China has ambitious electrification plans, but a lack of common charging standards has been a major roadblock. In September the State Council announced a major infrastructure initiative that called for deploying 4.5 million charging points.
Now the country has developed a new charging standard that supports both DC fast charging and Level 2 charging. No one is happier than Tesla, which is eager to sell more cars in the Middle Kingdom. The California company has announced the Tesla Charging Partnership Program to promote the new national standard.
Tesla’s Asia-Pacific Vice President, Ren Yuxiang, introduced the program at the new China Quality Certification Center (CQC). “Although the new national standard has been published, the implementation of standards still faces many challenges. Tesla actively supports the new national standard.”
The new program will help partners to get certified with testing that will be performed at the CQC. “The Tesla Charging Partnership Program encourages partners to get the voluntary certification by CQC. Tesla will preferably go through CQC-certified enterprises and products, and further testing center [sic] in China to accelerate the newly established interconnection standard.”
Tesla already operates dozens of charging stations in China, both Superchargers and Destination Chargers. The company is expected to adapt these stations to make them compatible with the new standard.