Although Elon Musk can look to 2020 and believe with some confidence that Tesla could have two significant technological leads over the mainstream EV opposition, his company clearly does not have a lead when it comes to mass production of vehicles.
Certainly, there is time between now and then for Tesla to look and learn and to tap into the automotive establishment about that.
Whether Tesla can afford this time is a different matter. Production of the Model 3 remains a significant hurdle for the company and it has promised to launch a Tesla Semi HGV and the Model Y compact crossover in the next few years.
A compact Tesla EV made in China and sold at a discount to the European competition is a very attractive proposition, but getting to that point will be an uphill battle.