A tussle with Tesla right now can only be one bumpy ride
If Elon Musk is struggling to get his product on the road, his competitors may as well just give up
Tesla’s first electric vehicle, released 11 years ago, was not exactly a brand-new car.
The fledgling startup, as it then was, built its Roadster around a chassis ordered from Lotus, rather than beginning from scratch. Features such as the windshield, steering wheel and rearview mirrors – about 7% of the total parts – were shared with the British carmaker.
There were clear advantages to this: it meant Elon Musk’s project to change the face of the car industry did not have to start from scratch, and using already-approved parts meant some of the safety hurdles it would have otherwise encountered were cleared...