The Chinese authorities have banned Tesla electric cars from entering the city of Beidaihe, Reuters reports, citing sources in the local police. A coastal city in Hebei Province will be closed for “battery-powered” foreign cars for two months from July 1 – at this time, a planned secret meeting of the party leadership will be held there. Videos with electric cars, which the police take away from temporarily forbidden places, have already begun to appear on the Network.
The source did not announce the reasons for the ban on Tesla, noting only that the decision is related to “state affairs”. The exact dates of the meeting of the leadership of the ruling party of China are traditionally not announced, but it usually takes place in the summer in Beidaihe, located near Beijing.
In early June, Tesla cars were banned from driving on some streets of Chengdu in southwest China. Then the restrictions were associated with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the capital of Sichuan province.
Earlier, Tesla electric cars equipped with a wide range of cameras and sensors were suspected of espionage and creating a threat to national security. Last year, the authorities of the People’s Republic of China banned American electric cars from entering the territory of military bases, and officials were asked to transfer to other cars.
The head of Tesla, Elon Musk, assured us that there is no question of any espionage. According to him, if the company does not maintain the confidentiality of any information, it will soon be closed.
China is the world leader in electric car sales and an important market for Tesla. In addition, about half of the 936,000 electric vehicles that the American manufacturer delivered worldwide in 2021 were assembled at the Tesla plant in Shanghai.