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First new announced out of 2019. 48" wide dash screen (take that Telsa with your tiny screens).:p Another in steering wheel (what about air bag?)

325 mile range (95 Kw battery) for $60,000 AWD SUV, $45,000 for 250 mile range.

Optional level 3 autodrive, operates by voice (Alexa) or gestures, twin LCD's for rear seats. Plant capacity 300,000 cars per year, half in China, a third in US the rest in Europe. 4th quarter of this year, US and Europe available next year.


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Wake me next year when/if they are on lots and available for test drives.

But looks interesting, as a concept car should.
 

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Yeah, still very much at the concept car stage. They've got quite a timeline if they're going to begin production next year.
First new announced out of 2019. 48" wide dash screen (take that Telsa with your tiny screens).:p Another in steering wheel (what about air bag?)

325 mile range (95 Kw battery) for $60,000 AWD SUV, $45,000 for 250 mile range.

Optional level 3 autodrive, operates by voice (Alexa) or gestures, twin LCD's for rear seats. Plant capacity 300,000 cars per year, half in China, a third in US the rest in Europe. 4th quarter of this year, US and Europe available next year.


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Just read some interesting info on Yahoo feed.

China has cornered 50% to 77% (quite a spread unless that's of different components) of the market of raw materials for battery production.
They have over 50% of all EV production, world wide.
They have 99% 0f the electric two wheelers (250 million) which accounts for 88% of EV green house gas emission reduction.
EV production is up 68% over last year.
China makes 99% of the world's EV buses which are cheaper in lifetime costs in most of the world (all of the world in three years).
There are over 100 Chinese EV manufacturers.
They have the goal to have 50% of their cars semi or fully autonomous by 2020.
Chinese cars in China are feeding info back to the Chinese government (like the Chinese cell phone manufacturers). Not much different than in say the US except the government says isn't involved in industrial espionage. Does anybody believe they don't feed info to the military industrial complex for their advantage?

We live in interesting times.
 

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The Chinese gov't has ID'd EVs as an industry they want to dominate, just like solar PV before that, so they offer low interest loans in that sector to companies, in addition to subsidies to buyers to stimulate demand. As for raw materials, China is the largest supplier of rare-earth metals which are used in magnets, which go into EV motors. Lithium can be sourced from South America. Cobalt from the Congo. EV battery formulations try to limit the use of cobalt, because the majority of the supply is dependent upon the Congo.

China has moved to electrified bikes and scooters, ages ago, when they swapped their bikes for e-bikes.

Warren Buffett invested in BYD years ago. Smart man. They're a big producer of EVs and EV buses, probably the biggest producer in China, and presumably the World.

As for surveillance, the gov't loves it. They can track all their citizens wherever they go. It's very Brave New World.
 

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Lithium can be sourced from South America (biggest deposit but found in other areas), Cobalt from the Congo (they are trying to minimize it's use) but China has most of that tied up in contracts. They work in conjunction with their companies whereas other countries let their companies go it alone.
 
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