A Chinese company is producing Tesla knockoffs

A Chinese company is producing Tesla knockoffs

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Tesla isn't swooning over the knockoff versions of its cars being produced by a Chinese company.
 
According to Wired, a China-based streaming video service called LeTV—China's extraordinarily popular answer to Netflix—is developing a car as a side project to its primary business. LeTV's car is said to crib heavily from the Tesla's Model S.
 
Dubbed the Le*Car (the name itself is a too-close-for-comfort copy of Renault's Le Car), the vehicle is being developed by a team of experts that LeTV poached from other automotive companies. Tony Nie, the founder of Lotus Engineering in China, has taken the lead on the project, along with a team of 600 who have worked for General Motors, BMW, and Tesla, among others.
 
The Le*Car is set to make its debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April—and it might not be the only entrant in the "Tesla knockoff" category.
 
Earlier this year, 28-year-old Chinese entrepreneur Huang Xiuyuan unveiled his own electric car project, the Youxia Ranger X. A mashup of the Tesla Model S and KITT from Knight Rider, the car has come together in just 16 months thanks to the work of Xiuyuan's team of 50 engineers. The body and interior of the vehicle appear to be copy-and-pasted right from the Tesla playbook.
 
Xiuyuan expects to sell the Youxia Ranger X for between $32,000 to $48,000 and expects to bring it to market for 2017. Not only does the price point completely undercut the Tesla Model S, which starts at around $70,000, it also competes directly with Tesla's budget-friendly Model III, the $35,000 car set to launch in 2017 as well.
 
When Tesla decided to make its patents open source, its intention was to allow others to take what the company had already accomplished and build off it. Instead, the knockoffs just duplicate what has been done already.
 
A Telsa spokesperson told Wired: "China has shown a commitment to sustainable transportation, and Tesla is committed to helping in those efforts. We’re happy to see Model S and Tesla’s business model used as benchmarks for improvement. We opened our patents to encourage good-faith use of our technology, not to facilitate creation of Tesla knockoffs, which neither advance innovation, nor help the EV movement. And, consumers know the difference between competition and copycats."
 
Elon Musk set a high bar for Tesla sales in China, expecting to sell 500,000 cars a year by 2025. A decade out from the finish line, Tesla has its work cut out for it; the company sold just 3,500 cars in the country over the course of 2014. Now the biggest obstacle in capturing that market may be its own designs in the hands of others.

 

For fucks sake. Sometimes they impress me with how little they care for earning their own value. Phone Post 3.0

Maybe it's just a Tesrun.

And every damn one will be wrecked within a week of purchase from those non-driving thieves

wait

how are they stealing if the patents are open source?

the chinese are stupid because long term, no one will want to do business with them if they aren't respecting patent law.

samsung is already having problems. once people realize that china is no market for foreigners because local business rip everything off, then they will move to the rest of asia or other emerging markets.

china without innovation will be reduced to selling led lightbulbs and toasters.

i'd buy one of those for my dad

yusul - the chinese are stupid because long term, no one will want to do business with them if they aren't respecting patent law.

samsung is already having problems. once people realize that china is no market for foreigners because local business rip everything off, then they will move to the rest of asia or other emerging markets.

china without innovation will be reduced to selling led lightbulbs and toasters.
I don't think they are violating patent law. Tesla released all their patents a while back. I think this is a case of them being douche bags, but not criminals. Phone Post 3.0

throw in a fake iphone and some fake dog poop and I'll buy one

"China has shown a commitment to sustainable transportation, and Tesla is committed to helping in those efforts. We’re happy to see Model S and Tesla’s business model used as benchmarks for improvement. We opened our patents to encourage good-faith use of our technology, not to facilitate creation of Tesla knockoffs, which neither advance innovation, nor help the EV movement. And, consumers know the difference between competition and copycats."



lol pretty funny

In for EY's response

They didn't even have to reverse engineer anything. They just downloaded teslas patents.

Brilliant move, Elan

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LOL, "it looks like someone just described the mini over the telephone or sent a really blurry fax"

Mark1 - They didn't even have to reverse engineer anything. They just downloaded teslas patents.

Brilliant move, Elan

Mark Phone Post 3.0

why doesn't a US automaker do the same thing?

Man, when this thing hits the streets it's going to be such a huge piece of Chinese shit. In for lolz.

Burt Reynoldz - Man, when this thing hits the streets it's going to be such a huge piece of Chinese shit. In for lolz.
Lol. It's likely gonna be a big piece of crap.

...but what if it isn't? What if they just took the IP that Musk gave away for free and simply used it to copy a Tesla part for part? What if it's nearly the same as a Model S for $30k? Before government subsidies too.

Was Musk sharing all their patents an epic fuck up? Did you give your competition the keys to the castle?

This is interesting to say the least.

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Fake Tesla company isn't a real company


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2nolatch4 - Fake Tesla company isn't a real company


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I wonder what Jim Cramer thinks.

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Fuck those commie bastards

 

(when can I purchase this car?)

Mark1 - 
Burt Reynoldz - Man, when this thing hits the streets it's going to be such a huge piece of Chinese shit. In for lolz.
Lol. It's likely gonna be a big piece of crap.

...but what if it isn't? What if they just took the IP that Musk gave away for free and simply used it to copy a Tesla part for part? What if it's nearly the same as a Model S for $30k? Before government subsidies too.

Was Musk sharing all their patents an epic fuck up? Did you give your competition the keys to the castle?

This is interesting to say the least.

Mark Phone Post 3.0

If none of the big three automakes can make a competitive all electric EV what makes you think that some Chinese company is going to do it?

LOL