World Tesla steps up engagement with Chinese regulators: Report
Tesla says it appears driver was at the wheel in crash
Tesla said Monday scrutiny of wreckage from a fatal crash in Texas indicates that someone was at the wheel, contrary to an early report that the driver's seat was empty. Tesla came under renewed scrutiny last week following a report its cars could be fooled into driving with no one behind the wheel, with two senators demanding a vigorous federal probe of the crash. The accident, which killed two people, involved a Tesla Model S that caught fire after hitting a tree late on April 17 near Houston. Investigators found no one in the driver's seat of the vehicle, local police said.
United States-based electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc, facing scrutiny in China over safety and customer service complaints, is boosting its engagement with mainland regulators and beefing up its government relations team, industry sources have told the Reuters news agency.
Tesla’s change of strategy leading to more behind-the-scenes interaction with policymakers in Beijing compared with relatively little previously shows the seriousness with which the automaker views the setbacks in its second-biggest market, Reuters reported on Monday.
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It also comes at a time when China is trying to regulate large and powerful private companies, especially in the technology sector, on concerns about their market dominance.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday, a public holiday in China.
As they do elsewhere, regulators in China, the world’s biggest auto market, discuss industry policies and standards with global and local companies, industry associations and think-tanks.
Manufacturers typically join such meetings in China but unlike rivals including Toyota Motor and General Motors Co, Tesla officials were largely absent from the closed-door gatherings, according to four people familiar with the matter.
Instead, Tesla officials regularly speak at high-profile industry conferences. Outside China, Tesla’s outspoken Chief Executive Elon Musk regularly takes to Twitter to comment on or criticise regulators or rules.
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But in past weeks, Tesla executives attended at least four policy discussions, on topics including auto data storage, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technologies, car recycling and carbon emissions, the people said.
California-based Tesla, which makes electric Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles at its own plant in Shanghai, did not make notable commitments at the meetings but participated in some discussions, they said.
Tesla is also expanding its government relationship team in China, one of the sources said.
According to two recruitment advertisements in April on its WeChat account, Tesla is hiring managers to update a policy database and maintain relationships with government and industry associations to “build a harmonious external environment to support Tesla’s business development in the regional market.”
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It was not immediately clear how many managers Tesla was planning to hire for government relations.
Accounting for roughly 30 percent of Tesla’s global sales, China is the automaker’s second-biggest market after the US and helped it post record first-quarter vehicle deliveries.
Pressure has been building over the past few months on Tesla’s mostly excellent relations with Beijing.
In February, Chinese regulators summoned it over consumer reports of battery fires, unexpected acceleration and failures in over-the-air software updates.
And in March, Tesla came under scrutiny when the military banned its cars from entering its complexes, citing security concerns over vehicle cameras, sources told Reuters at the time. Days later, Musk appeared by video at a high-level forum, saying that if Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, it would be shut down.
Last month, state media and regulators homed in on Tesla after a customer, angry over the handling of her complaint about malfunctioning brakes, climbed on top of a Tesla car in protest at the Shanghai auto show. Videos of the incident went viral.
Grace Tao, a Tesla vice president who heads its government relations effort in China, was criticised in state media last month after she was quoted in a media interview questioning whether the aggrieved customer was acting on her own.
In response to the different complaints, Tesla has said it would set up a China data centre, launch self-inspection to improve services and work with regulators.
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