Tesla hires legal and external relations managers in China under public control

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According to a job posting on its Wechat account, Tesla is hiring legal and external relations managers in China as the electric car maker is subject to public scrutiny in the country over safety and customer service complaints.

US-based Tesla, which makes Model 3 electric sedans and Type Y sport-utility vehicles in Shanghai, is hiring outside relationship managers in several Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The job posting addressed the positions in external relations, but separate posts indicated that the managers are also responsible for government relations.

Reuters reported in May, citing people familiar with the matter, that Tesla is stepping up its engagement with mainland regulators and strengthening its government relations team.

The company is hiring lawyers specializing in construction, antimonopoly and data protection, as well as public relations managers.

In April, Tesla was targeted by state media and regulators after a customer angry about handling her complaint about defective brakes climbed onto a Tesla car in protest at the Shanghai auto show. Videos of the incident went viral.

Last month, the automaker sold 32,968 Chinese-made vehicles in July, including 24,347 for export, industry data showed.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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