I dunno. This is kind of like saying that when the Lakers pull ahead of the Knicks, the Knicks don't bother trying any harder. When Tesla starts outselling BMW in North America, you don't think it has some influence on BMW's direction? Or at least the timing of it?Again, I disagree. Tesla (and Elon) deserve credit for what Tesla (and Elon) have done. They don't get credit for what others do.
I'm certainly not going to claim that Tesla deserves credit for all or even most of the EV progress in the west. But to think that the other manufacturers are completely and willfully ignoring them seems just as "ludicrous". Somewhere in the middle is the truth, I think.