Tesla Opens New China Research, Data Centres

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Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc on Monday announced to have built research center and a separate data centre in Shanghai according to Reuters report.

According to Tesla, the auto research and development centre is its first outside United States entity that employs engineers for software, electronics, materials and charging.

The new data centre for factory production will store Tesla’s operation data locally. Last month, China’s industry ministry published new draft measures that require companies to store important industry-related data locally.

During a wide-reaching global semiconductor chip shortage over the past months, Tesla’s research team had tweaked some software programmes and made adjustments to ease the pressure brought by the chip shortage, according to the statement.

Tesla, however, did not say whether it uses fewer chips in its vehicles.

In May, Tesla said it had established a site in China to store car data in accordance with separate regulatory requirements. Data policy has become a key area Chinese regulators have targeted amid an ongoing crackdown on industry over the past year.