Turkish firm to install Tesla’s supercharging stations
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
Turkish firm Gersan Inc. will install the world’s fastest electric vehicle charging stations, the Tesla Superchargers, the company’s sales and marketing manager Mustafa Serdar Şalcı told Anadolu Agency on Jan. 15.
Speaking exclusively to Anadolu Agency, Şalcı said the confidentiality agreement, signed last month between Gersan Inc. and Tesla Motors Netherlands B.V., will firstly include the assembly and installation of Tesla’s Superchargers and also AC/DC charging stations in Turkey.
“For now, we will only engage in the assembly of the Tesla Superchargers. However, as we gain experience, we will stay in contact with Tesla on the production of the Superchargers and for producing our own Tesla-compatible products. These will be handled under different agreements,” he asserted.
Şalcı confirmed that Gersan Inc. has already started feasibility studies for locations where the Superchargers will be installed with the aim of ensuring Tesla users can charge their cars all around the country.
The company plans to install Superchargers as well as AC/DC stations at a maximum distance of 200 kilometers, especially in intercity routes having followed developments very closely in housing, shopping malls, public spaces and carparks, Şalcı said.
He noted that the company will initially invest nearly 10 million Turkish Liras (approx. $2.6 million) but added that further investments would be required to increase the capacity and speed of the chargers.
Regarding future plans for Turkey’s first electric car, Şalcı said the company plans to contribute to Turkey’s domestically produced electric-engine car by producing software for electric cars that is compatible with the charging stations.
“The automobile is a technology on its own while the charging technology that will allow the automobile to run is another. In this sense, we are sure we can add to this product in terms of both base stations and computational facilities for the cars to be compatible with the charging stations,” he said.
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