China's electric vehicle industry

The world's largest EV market
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China has one of the fastest growing EV markets in the world with an estimated 500 electric car makers having piled into the world's largest vehicle market. As the Chinese government prods indigenous innovation, home-grown brands such as Nio, Xpeng and Li Auto, have sprouted to get a larger slice of the market under the Made in China 2025 industrial master plan. What are the infrastructure limitations, socioeconomic factors, and battery market competition that are having an impact?

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Asia is a major contributor to both climate-hurting emissions and climate-helping solutions. For key decision-makers in the region, this is a chance to continue to show leadership and move forward – the West cannot lead the energy transition alone.
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The copper, cobalt, lithium, nickel and rare earths powering clean tech are controlled by a handful of producer countries, causing supply chain insecurities. It also comes with rising environmental costs in mining, especially with degrading ores, and the need to deal with waste, such as that from electric vehicle batteries.
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Fears for the sector during the pandemic proved unfounded when global electric vehicle sales rose sharply last year, led by China. Public awareness of climate change, government carbon neutrality targets and lower costs are driving a boom that looks set to continue.
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The country is well ahead of the US on the road to fully automated vehicles and in the drive to go further safely is asking the people for their views.
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The need for food, water and energy sustainability is higher than ever as urban populations grow and the effects of climate change play out across the world.
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The lack of a coordinated approach to define ESG obligations is confusing investors, and the reliance on self-reporting makes it easier for companies to resort to greenwashing. Elon Musk’s anger at Tesla being dropped by an ESG index is not without basis.
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Yoon Suk-yeol ran as a conservative, but his campaign pledges include a move to ban new internal combustion vehicles by 2035. Following through would make South Korea a climate change leader in Asia and create thousands of new jobs in the auto industry.
Neil Newman discovers a little-known automotive design team in Hong Kong building the prototype of an original electric vehicle conceived in the city.
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Older second-hand cars are largely shunned in Hong Kong but sought after overseas by owner-driver-investors. Could these be an astute purchase, asks Neil Newman.
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The US president has been pushing the electric vehicle transition without the biggest EV player, Tesla. While it is true that rich Americans like the Tesla CEO are getting richer, blaming Musk for inequality is not the answer. Instead, Biden must work with him.
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Despite years of confident pronouncements from tech visionaries, the takeover of our roads by autonomous vehicles has yet to occur. High costs, technical hurdles and limited 5G roll-out are all thwarting the imminent arrival predicted by Elon Musk and other luminaries.
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While some in China are concerned by its dependence on imported materials for electric vehicle batteries, the West is anxious about Chinese control of resources. Fundamental differences exist between mineral and energy resources, however. Unlike oil and gas, minerals are recyclable.
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