SINGAPORE – Elon Musk, whose Tesla Inc. is on the defensive in China, praised the country’s plans to tackle carbon emissions and grow its economy, saying it will become the automaker’s biggest market in the long run.
In a brief interview with Chinese state television published three days after he tried to reassure Chinese politicians about concerns that the company’s vehicles pose a national security risk, the Tesla chief executive said he was impressed by the carbon emission targets established in the last five years of the country. one-year economic and social plan agreed earlier this month.
“I would like to give an optimistic note and I am very confident that the future of China will be great and that China is heading to be the largest economy in the world and much prosperity in the future,” he said. he told state broadcaster China Central Television in an interview clip released on Tuesday.
“In the long term, China will be our largest market, both where we make the most vehicles and where we have the most customers,” he added.
China accounted for about a fifth of Tesla’s global revenue of $ 31.5 billion in 2020, according to public documents. The United States is its largest market with $ 15.2 billion in sales.