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Polestar Joins Tesla’s Supercharger Network in China, Expanding Charging Access for EV Owners

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Polestar, the electric vehicle manufacturer, has announced its integration into Tesla’s Supercharger network in China, following in the footsteps of SAIC-GM, which revealed a similar collaboration earlier this month.

CEO Shen Ziyu of Polestar China unveiled the plan, emphasizing that the company has entered into a partnership with Tesla to become one of the initial collaborators utilizing the extensive charging station network in China.

Polestar’s move is part of its broader strategy to develop its own charging system. During this transition, owners of Polestar electric vehicles will gain access to an expanded charging network, including Tesla Superchargers. The company aims to establish 60 Polestar charging stations in China and connect with over 550,000 third-party charging stations.

Polestar now stands as the second automaker to forge a partnership with Tesla in China. SAIC General Motors made history on November 10 as the first to announce such an alliance. The agreement stipulates that, starting in late 2023, owners of all-electric Cadillac and Buick models based on GM’s Ultium platform in China will be granted access to Tesla Superchargers and Destination Chargers.

In a noteworthy move earlier in June, Polestar had declared its intention to incorporate the North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector design into its electric vehicles intended for the North American market, signaling the initial steps of broader collaboration between the two companies.

Tesla’s Supercharger network, traditionally exclusive to Tesla vehicle owners, has progressively opened its doors to other electric vehicle brands in a bid to foster wider electric vehicle adoption. The initiative began in Europe and subsequently expanded to Australia and the USA, reaching China in the spring of 2023. Presently, mainland China hosts 10 Supercharger stations and over 200 Destination Chargers.

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