Amid competing narratives on whether Chinese regulators had been ratcheting up pressure on e-vehicle industry trailblazer Tesla Inc. to free up rooms for their home-grown EV start-ups, the Palo Alto, California-based world’s No.
1 automaker by market valuation had reportedly stepped up engagement with Chinese regulators and muscled up its government lobbying team, industry sources had unveiled late on Monday on condition of anonymity given the scale of sensitivity of the issue.
In factuality, Chinese regulators had been piling up pressures on Tesla Inc. over recent weeks regarding the US-based carmaker’s safety and customer service complaints. Aside from that, latest move from Chinese regulators to somewhat deliberately suppress the Tesla Inc.
activities in China came forth as the world’s second-largest economy seemed to be trying to establish its dominance over a number of powerful private companies, in particular in tech sector.
Tesla engages in rare closed-door gathering with Chinese regulators
Concomitantly, it has been usual for top-tier manufacturers to discuss industry policies and standards with local peers alongside think tanks in China, but, unlike smaller rivals Toyota Motors and GM, Tesla Inc.
had always avoided closed-door meets with regulators. However, in recent weeks, Tesla executives in China had joined at least four closed-door meetings with the policymakers to discuss a swathe of topics ranging from data storage to vehicle communication technology to carbon emission, at least four people familiar with the matter had unveiled.
On top of that, according to two recruitment ads posted on Tesla’s WeChat account last month, the Californian carmaker was looking to hire managers in a bid to flesh up its Government lobbying team to “build a harmonious external environment to support Tesla's business development in the regional market,” though it was not made clear how many managers Tesla Inc. would require to improve Government relations.