Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) general manager in China departs

Posted Mar 31, 2014

The general manager of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) in China has departed the company at a time where the electric vehicle company is rapidly pursuing the export of electric vehicles to the world’s largest auto market. Tesla Motors General Manager Kingston Chang departed the company, according to Tesla Vice President Veronica Wu in an e-mail sent to Bloomberg.

Sina.com reported that Chang departed due to personal reasons. Chang joined Tesla Motors from Bentley around a year ago.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said in January that the sales in China should match the levels in the U.S. by early as next year. Tesla Motors still has to start delivering vehicles of the Model S in China, but the company started to take orders in August for the vehicle. Tesla Motors also opened an 8,600 square foot store in a shopping mall in Beijing three months later to display its vehicles.

In March 2013, Chang joined Tesla from a general manager position at Bentley China. Before joining Bentley, Chang worked at companies like Inchcape Plc and Jebsen Group. He worked in the automotive industry over two decades.

The Model S vehicle will be priced at 734,000 yuan ($118,000) in China, including shipping, value-added taxes, and import duties. In the U.S., the Model S starts at around $81,000 before federal tax credits.