Tesla’s Shanghai Experience Store is Like a Mini Gigafactory

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Tesla has opened a new retail store in Shanghai, China, set to showcase the company’s electric vehicle technologies.

According to Jay in Shanghai, Tesla’s Shanghai Experience Store is like a miniature version of the company’s Gigafactory in China, displaying both electric vehicle (EV) parts including batteries motors, and bodies, as well as other elements of the factory.

After a seemingly halted set of development plans at Gigafactory Shanghai, Tesla shared that it is still developing the land as planned, despite reports that the company paused its plans to purchase the regional land. The burgeoning facility is expected to be an EV component recycling facility, which the company is also planning for in the U.S. through a company founded by Tesla alumni J.B. Straubel.

The news comes following waves of criticism toward Tesla, both from the Chinese government toward in-cabin cam security footage, and for false quality control issues sparked by a protestor that stood atop a Model 3 at the recent Auto Shanghai expo.

Since the announcement, Tesla has announced that it is building a platform for owners to access their own car data, also confirming that all Chinese data will always be stored on Chinese servers.

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