Tesla delivers its first eight Model S in China
It needed the direct presence of the President and co-founder Elon Musk to unlock the Tesla issue in China. The manager has arrived in Beijing where the carmaker has organized a brief ceremony at Tesla’s office in a Beijing industrial park to celebrate the official distribution of its first eight Model S electric sedans to customers in China.
Musk announced that Tesla probably will invest several hundred million dollars in charging infrastructure in China. Musk said also that the carmaker will open several hundred service centers.
Tesla expects to take advantage of the willingness of the Chinese government in order to spread throughout the country alternatives fuels to solve or at least to stem as much as possible the problem of pollution in some cities of the country that is now really beyond the danger level.
Musk hoped to start in advance to distribute cars in China and at this point is obviously almost impossible to meet the original target to sell about 5,000 Model S by the end of the year.
In any case, the Chinese adventure of the Palo Alto company has finally begun and the President remains optimistic on the future with Tesla that might try to manufacture cars in China in three to four years.
Musk said Tesla is still deciding where in the United States to build what it says could be the biggest factory to produce lithium-ion batteries. The company is looking at four states — Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas. At this regard it's possible an alliance with Panasonic.