, the down will be ‘blood bath’. Bitcoin jumped for the last 2 days, cricket from Reuters.
David Sather
David Sather Jun 23, 2021 9:56AM ET
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If tibet wasnt china dali lama still b there
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour Jun 23, 2021 9:47AM ET
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Why am I being censored?
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Enron Mask Jun 23, 2021 9:41AM ET
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Tibet is NOT China
David Sather
David Sather Jun 23, 2021 9:41AM ET
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Yes it is
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 23, 2021 9:41AM ET
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David Sather Tibet was independent until China took it. Now they force Tibetians to mate with Chinese.
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Joseph Armour Jun 23, 2021 9:38AM ET
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We don't need charging stations. We need cars with batteries that can be swapped on the fly in less than 2 minutes-preferably one. Then we need 'Battery swapping stations'. No one has time to wait for a battery to charge when on the move during a typical day. When was the last time you sat at a gas station for ten minutes waiting for a pump?
Gg Charles
Gg Charles Jun 23, 2021 9:38AM ET
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When was the last time you drove more than 200 miles "around town"? Car is fully charged at home each night. Charging stations are rarely needed for the average person.
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I understand your criticism but i dont see the positive
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tesla is a aerstock and need one bad thing and it exploding
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Are you sure you want to publish positive news on Tesla, please think twice, it's against your management policy, don't put your job at stake
 
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