Tesla denies locating second Chinese plant in country's northeastern Shenyang

Asian Tech Press (Feb 14) -- Tesla Inc denied on Monday rumors that its second Chinese factory would be located in the country's northeastern city of Shenyang.

In response to media reports that Tesla's second factory in China will soon be located in Dadong District, Shenyang, Tesla said on Monday that it was false information.

The source, Liaoning Fabu, a WeChat public account sponsored by the General Office of Liaoning Provincial People's Government, has now removed the content.

The official account pushed an article on Saturday that mentioned five strategies for revitalizing and developing the Dadong District of Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. It said in the post, "Combine with the urban renewal of the Wenguan Area, pull out the space for industrial development and lay the foundation for the landing of major new energy vehicle projects such as Tesla."

This might be a sign that the long-rumored Tesla's second Chinese factory will be located in Dadong District of Shenyang, according to several media reports.

Liaoning Province is one of China's new automobile industrial hubs with over 120 auto & auto-parts manufacturers, like BMW Brillian, BMW's Chinese joint venture headquartered in Shenyang, and SAIC-GM, a joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor, both of which have complete vehicle factories here.

In November last year, there were rumors that Tesla's second Chinese mega-factory would be located in the coastal city Qingdao. However, the news was confirmed as "untrue" by its global vice president Grace Tao Lin at that time.

Currently, Tesla's only factory in China is located in Shanghai, which is also Tesla's first super factory overseas. The plant formally started vehicle deliveries in early 2020, mainly producing Model 3 and Model Y.

Tesla has delivered 936,222 new vehicles worldwide in 2021, up 87% year-on-year, according to official data. Among them, the Giga Shanghai plant delivered 484,130 units, up 235% year-on-year, accounting for 51.7% of Tesla's total global deliveries, making it the world's largest market for the U.S. electric vehicle maker.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on a fourth-quarter earnings conference call in late January it would scout new factory locations throughout 2022 and expects to have a new site chosen by the end of the year.

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