Electric Vehicles in China
The Ford Motor Co. display at this year's Shanghai auto show, which goes on until April 28, is filled with SUVs and electric hybrid vehicles. The U.S. automaker has announced it will electrify 70 percent of its vehicles in China by 2025. This comes as Beijing is calling on automakers to sell more electric vehicles. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption
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The Ford Motor Co. display at this year's Shanghai auto show, which goes on until April 28, is filled with SUVs and electric hybrid vehicles. The U.S. automaker has announced it will electrify 70 percent of its vehicles in China by 2025. This comes as Beijing is calling on automakers to sell more electric vehicles.
President Trump may not talk much about electric vehicles, but there's another American — with better name recognition in China — who does.
The voice of actor Leonardo DiCaprio, popular in China for his role in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, graces the showroom of Auto Shanghai, the city's biennial automotive expo, accompanied by images beamed on a circular wall showing Beijing covered in smog and children wearing pollution masks.
"Let us reconnect with nature, fill our lungs with clean air instead of pollution, let us see beauty more clearly, " says DiCaprio in a commercial that's part of a display for an electric vehicle made by Chinese automaker BYD. "With new energy, we can see this future. Now let's make it ours."
The message is repeated by automakers throughout the showroom at this year's exhibition.
"China's been pushing very aggressively to move to a greater mix of electrified vehicles, " says Trevor Worthington, vice president of product development at Ford Motor Co. in Shanghai.
The U.S. automaker, which sold 1.3 million cars in China last year, has announced it will electrify 70 percent of its vehicles in China by 2025. This comes as Beijing is calling on auto manufacturers to sell more electric vehicles to reduce vehicle emissions, as well as China's dependence on foreign oil.
By early next year, Beijing will require automakers in China to ensure that at least 8 percent of all vehicles they manufacture are electric. The country had more than 1 million electric vehicles in 2016 — an 87 percent increase over the previous year. Vehicles range in price from $6, 000 to $200, 000 (for the most expensive Tesla model).How to change pressure washer nozzles tips troy bilt 2.3gpm? How to get higher on weed tips? Tf2 how to do knife tricks? Tricks how to make your yoyo sleep? Overwatch why are there so many one tricks? What does it mean if the tips of your fingers are purple? How to make orange paint? What is 0 / 0? How to grow potatoes in a bucket? How to reset an apple watch? Which of the following tips will help you communicate more effectively with an older patient? How to pan fry pork chops? How to clean acrylic nail brushes? What is the price of oil today? Why sre tips of my syngonium turning brown? What does it mean when your eyes are yellow? 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