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What’s Behind China’s Disruptive Foray into E-Cars?

By An Limin, Qin Min, Wang Xiaoqing, Li Zengxin and Li Sijia
Jia Yueting (left), founder and CEO of LeEco, shakes hands with Nick Sampson, Faraday Future's senior vice president of product R&D and engineering, in front of a Faraday Future FF91 electric car at its unveiling at the CES 2017 electronics trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 3. Photo: CFP
Jia Yueting (left), founder and CEO of LeEco, shakes hands with Nick Sampson, Faraday Future's senior vice president of product R&D and engineering, in front of a Faraday Future FF91 electric car at its unveiling at the CES 2017 electronics trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 3. Photo: CFP

For more than a century, the auto industry’s 100-year-old attachment to the internal combustion engine stood as a formidable barrier to new market players.

Then the modern battery and a new generation of electric cars came along, shaking up the industry and leveling the playing field in ways that made it much easier for new companies to join the game.

Not only are the latest battery-powered autos emissions-free, but they’re also free of fuel tanks, tailpipes and other traditional vehicle components that complicate the manufacturing process.

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