Tesla sales collapsed in China in July. At the end of last month, the American electric car maker virtually recalled 300,000 cars to the garage. That was the umpteenth time that Tesla was in negative news in China this year.
In July, Tesla delivered about 8600 cars in the country. A month earlier, there were more than 28,000. In July, Tesla exported many more vehicles from China to other markets, especially European ones.
Suddenly full of gas
The recalled cars in China required an online software update due to driver assistance issues. The so-called assisted drivingfunction in the electric cars could be activated without command. As a result, the car could suddenly start driving faster, for example. Recently, a US buyer complained about a similar problem.
The Chinese authorities already month Tesla in April to pay more attention to the safety of the cars. An article by state news agency Xinhua said the US company had to do that “to gain consumer confidence.” In doing so, Xinhua referred to issues such as malfunctioning brakes and cars that go up in flames during charging.
Protest at car show
The open criticism of Tesla by the Chinese authorities followed a striking protest by a woman during the important Shanghai auto show. The woman climbed onto the roof of a Tesla in a T-shirt with (freely translated) the text: ‘Tesla brakes don’t work’. She also shouted that same message out loud.
The woman had been campaigning against Tesla for some time because she and her family said she “nearly died” due to faltering brakes.
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