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Media paints Chinese electric roadster as a Tesla Model S competitor

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    In the past, I have complained about mainstream media consistently putting all electric vehicles in the same melting-pot with no or very little regard for vehicle segments, or anything else than the powertrain really. I think EV enthusiasts are already very aware of this problem, but I still want to highlight this latest example because it’s simply a great one.

    A Chinese startup backed by Beijing CH-Auto, Qiantu Motor, announced a new factory to build its first vehicle, the Qiantu K50 (pictured above), an all-electric roadster, which the media are presenting as a direct competitor to the Tesla Model S, a sedan. more…

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    Pretty hot looking little car but it shouldn't even be considered to be in the same sales market as a Model S. Hell, it's not even in the Model 3 category.

    About as quick (assuming a performance version of the Model 3), fewer doors, fewer seats, less storage and twice the price? I don't think so.
     
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    too bad it would be out of China (and has dragonflies on it). I tried for a full year to not purchase a single item manufactured outside of North America or western Europe a couple years ago - specifically nothing from China. It was nearly impossible if you want new socks and are not a knitter. let alone jeans t-shirts, books, electronics and everything else.
     
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    Hmm strange comment that. Why china specifically?

    Model 3 gets tyres from Hankook, batteries from panasonic & probably 95% electronics chips from TSMC. Can go on and on...
     
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    Korea
    Japan
    Taiwan.

    Some people try to support local industries.
    Furthermore, some people try really hard to not support a government they view as oppressive.
     
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    #6 Jayc, Jun 9, 2016
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    Yep but same region, all outside US & Western Europe. Hence the question why China?
     
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    I already answered:
     
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    Question was meant for OP actually :)
     
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    @Jayc - @garsh 's reply summed up my view perfectly. It's not the geography but for social, ethical, economic and political reasons that I do not want to support China, or more specifically the US companies that have outsourced their manufacturing to China over the last 30ish years. (I view products from Bangladesh, India and a few others together with China) To the point where it's surprising to come across a product made domestically and not in a country with little or no regulations to ensure workers are safe and earning a fare wage.

    Most likely the views from the UK are different than from the US on most any foreign country.
     

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