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David Fickling and Tim Culpan

Take That, Tesla

The future has already arrived in Shenzhen.

Imitation, as Melania Trump has learned, is the sincerest form of flattery. So BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu should be pleased: No less a visionary than Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, appears to be borrowing from the playbook of his Shenzhen-based rival.

A core plank of Musk's second master plan for the carmaker, released Wednesday night, will involve extending its electric vehicle range to "cover the major forms of terrestrial transport," a Tesla-ish way of describing trucks and buses .