This is Part 2 in our series about the problems Tesla is facing in China. Part 1, about stores and service centers, was published on February 11. Today we take a look at Tesla’s Supercharger network in China, which is far too small to cover the whole country. How many stations do they have now, and why don’t they have more?
Yesterday Reuters reported that Tesla sold only 120 cars in China in January. CEO Elon Musk might fire whoever he wants, but sales won’t get any better soon. We will tell you why not in a brand new series on Tesla’s operations in China, starting today with Part 1:
Tesla doesn’t have enough stores and service centers in China
According to Tesla’s China website the company has ten stores (‘experience centers’) and only three (03) service centers. That is not much for the largest car market in the world, in a country of 1.4 billion people. The number is even less impressive than it seems because most stores double as service centers. A closer look:
More bad news for Tesla in China. Anonymous sources from within Tesla told Reuters the company only sold 120 cars in China in January, and that CEO Elon Musk is threatening to fire country managers. Reuters says that Musk “threatened to fire or demote country managers if they are ‘not on a clear path to positive long-term cash flow.'” Two top China managers left the company in 2014.
The Cowin Auto i-CX SUV will see production in 2016. Interestingly, Cowin Auto has announced that the final looks of the i-CX (factory code CF5) will be determined by a crowd sourcing project that will start in the second half of this year and announce its result in April 2016. The crowds will have input on exterior-details such as the headlights, the interior design, and the design of the interaction systems such as the infotainment system and the various buttons and switches.
BYDwill launch four new SUV’s in China, in addition the the mad BYD Tang and BYD Tang Ultimate. Starting with the BYD Yuan, a sub-compact SUV that will debut is the third quarter with a launch on the Chinese car market just before the end of the year. The Yuan will come with 1.1 and 1.3 liter four-cylinder petrol engines and as a dual-mode hybrid. Size: 4320/1765/1650, wheelbase 2520.
China car sales were up again in 2014, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said Monday. Approximately 23.49 million cars were sold in China last year, a year on year increase of 6.9 percent, according to a CAAM report.
The biggest hurdle facing electric cars in China is the lack of charging stations on public roads. The government is aware of the problem and is looking for creative solutions, like using street poles. Beijing has launched a pilot project to transform street lamps to serve as charging poles for electric cars.
This is the Levdeo E60 EV, a new electric car for China that will be launched on the Chinese electric car market in the third quarter of 2015. The Levdeo E60 EV is manufactured by a company called ‘Levdeo Electric Drive Company’, based in the great city of Weifang in Shandong Province.
Tesla China has announced a deal with Chinese mapping company NavInfo that will finally see satellite navigation in the Tesla Model S in China. Normally, the navigation system of the Model S works with Google Maps, which is blocked in China, which forced Tesla to delete the system altogether, leaving Chinese Tesla owners without a factory-installed navigation system.