Chinese carmaker now copies Tesla’s website after manufacturing Tesla car clones
This is the height of Chinese cloning and takes the cake for utter disregard for international copyright, patents, and intellectual property laws. This particular Chinese EV startup is not stopping at stealing Tesla’s intellectual property, but it has also cloned its website to look like Tesla’s website straight-up copying its website design.
Chinese carmaker, Xpeng has been copying Tesla cars like the Tesla S Model and rebranding them as Xpeng P7 for nearly a year now. In fact, last year, Tesla had filed a lawsuit against an ex-employee Cao who is now Xpeng developer to cease and desist from copying Tesla’s designs.
Cao who worked on the Tesla Autopilot project, allegedly stole the source code of the semi-autonomous driving system for Chinese EV startup Xpeng, which describes itself as being inspired by Tesla. In the lawsuit, Tesla claimed that Cao downloaded the Autopilot source code to his iPhone/USB stick through Airdrop before leaving and selling it to Xpeng when joining the company.
Tesla wants to conflate its lawsuit against Dr. Cao with the Zhang case, peddling speculation and stereotypes by focusing on the fact that they are both Chinese engineers. XMotors has nothing to do with the criminal prosecution against Mr. Zhang, and is aware of no connection between him and Dr. Cao.
In response to the lawsuit filed by the Tesla the EV company said
Now a year later, we can see that Xpeng’s website for its new P7 electric sedan is a clear copy of Tesla’s own website design. Henry Xia, who founded Xpeng in 2014, admitted openly that he was influenced by Tesla and by the automaker’s announcement that they were open-sourcing their patents.
You need to call out the utter shamelessness of Chinese carmaker who not only copies Tesla’s designs but also claims he is inspired by it. That too without paying royalties to Tesla. In a statement, Tesla made it clear that it would enforce its intellectual property rights if companies try to directly copy its design. The Xpeng P7 has many features similar to Tesla’s S Model including the way it looks. But copying the Tesla website word for word, code for code is definitely not done. They can hardly deny copying its website.
Over the years, we have known that Chinese companies reverse engineer products and software that are made in the United States, Taiwan, Europe, India, and Japan and sell cheap clone copies to buyers worldwide. We recently had the case of a Chinese $5 USB being marketed as the panacea for 5G emissions. The United States has already initiated many export bans to stop this practice but the Chinese manufacturers manage to stay ahead of the curve because of the active support of the Chinese Government.
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