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Tesla Gets Green Light for China Design Centre in Beijing

In late January Beijing municipal government listed EV facilities that could proceed this year – in a work report in which it listed key projects for the city in 2022


The Tesla logo. Photo: Matthew Childs, Reuters.

 

US electric carmaker Tesla plans to locate its China design centre in Beijing, a government document issued by the Chinese capital has revealed.

Tesla said in 2020 it planned to open such a centre in the country to make “Chinese-style” vehicles but has not said where it would be. Last year, Reuters reported that the studio could be in Shanghai, where its factory is located, or Beijing.

But in late January the Beijing municipal government made the disclosure in a work report in which it listed key projects for the city in 2022.

It briefly listed a number of electric vehicle facilities that it said it would push forward with construction this year, without giving further details. Besides Tesla, it also mentioned Xiaomi Corp’s planned car plant and Toyota Motor’s fuel cell research centre.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Local media and the Wall Street Journal earlier reported on the Beijing government document.

Tesla started delivery of vehicles from its Shanghai factory at the end of 2019 and is ramping up production amid surging sales. The country has also become an export hub for Teslas headed to Europe and other markets.

 

• Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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