More than one-third of all electric cars in the world are made in China, and its production and consumption have exploded in the past five years, fueled by cheap and plentiful supplies of cheap energy and a boom in its own technology.
But a growing number of automakers are trying to get in on the action with electric-vehicle charging stations.
Some are using the charging stations to test their new electric vehicles.
Others are building their own charging stations, which are a different form of electric vehicle charging stations that rely on electricity generated by windmills or solar panels.
And others are simply looking to make money on the market.
As the world’s largest market for electric cars, China is becoming the center of a global revolution.
The Chinese government has cracked down on pollution, cracked down even more on corruption, and has promised to clean up the country’s air.
But as electric vehicles proliferate and their use continues to grow, Beijing has become the epicenter of an international battle over whether electric vehicles can compete with conventional cars and how quickly they can achieve that goal.
If you ask anyone, they’ll tell you they’re going to get an electric car in their lifetime, said Josh Miller, chief executive of Battery Ventures, a San Francisco-based startup that has been investing in electric-car startups.
They’re probably not going to do it anytime soon, though, Miller said.
What does China stand to gain?
China is a fast-growing country with an enormous population of 1.2 billion people.
It also has the world largest electric-power grid, the world most populous cities and a rapidly expanding electric-infrastructure network.
Its power grid is more than 60 percent electric and its power grid has an electric-to-gas ratio of more than 90 percent, according to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute.
It is also the largest market in the Asia Pacific region, with some of the world, including Australia, India and Singapore, already producing electric-turbine engines.
China has a long history of building its own battery technology and building large electric-train stations, but it has largely avoided developing the technology for vehicles and is developing a range of other technologies that rely less on battery technology.
China’s state-owned enterprises have invested billions in the electric-industry, but the government has not spent as much as some governments, including the United States, are spending on renewable energy, according a recent McKinsey study.
Some automakers are using China’s electric-parking infrastructure to test the batteries they will use in their cars.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz both said last year they would buy batteries from Chinese suppliers.
Ford, the largest U.S. automaker, said last month it was working with a battery maker in China to develop electric-transportation systems that would use its batteries.
Even with the Chinese government’s emphasis on environmental protection, a growing trend among automakers to buy Chinese batteries has raised concerns that Beijing could use the technology to cut emissions, and possibly cut back on pollution.
How much do electric cars cost?
The prices for electric vehicles are often based on the type of battery used, the range of the vehicle, and the range to charge.
They also vary widely depending on the vehicle’s powertrain, including how fast the car can accelerate and brakes.
In China, battery prices have fallen by as much more than 50 percent over the past decade, according the World Bank.
China’s national-energy market regulator has said that the cost of battery technology has fallen by more than 70 percent since 2008, but many automakers insist that the decline is a result of government subsidies and investment.
Where can I get an EV?
For most consumers, it’s a good idea to get a vehicle made in the U.K. or France.
They have cheaper battery technology, lower emissions and better fuel economy, said John Wojcicki, an analyst at Morgan Stanley.
But it’s not as simple as that.
BMW has the E-Class, the most expensive electric car ever made in U.N. history, costing $42,700.
Ford has the F-150, which cost $44,000.
And many other manufacturers are building electric vehicles in Asia.
For the average consumer, it will take years of battery-building, buying new batteries and installing them in their vehicles, said Joe Lynam, a former Tesla executive who is now chief operating officer of the automotive consultancy The Lynam Group.
Why are electric-trading platforms important?
The big advantage of electric vehicles is that they don’t need a battery pack to work.
It can charge up in about a minute, and it doesn’t need to have any gasoline, diesel or electric motors to run it.
“If you’re not going for a pure electric vehicle, the EV is going to be the first choice for a lot of people,” said Daniel Loeb