Tesla is once again in the news for allegedly mistreating its workers, according to a new report claiming that the electric vehicle company forced factory employees to walk through raw sewage to avoid interrupting production.
One of Tesla's most influential shareholders is giving Elon Musk an earful about the turmoil surrounding him and the electric-car maker in recent weeks.
Electric automaker Tesla has hit a production threshold that will phase out a key tax credit for new vehicle owners. China retaliated by imposing an nearly identical tariff, meaning Chinese consumers who want to own a Tesla will have to spend an additional $30,000.
Musk had hoped to make vehicle production faster and less expensive by significantly increasing the amount of automation Tesla used in its factories.
Tesla follows Harley-Davidson Inc in charting plans to expand outside the USA to circumvent tariffs under Mr Trump's escalating trade disputes.
Tesla says an agreement signed recently with a Shanghai city government agency calls for construction to start in the near future. CNBC had previously reported that the same factory suffered several fires as it scrambled to meet its Model 3 goals. Tesla has either missed or delayed production goals since it started building its newest auto late past year.
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"Tesla is deeply committed to the Chinese market, and we look forward to building even more cars for our customers here", the spokesperson said.
The Model 3, which starts at $35,000, was created to broaden Tesla's customer base beyond the luxury segment and accelerate the pace of electric-vehicle adoption.
"I think that you'll see something similar to what they did in Nevada, with a partner like Panasonic", said Mr Kallo, referring to the gigafactory that Tesla and its Japanese battery-cell supplier operate along near Reno.
And its announcement said nothing about how it will pay for the venture. But the joint statement described the plant as a Tesla "wholly owned Gigafactory". Musk said at the time the job cuts would not affect an ambitious build-out program of its Model 3 sedan that has been closely monitored by Wall Street.
"A note from 24-7 Wall Street said the USD2.7 billion in cash on Tesla's balance sheet at the end of the first quarter hardly seems like enough", but the company likely would not have trouble raising funds in China. But Tesla faces growing competition from Chinese and foreign brands that are developing dozens of electric models.