According to khabarkhodro,Tesla has come forward to
dispel rumors about a site for another China factory, though it won't comment
on specific plans.
Reportedly, rumors have been bouncing around about
Tesla's potential plans for a second automotive factory in China. This would
come as no surprise since the company was able to build and open its first
China-based factory quickly, and it's experiencing huge success in the market.
Meanwhile, the current US administration isn't acting as though it's very
supportive of Tesla as a whole.
Aside from some controversy and media-related issues
earlier this year, Tesla has been welcomed in China. Unlike the situation
surrounding its factory in Berlin, China helped move Tesla's construction along
very quickly, and now, it seems the factory is able to produce many more
vehicles per year than originally anticipated.
However, with the growth of the EV segment in China, one
factory may not be enough. Rather than branch out to other parts of the world
where Tesla might experience issues and delays similar to the situation in
Europe, why not just build another factory in China and continue exporting EVs
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently stated that the automaker
hasn't decided on a location for a fourth factory. This cam afters rumors that
the factory might find a home in Russia. Now, with these rumors flowing about
China, Tesla has issued a statement. While Tesla's US-based arm doesn't
typically issue statements, and it has no PR department, its China-based
operations have dialed up their communication and cooperation with the press,
the government, and individuals.
Electrek reports that Tesla's head of government affairs
and public relations Grace Tao has made it clear that the potential for a Tesla
factory in Qingdao, China is a rumor. However, she didn't say the prospects of
a second factory in China is a rumor. She said she can't talk about the
numerous inquiries "one by one." Tao's statement reads as follows:
"Tesla is very honored to contribute to the development
of China’s new energy industry, and will continue to firmly increase its
investment in China. Recently, I have received many inquiries from the media
about the second factory, but I cannot answer them one by one. To everyone, the
information on the site of Tesla’s second factory on the Internet is not true.
Thanks to all friends who care about and support Tesla’s development.”
Tao could have easily dispelled both rumors in the same
statement. She could have said the location is a rumor since Tesla isn't
looking for a site for a second factory in China. Moreover, even though she
says she can't answer the inquiries one by one, she answers one of the inquires
in the statement.
Perhaps people are reading into this too much. What do
you think? Is Tesla planning a second factory in China? Leave us a comment.