Tesla Model S in China

Tesla Model S in China

Some of China's automakers don't seem to be too impressed by what Tesla Motors has achieved with its Model S.

BYD Dancers

BYD Dancers

Take, for example, BYD founder and chairman Wang Chuanfu.  As Chuanfu states:

“BYD could make a Tesla as soon as consumer demand for electric cars really takes off.”

Implying that BYD already has the capability to develop and build a vehicle with Tesla Model S capabilities.

BYD is not alone in this though.

Xu Heyi, chairman of China's BAIC, was asked if he thought Tesla was the Apple of automakers.  His response:

“Impossible.  certain about that.”

If you recall, BYD's Chuanfu previously called the Tesla Model S a "rich man's toy," so it's obvious to us that he doesn't think too highly of the California-based automaker.

Source: South China Morning Post