Tesla’s Model 3 vehicles seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai on January 7, 2020. The Model 3 is one of many electric vehicles that rely on permanent magnet motors, an area in which researcher Zi-qiang Zhu says China lags. Photo: Reuters
Tesla’s Model 3 vehicles seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai on January 7, 2020. The Model 3 is one of many electric vehicles that rely on permanent magnet motors, an area in which researcher Zi-qiang Zhu says China lags. Photo: Reuters

China lags in important electric car technology despite rare earths advantage, says permanent magnets scientist

  • British scientist Zi-qiang Zhu says Chinese companies produce less valuable innovations on permanent magnet motors, an important component of electric cars
  • The comments suggest China faces hurdles in achieving Beijing’s goal of turning advantages in rare earths and research into technological leadership

Topic |   US-China tech war
Tesla’s Model 3 vehicles seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai on January 7, 2020. The Model 3 is one of many electric vehicles that rely on permanent magnet motors, an area in which researcher Zi-qiang Zhu says China lags. Photo: Reuters
Tesla’s Model 3 vehicles seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai on January 7, 2020. The Model 3 is one of many electric vehicles that rely on permanent magnet motors, an area in which researcher Zi-qiang Zhu says China lags. Photo: Reuters
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