Tesla mulls cars tailored to China amid mounting criticisms

Tesla is working on vehicles suitable for Chinese consumers, accusing the country of sending the trend of electric vehicles via the Internet. Tesla, a Chinese business news outlet, told the 21st Century Business Herald during a Shanghai auto show this week that Tesla is a vice president.

He added that advanced vehicles in China would also sell worldwide. At the same auto event on Monday, a woman appeared at the Tesla booth, climbed on top of a Tesla car and shouted complaints about the company’s faulty brakes. The man later arrested for damaging a vehicle, and told Tesla microblogging platform Weibo that his car had crashed because it had exceeded the speed limit, not a quality car.

Nevertheless, the protesters gained widespread sympathy when his video spread online. Many users joined in excited about their Tesla problem. Posts with the hashtag “Tesla Stands to Rights for Rights” have garnered 220 million views on the web in two days. Tesla China said in a statement posted on Weibo in response to the incident, “We are keen to work with national and authoritarian third party organizations to thoroughly inspect issues raised by the public from the outset. By doing this we want to win reassurance and understanding from consumers.” 

“However we have not yet been able to fulfill this wish, basically our ways of communicating with customers can be problematic. Second, we cannot decide how we want our customers to solve these problems.” Like Western countries, Tesla has followed a religion in China. In addition, alongside Apple, it is one of the few American technology giants to have a strong presence in China. Last year, Tesla drove about 500,000 vehicles worldwide and contributed 20% to China’s revenue.

However, the company also faces competition from Chinese homegrown challengers. Xpeng, Neo and Lee Auto, well-funded startups, as well as old-school artisans with the help of high-tech companies like Huawei, are ready to take a piece of the Tesla market. Chinese-designed vehicles are already looking for a place in the more patriotic crowd. There is no point in the Chinese government continuing to investigate Tesla further. In January, the firm summoned by local regulators for quality concerns, shortly after which several thousand vehicles in the country were recalled. The Wall Street Journal reported in March that the government had banned the use of Tesla through military means rather than national security concerns. Elon Musk later said that his company would shut down if spying used.