The primary issue is that US automakers are required to partner with China-based companies in order to sell vehicles in that country. Additionally, there are substantial import duties imposed by the Chinese government.
That means that it's a lot more expensive for a US automaker to do business in China than the other way around. And with Tesla trying to get a foothold in that rapidly growing market, the company is angling for what it says would be a more level playing field. Tesla representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from AutoblogGreen about this issue.
Tesla has run into challenges selling its Model S in China. Late last year, then-Tesla China president Veronica Wu stepped down after less than a year on the job. Former Bentley China executive Kingston Chang also had a similarly short stint. Another issue is a lack of plug-in vehicle charging stations. To combat this, the number of Tesla Supercharger stations in China is on the rise. As of May, there were about a half-dozen Superchargers in or near Beijing and Shanghai. Tesla also indicated this summer that it would start selling its Model X all-electric SUV in China as soon as next summer.