Tesla is preparing to set foot on Chinese soil as the country begins on foreign ownership of domestic auto ventures.
Called Tesla (Shanghai) Co Ltd, the firm will focus on electric cars, spare parts and batteries, as well as the development of photovoltaic products.
The move follows an earlier report that Tesla would unveil the location of a new Chinese “Gigafactory” as early as next quarter. Earlier this month, Tesla chief Elon Musk thanked Beijing for scrapping limits on foreign ownership of local electric car firms.
The company, registered in Shanghai’s free trade zone area, lists Tesla’s China head Zhu Xiaotong as its legal representative and Tesla Motors HK Limited as its only shareholder.
“We don’t have anything new to add on this news for now,” a Tesla spokeswoman told CNET in an emailed statement, adding the company hopes to share more “in the coming months.”