|Tesla’s change of strategy leading to more behind-the-scenes interaction with policymakers in Beijing compared to relatively little previously shows the seriousness with which the U.S. automaker views the setbacks in its second-biggest market. (Photo from newss4u website)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] Industry sources said that electric vehicle maker Tesla, facing scrutiny in China over safety and customer service complaints, is boosting its engagement with mainland regulators and beefing up its government relations team, Reuters reported.
Tesla's change of strategy leading to more behind-the-scenes interaction with policymakers in Beijing compared to relatively little previously shows the seriousness with which the US automaker views the setbacks in its second-biggest market. It also comes amid China trying to regulate large and powerful private companies, especially in the technology sector, on concerns about their market dominance. Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday (May 3), 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 criticize regulators or rules. Tesla is also expanding its government relations team in China, one of the sources said.