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Small electric cars with cheap prices have helped China lead global plug-in vehicle sales. In Shanghai, you could buy a small, two-door all-electric Chery eQ for about 60,000 yuan ($8,655) after subsidies before the end of the year. Without the government’s incentive plan it would have cost about an additional 100,000 yuan ($14,437). Even without […]

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China will soon be regulating low-speed electric cars, a segment dwarfing full-speed “new-energy vehicles” in sales and causing potential safety hazards. Small electric cars with top speeds under 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) have taken off in rural areas of China, but they’re considered to be poorly made and powered by polluting lead batteries. […]

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