Tesla has been tight-lipped about its expansion plans in China, but the company’s Linkedin page may give clues as to where the company will expand in next China.
The company has one store in Beijing, and has official plans to add another store each in Shanghai and Hangzhou. Tesla currently operates one main charging station in Beijing and two in Shanghai, and fifteen smaller ones in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Jinan, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Xuzhou, Wuhan, and Shangrao.
While there are no official announcement yet of more store openings besides Shanghai and Hangzhou, a little digging reveals that Tesla may open a total of five new stores in China. According to Car News China, Tesla’s Linkedin jobs page reveals that the company is looking for staff in Guangzhou and Shenzhen in Guangdong Province and Chengdu in Sichuan Province.
As we’ve noted before, Chengdu is the darling of luxury retailers due to a thriving middle class, an influx of foreigners drawn by job opportunities, and a healthy tech-manufacturing industry, which has also led over 200 Fortune 500 companies to make Chengdu their regional headquarters. Car News China notes that Guangzhou and Shenzhen also boast a wealthy, well-educated population, so it’s no surprise that Tesla could be targeting these three cities.
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