Chinese Tesla owner's unique solution to range anxiety
Chinese businessman Yi Zong decided to install charging stations himself after he purchased his Tesla earlier this year. He realized that charging his vehicle would be a problem in China because, well, there are few stations in that country. Zong installed recharging facilities on his own dime, or yuan as the case may be, in 16 cities between Beijing and his home in Guangzhou — a 3,573-mile corridor.
Zong, one of the first Chinese owners of the Model S, calls his project the country's "first electric-charging road," according to a report at Caixin Online, a Beijing-based media group.
Basically, Zong needed a way to get his new Tesla home from the dealership; his idea evolved to a "demonstration of the power of Internet-based organizing and a grassroots alternative to government-backed charging-facility projects," the Caixin report says.
His first idea was to bring a charger with him and ask to use power outlets at the hotels he stayed at along the way. But he didn't just want to drive back home once, he wanted to set up a route that could be used by future drivers of electric cars.
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