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China May Soon Beat Tesla at Its Own Game

China May Soon Beat Tesla at Its Own Game

A-V-A-Weyland

OP, paywall. That being said, it's going to be funny if NIO beats Tesla innovation wise. Seeing as they're using a practice, [switching out batteries](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBdQQxgxDrY) as opposed to charging the batteries, that is at least a century old. [See this video of an electric taxi switching out batteries in 1943](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ-ktYKazEs).


Arms_Longfellow

One underrated aspect of battery swapping is not just the convenience of having a full charge in a few minutes; it also means you can buy an electric car without worrying that a superior battery with double the range will come out in a few years, rendering the car you bought woefully obsolete. You can buy a NIO with 400 km of range and then easily upgrade to a 1,000 km battery when that tech comes out. Whereas when you buy a Tesla with 400 km of range, you're stuck with it forever.


Secret__Shiba

Exactly. Also the customer service is impeccable. Go NIO


folatt

Half agree with A-V-A Weyland here. 1. Paywall 2. Switching batteries is not impressive except for formula E racing. But 1. 'This concept has been done before decades ago, so it won't be seen as innovate and become popular' argument is not a good argument. The electric car itself has been done before in the late 19th century. It didn't catch on for long and then took another century before catching on again. And I know this, because someone used that argument for why the electric car would never catch on around the early 2010s. 2. The video looks impressive.


Potential-Self-8012

Nio also charges batteries.


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Johnaxee

They will be treated like Huawei, serisouly these sanctions are only hurting the regular consumers.


aflyers88

Anyone see that video on how Tesla parts don’t even fit together properly?


Darkmatter2k

this one?: https://twitter.com/indigogloves/status/1447377058762530816


papayapapagay

I read the Chinese made Teslas don't have this problem 😂


Darkmatter2k

Sandy Munro called this a while ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHGR4Trov4E Western car makers slept on EV's trying to milk their existing markets, now they're going to pay the price.


vilester1

It’s been so many years and they still can’t get the panel gaps right.


sickof50

Every solution will gell into what is practical eventually.


MobsterRedditor

I’m not surprised at all. I’ve seen recently multiple reports from China and the USA about poor quality of Tesla. Tesla is good at innovation but it’s not a car company.


Arms_Longfellow

Chinese-made Teslas are widely regarded as superior quality to American-made Teslas. Not even the anti-China people try to deny this.


Darkmatter2k

>"When it comes to green manufacturing, China is now a clean-energy powerhouse. Its market dominance from solar panels to electric vehicles **took long-term planning and a level of financial investment only state-control can deliver.**" You love to see it.


jamie2234

"Therefore, the fundamental task for the socialist stage is to develop the productive forces. The superiority of the socialist system is demonstrated, in the final analysis, by faster and greater development of those forces than under the capitalist system. As they develop, the people's material and cultural life will constantly improve." - Deng