Tesla Debuts New R&D and Data Centers in Shanghai

As Tesla’s presence continues to grow in what is the world’s largest auto market, the company is continuing to expand its developments even within Shanghai.

On Monday, U.S. automaker Tesla announced that it has officially built a research center and a separate data center in Shanghai, where its Gigafactory is also located, according to Reuters.

The auto research and development (R&D) center is the company’s first beyond U.S. borders, and it’s set to employ engineers for software electronics, materials and charging needs, according to a statement about the facility from the company.

The news comes months after Tesla also established a data storage site in China, following a wave of scrutiny causing people and the Chinese government to grow concerned over how Tesla was storing its data, generated from the vehicles.

The new Tesla data center in Shanghai will store data for the nearby Shanghai factory, following the Chinese government’s industry ministry publishing newly-proposed guidelines which will require companies to store industry data locally.

On Monday, Tesla’s shares also hit an all-time high, with the company’s market capitalization reaching $1 trillion USD just moments ago.

Tesla also hit record deliveries in China in September, delivering a total of 52,153 units in China, with 3,853 units exported from the company’s Shanghai factory.