Tesla Motors Inc. intends to plans to double its workforce in Hong Kong to over 100 people by the end of the year as the United States-based EV maker expands in the former British colony. The Hong Kong government said in a statement on its Web site that Tesla has already tapped a country director for Hon Kong.
Since the Chinese territory is only less than 10 miles wide, Tesla drivers will need to charge their cars only once a week. Veronica Wu, vice president for Tesla’s China operations, said in the statement that Hong Kong could become the place to showcase the success of EVs to the rest of Asia, adding that the carmaker wants the Chinese territory be the “Norway of Asia.”
She noted that the Hong Kong Government is open EVs and is committed to supporting sustainability. Thanks to government subsidies that accounts for over the half of an EV’s price, Norway holds a huge chunk (6 percent) of the electric vehicle market, according to Bloomberg Intelligence report in May.
Tesla is eyeing to build 100,000 premium EVs by late 2015, with an eventual goal of selling at least 500,000 cars annually around the world. The EV maker commenced deliveries of its Model S in Hong Kong and China this year.
It is currently expanding dealerships and charging network as chief executive Elon Musk expects China to be as large as the US in terms of Tesla sales as early as next year.