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Hong Kong brings back some electric vehicle incentives that made Tesla so popular in the region

As we previously reported, Tesla once dominated to booming electric vehicle market in Hong Kong with over 80% market share and thousands of vehicles delivered. That stopped last year after the government phased out the EV incentives and almost killed the market by doing so.

After almost a year of virtually no EV sales, Hong Kong is now bringing back some incentives in order to try to revive its EV market.

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Tesla plans to downsize in Hong Kong after EV incentives were slashed, report says

Tesla CEO Elon Musk once described Hong Kong as a “beacon city for electric vehicles” due to its extremely high rate of EV adoption. He might have as well called it a “beacon city for Tesla” since most of those vehicles were Tesla’s, which held over 80% market share in Hong Kong’s EV market.

But the government succumbed to pressure from other automakers last year and slashed EV incentives.

Electric car sales in the “beacon city” have now come to a crawl and Tesla is reportedly planning to downsize its 200-people workforce in the region if it continues.

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Hong Kong went from electric vehicle ‘beacon city’ to a complete stop of EV sales last month

Tesla CEO Elon Musk once described Hong Kong as a “beacon city for electric vehicles” due to its extremely high rate of EV adoption. He might have as well called it a “beacon city for Tesla” since most of those vehicles were Tesla’s, which held over 80% market share in Hong Kong’s EV market.

Now that EV market consisted of literally zero new registrations last month – hardly a “beacon city” anymore.

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Tesla is ramping up for Right-Hand Drive Model X as it introduces the SUV to new markets

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Good news for all you weirdos driving on the wrong side of the road. Tesla started taking orders for the Right-Hand Drive (RHD) Model X in Hong Kong – hinting at the version of the vehicle getting closer to full production and therefore, new market introductions.

After the UK, Australia and now Hong Kong, Tesla has now opened its configuration system for the Model X in its main RHD markets. In most markets, Tesla is projecting delivery in “late 2016” while it is now starting deliveries in LHD markets in Europe and in China.

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Hong Kong forces Tesla to update its software in order to walk back an innocent feature

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After Tesla introduced its Autopilot update (7.0) with the ‘Autosteer’ and ‘Auto Lane Change’ features for Model S in October last year, the automaker had to quickly rollback and disable the features for owners in Hong Kong after a formal request from regulators at the Transport Department.

It took about 5 months for Tesla and the regulators to sort it out and reintroduce the features to Model S owners in Hong Kong. Now the Transport Department is at it again and in a very strange move, it forced Tesla to rollback its Calendar app in its vehicles.

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Tesla Autopilot is back in Hong Kong today after a greenlight from the Transport Department

A member of the media test drives a Tesla Motors Inc. Model S car equipped with Autopilot in Palo Alto, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Tesla Motors Inc. will begin rolling out the first version of its highly anticipated "autopilot" features to owners of its all-electric Model S sedan Thursday. Autopilot is a step toward the vision of autonomous or self-driving cars, and includes features like automatic lane changing and the ability of the Model S to parallel park for you. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After Tesla introduced its Autopilot update (7.0) with the ‘Autosteer’ and ‘Auto Lane Change’ features for Model S in October last year, the automaker had to quickly rollback and disable the features for owners in Hong Kong after a formal request from regulators at the Transport Department.

Today, about 5 months later, Model S owners in Hong Kong are finally reporting having received a new update enabling the features following a greenlight from the government regulators.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk feels “pretty optimistic” about the upcoming Model 3 [Video]

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A few weeks after Tesla Director of Global Communications Khobi Brooklyn confirmed that “Model 3 is on schedule” and that the company still plans to unveil the prototype in March, it’s now Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s turn to share his thoughts about the upcoming $35,000 sedan and he says he feels “pretty optimistic” about the vehicle.

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Tesla temporarily disables the Autopilot in Hong Kong after concerns from regulators

Autopilot IcelandTesla is temporarily disabling the ‘Autosteer’ and ‘Auto Lane Change’ features of the Autopilot for Model S owners in Hong Kong after a formal request from regulators at the Transport Department . The features were recently introduced to the Model S with the version 7.0 software update. 

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Tesla Motors partners with a real estate developer in Hong Kong to install 19 new charging stations

Tesla is having perception issues in regard to charging their cars in Asia. Today, to further develop their charging networks in the region, they announced a partnership with Hang Lung Properties, a Hong Kong based real estate developer, in order to install destination chargers at six shopping malls in mainland China.

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