Tesla bulks up Hong Kong operations

Tesla plans to double its Hong Kong workforce to over 100 people by the end of the year, and has hired a country director for the Chinese city.

“Hong Kong could potentially be the place to showcase the success of electric vehicles to the rest of Asia,” said Veronica Wu, Tesla’s VP for China operations. “We want Hong Kong to be the Norway of Asia. The Hong Kong Government is very open to the idea of electric vehicles and very committed to supporting sustainability.”

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Tesla began deliveries of right-hand-drive Model S in Hong Kong in July. The former British colony could serve as a bridgehead to the enormous Chinese market, which Elon Musk has said may generate as many sales as the US as early as 2015.

Tesla currently has two Supercharger stations in Hong Kong and 16 in mainland China, and hopes to quickly expand the network.


Source: Bloomberg via Automotive News
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