China bans Tesla cars from some government compounds: report
Some Chinese government staff have been advised against parking their Tesla vehicles in government compounds, with cameras installed on the vehicles being cited as a security concern, according to Reuters.
Two people with knowledge of the matter told the news outlet that at least two Chinese government agencies located in Beijing and Shanghai were verbally advised not to park the electric cars at their work offices.
It was not made clear how many vehicles were affected by the ban or if the vehicle ban was applied to all government offices nationwide. It was also unclear whether the restrictions were implemented by agency officials or formal government order, Reuters reported.
While several automakers’ vehicles feature cameras and sensors to ease driving, the people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that the restrictions currently only apply to vehicles made by Tesla. Sources reported to the news outlet in March that Teslas were banned from entering some military complexes due to security concerns.
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk pushed back against claims from the Chinese government that Tesla vehicles could be tied to espionage in March.
“If Tesla used cars to carry out espionage activities in China or anywhere, we will get shut down. … There’s a strong incentive for us to be confidential,” Musk said at the time.
The new restrictions mark the country’s persistent caution when it comes to the electric carmaker.
China is the world’s largest car market and second-largest electric car market, Reuters noted.