Tesla plans to open a design and research centre in China to make “Chinese-style” vehicles. Tesla’s first factory outside the United States is in the eastern city of Shanghai, and it started delivering China-made Model 3 vehicles this month.
Wednesday’s notice sought to recruit designers and other staff to help fulfil the goal, and called for applications by Feb. 1, but did not identify the centre’s location.
“In order to achieve a shift of ‘Made in China’ to ‘Designed in China’, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has proposed a very cool thing – set up a design and research centre in China,” it read.
It was not fixed that when the center will open at china, however.
Last week, Musk launched a Model Y electric sports utility vehicle programme at the $2 billion factory, with an on-stage dance that raised an online storm.
The company does not provide any timeline on when the center will begin operations.
The stock move was fuelled by a surprise third-quarter profit, progress at the new China factory and better-than-expected fourth quarter deliveries. (Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)