Tesla continues to hire PR in China to find government lobbyists US By Jacky Last updated Aug 17, 2021 Share Tesla is expanding its publicity and government relations teams in China amid regulatory scrutiny and declining sales attributed to high-profile crashes and customer complaints about quality. The electric car company is hiring Chinese executives for legal and external relations, according to a job posting on its WeChat account, as it faces public scrutiny over safety in the country. After complaints from Chinese customers that gave Tesla CEO Elon Musk a headache, industry data showed that Tesla’s deliveries of Chinese-made cars to the local market fell 69 percent in July to just 8,621 vehicles. Tesla, which makes Model 3 electric sedans and Model Y sports vehicles in Shanghai, is looking to bolster its team in several Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Tesla CEO Elon Musk can be seen above. Tesla expands its publicity and government relations teams in China after regulatory scrutiny there The Tesla logo is displayed at the Chinese headquarters in Beijing. The company is hiring Chinese managers for legal and external relations, according to a vacancy Tesla’s job posting went into external relations details, but separate posts indicated that the executives will also cover government relations. Citing people familiar with the matter, Reuters reported in May that Tesla stepped up its involvement with mainland regulators and strengthened its government relations team. The firm is hiring lawyers specializing in construction, anti-monopoly and data protection protection, and is also looking for PR managers. Tesla has been targeted by Chinese state media and regulators after a series of high-profile incidents. In April, a customer, angered by the handling of her complaint about brake failure, climbed onto a Tesla car at the Shanghai auto show in protest. Videos of the incident went viral. In May, a Tesla police officer was killed in an accident in the eastern city of Taizhou, and images of the scene were heavily covered by Chinese media. In April, a customer, angered by the handling of her complaint about defective brakes, climbed on top of a Tesla car in protest at the Shanghai auto show. People visit Tesla and Hongqi booth in Nanjing during the 34th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition at Nanjing Air-hub International Expo Center in June Earlier this year, Tesla vehicles were banned from some government buildings and military complexes in China over fears that their built-in cameras could be used for espionage. Days after the ban was first reported, Musk appeared via video on a high-level Chinese forum and said that if Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere else, it would be shut down. Tesla later set up a data center in China to store car data locally and satisfy the government there. China, the world’s largest auto market, is the electric car manufacturer’s second largest market and key to growth plans, accounting for about 30 percent of its sales. Tesla now makes electric Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles at a factory in Shanghai for both domestic sales and export. Last month, the automaker sold 32,968 China-made vehicles in July, including 24,347 for export, industry data shows. Tesla’s sales in China more than doubled last year to nearly $6.6 billion, but Tesla is no longer the most popular electric vehicle on the market. China’s best-selling electric car is the tiny Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV, made in a joint project between Wuling, General Motors and Chinese state car maker SAIC. Tesla is also facing regulatory oversight in the US, where it does not have a PR team. US auto safety regulators said early Monday they opened a formal safety investigation into Tesla Inc’s Autopilot driver assistance system after a series of crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it has identified 11 accidents since January 2018 in which Tesla models with Autopilot collided with emergency services stopped at the side of the road. The NHTSA has sent numerous special crash investigation teams in recent years to assess a series of individual Tesla crashes. . window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'thumbnails-a', container:'taboola-below-article', placement:'below-article', target_type: 'mix'}); Share