SINGAPORE – Elon Musk, owner of Tesla Inc. defended in China, the country plans to tackle carbon emissions and grow its economy, saying it will be the largest market for carmakers 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 threat, the Tesla chief said the targets carbon emissions outlined in the country ‘s last five years favor an economic and social plan agreed earlier this month.
“I would like to make an optimistic note and I am very confident that China’s future is going to be good and that China is on the verge of becoming the world’s largest and most prosperous economy,” he said. state broadcaster China Central Television reported in an interview clip published Tuesday.
“China is our largest market in the long run, both where we produce the largest number of vehicles and where we have the largest number of customers,” he said.
China accounted for about a fifth of Tesla’s global revenue of $ 31.5 billion in 2020, according to public figures. The US is the largest market with $ 15.2 billion in sales.