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Elon Musk Says Chinese Electric Car Companies Could Outperform Global Competitors

During Tesla’s earnings call on Wednesday, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, acknowledged the competitive edge of Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers. He emphasized the potential for Chinese EV companies to achieve significant success globally, even beyond China’s borders, and discussed the impact of trade barriers on their expansion.

Chinese EV Companies Are Global Contenders

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Elon Musk praised Chinese car manufacturers, stating that they are currently the most competitive in the world within the automotive industry.

Success is Likely Unless Trade Barriers Come In

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He expressed confidence that these Chinese companies could achieve substantial success on the global stage, provided that there are no significant trade barriers or tariffs hindering their growth.

Potential Trade Barriers and Tariffs

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Musk’s optimism about Chinese EV makers’ global success was accompanied by a caveat regarding the role of trade barriers and tariffs.

“Frankly, I think, if there are not trade barriers established, they will pretty much demolish most other companies in the world.”

European Union Investigates Chinese EV Subsidies

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The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, has initiated an investigation into the subsidies granted to electric vehicle manufacturers in China.

Outcome Could Impact EU’s Stance

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This investigation began last year and is currently ongoing. The outcome of this probe could influence the European Union’s stance on Chinese EVs, potentially leading to higher tariffs or trade restrictions.

Chinese EV Expansion into International Markets

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Chinese electric vehicle companies have been aggressively expanding their presence in international markets.

Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia Already Covered

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BYD, which outsold Tesla in terms of battery-powered cars in the fourth quarter, has extended its sales to regions in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Additionally, Chinese startups like Nio and Xpeng have introduced their electric cars in the European market.

Chinese EV Showcase in Europe

Chinese EV manufacturers showcased their electric vehicles at one of Europe’s largest auto shows in the previous year. Analysts noted the potential of these companies to pose a significant challenge to traditional automotive firms in the European market.

Elon Musk’s Previous Praise for Chinese EV Makers

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This is not the first time Elon Musk has spoken highly of Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers.

“Most Competitive”

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In the past, he referred to Chinese EV firms as “the most competitive in the world” and predicted that they could rank among the top global auto companies. Musk’s recognition of their competitiveness highlights the changing landscape of the automotive industry.

Tesla’s Financial Outlook

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Despite Musk’s acknowledgment of Chinese EV makers’ strength, Tesla faced challenges of its own. The company’s shares experienced a decline in premarket trading following the release of earnings that fell short of expectations.

Tesla also provided a cautionary outlook, warning of a potential slowdown in the year 2024.

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