Why is it that automakers are so intent on trying to match or beat the Tesla Roadster?

Detroit Electric says the non-existent SP:01 will smoke the Roadster.  It won't anytime soon though, as it's yet to be seen moving under its own power.

We Present This Blank Chalkboard to BYD To Begin Work on This Magical e9

We Present This Blank Chalkboard to BYD To Begin Work on This Magical e9

Now, there's one more Tesla Roadster pretender to add to the mix and this one comes from an source with a fairly sketchy plug-in history in the US.

BYD claims that its upcoming electric supercar, called the e9, will run wheel-to-wheel with the Tesla Roadster.

Problem is that we can't even find a single image of this mysterious e9, nor have any concrete specs been leaked.

All we can go on is this lone report from China Car Times, who says that BYD announced "a series of new technology cars including multiple new forced induction engines, two new hybrid powertrains and a range topping supercar," at a media meet-and-greet in China.

Here's all that China Car Times says of the e9:

BYD Presents Some Fierce New Competition...For The Chevy Volt Dancers

BYD Presents Some Fierce New Competition...For The Chevy Volt Dancers

At a recent technical focused meet and greet with the Chinese automotive media, BYD announced

"BYD are planning for a new pure electric vehicle called the E9. BYD are being extremely tight lipped about the E9 but they have revealed it will be an electric supercar that will hit 0-100kp/h in just 3.9 seconds putting it on par with the Tesla Roadster which achieved a similar 3.7 seconds."

We'll call this one like it is.  BYD will not make this electric supercar e9, but if it does somehow end up in production, then we assure you that it won't be able to match the Tesla Roadster.

...until then, enjoy some BYD "electric" dancing:

Source: China Car Times