Tesla is considering resetting sales to China

Tesla is considering resetting sales to China

Sources have told Reuters that the automaker is rethinking how it sells electric cars in the country.

It can reportedly close showrooms in cities like Beijing, where visitor numbers have dropped during the health crisis.

Sources say the changes would put more pressure on stores in lower-priced neighborhoods that could do with renovations.

Tesla is working on CEO Elon Musk’s goal of improving customer service.

The automaker has been the target of a series of consumer complaints and lawsuits in China.

Some government media have criticized the company.

According to the source, Tesla would like to hire more technicians and other workers for service work in China.

On Thursday (September 15), more than 300 service jobs were advertised on a Chinese recruitment website.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tesla is the second largest EV brand in China, behind local competitor BYD, and has more than 200 stores across the country.

But more than half do not offer maintenance services because they are in high-rent areas where space is limited.

Tesla sold 400,000 Chinese-made Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in the first eight months of the year.

60% of that was sold domestically – more than a year earlier, according to the China Passenger Car Association.