car maker Tesla has plans to manufacture in China in the next “three to four
Bloomberg reports that Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk made the comments, as well as saying the company
is building a “big” network of charging stations.
“China is very important to the future of Tesla,” Musk said,
according to Bloomberg.
“We’re going to make a big investment in China in terms of charging infrastructure.”
By making cars in the world’s largest auto market, Tesla
would also avoid the current 25 per cent tariff its exports to China are lumped
with. It also hopes to qualify for local electric car subsidies.
Musk will also attend a conference tomorrow for the first delivery
of his company’s cars to Chinese customers, which has been delayed.
The Wall Street Journal reports that businessman Sam Long, a Chinese
customer, and 22 others have hired attorneys to deal with Tesla over
A spokesman for the car maker, Simon Sproule, said that
shipments outside of Beijing and Shanghai wouldn’t happen before June due to a
lack of infrastructure.
“You would never sell any brand unless you have the
tools to service it,” said Sproule.