Tesla forced to close electric charging stations in China due to heat wave

The southern region of China is currently experiencing an unprecedented heat wave, where temperatures have hit record highs for more than 70 consecutive days. This led to an electricity crisis, with demand for electricity also reaching record highs.

As a result, Tesla closed some of its superchargers in Chengdu and Chongqing.

According to a Bloomberg report, more than a dozen superchargers in both cities have either been disabled or their services have been restricted. Local media report that only two are still in operation and only late at night when electricity demand is lowest.

Its competitor NIO in the same situation

It’s not just Tesla that’s been affected. Rival automaker Nio has also notified owners via its mobile app that some battery swapping stations in Chengdu are also offline. because of a ” heavy overload on the network under persistent high temperatures “.

Although the electricity crisis did not directly affect Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai, it did impact some of their suppliers. The government restricted industrial electricity use from Aug. 15 to 20 in major industrial hubs in Sichuan.

This measure was extended on August 21, after Tesla asked for help from the authorities to support the power supply of its suppliers.

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