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Tesla opens first overseas vehicle development center in Shanghai

Zhu Shenshen
It also opened a data center to store production and operational data within China in the face of security concerns.
Zhu Shenshen

Tesla has opened its new research center and a gigafactory data center in Shanghai, the first of its kind among Tesla's overseas facilities, the electric car company said on Monday.

The data center in Lingang may relieve concerns of China's Tesla owners and industry executives who are worried that personal information and data could be transferred to overseas centers without permission, among other data security issues.

"The center will boost Tesla's localized process in China, train local talent and further accelerate the prosperity of China's intelligent car research ecosystem," said Zhu Xiaotong, Tesla China president.

Tesla has completed the relevant approval and filing process for the local data center, which will cover data from its gigafactory in Lingang in the Pudong New Area.

"Data security is key to the success of intelligent and connected vehicles," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in September. "All personally identifiable information is securely stored in China without being transferred overseas."

Tesla's Autopilot, its advanced driver-assistance feature, relies on collecting data of location, traffic and car owners for its autonomous driving functions, raising security issues.

Tesla opens first overseas vehicle development center in Shanghai
Ti Gong

Tesla's factory and research center in Lingang.

Tesla's first overseas vehicle development research center

The Shanghai center is Tesla's first overseas R&D center based on vehicle development with 28 labs. They focus on sectors as software, hardware, electronics, materials, power and energy engineering.

It highlights China's new-energy vehicle R&D field is in line with international standards, the company said.

With Tesla and other companies' development, Lingang's automotive industry output is forecast to pass 100 billion yuan (US$15.6 billion) annually.

In the third quarter, the Musk's electric car company quadrupled its profit to US$1.6 billion and revenue surged 57 percent to US$13.8 billion from a year earlier.

It delivered a record 241,391 vehicles during the period, with sales significantly ramping up in North America and China.

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