According to sources at Tesla’s Beijing headquarters, Musk held a series of meetings at the Crab Island Hot Spring Village Resort near Beijing Capital International Airport. The resort is known for its luxurious hot springs and scenic views, which provided the perfect backdrop for Musk’s discussions on Tesla’s future in China.
Musk arrived in China on his private jet, a 2015 G650ER Gulfstream Aerospace, which flew over Japan and South Korea before landing in Beijing. Reuters journalists spotted the aircraft at Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday, confirming Musk’s arrival.
During his visit, Musk is expected to tour Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai, which has become a major hub for the company’s production of electric vehicles. Tesla’s Model 3 has been a big hit in China, with sales surpassing those in the United States.
The purpose of Musk’s visit to China is to discuss expanding Tesla’s production capacity in the country. Tesla has been seeking to double its production capacity in China. In addition to electric vehicles, Tesla’s commercialization of its full self-driving (FSD) technology also requires government approval. Musk will be discussing the approval process for FSD technology with Chinese officials during his visit.
This is not Musk’s first visit to China. In January 2020, he visited Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory, where he delivered the first batch of Model 3 vehicles to customer. Musk has been vocal about his admiration for China’s progress in the EV industry and has expressed his desire to establish a stronger presence in the country.