Dieter Zetsche (Daimler), Stella Li (BYD).

Dieter-Zetsche“That excitement is not just about the drivetrain but the overall appearance and approach Tesla is taking.”

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler’s Chairman of the Board of Management, sees Tesla’s presence and competition as a welcome challenge, Zetsche admits that the American competitor offers what other manufacturers do not.

Stella-Li-BYD“Wang Chuanfu is a marathoner, while Elon Musk is a 100-meter sprinter. A long-distance runner and a sprinter have different abilities and strengths.”

Stella Li, senior vice president at BYD, draws a clear line between the Chinese manufacturer and Tesla. BYD builds electric buses, cars and batteries and is looking to establish itself as a reliable brand name long-term. Li adds that BYD plans to up production capacity at its U.S. plant from 300 to 1,000 electric buses per year.


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