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German automakers who once laughed off Elon Musk are now starting to worry

“Some in Germany are now, rather belatedly, seeing Tesla as a long-term threat to the pride and joy of the country’s economy: the car industry that employs 750,000 workers and indirectly accounts for 1 in 8 jobs,” The Los Angeles Times reports.