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In China, a Big Auto Show Returns to a Country That Has Gone Electric


A hall showing off electric vehicles made by Nio, XPeng Motors, Zeekr and dozens of other Chinese companies was mobbed with visitors. An area nearby full of gasoline-powered cars by foreign brands barely got a second look by anyone.At the same event, Volkswagen, which vies with Toyota to be the world’s biggest seller of cars with combustion engines, issued a bold forecast: Within two years, half the cars sold in China, the world’s largest automobile market, will be electric, up from only 6 percent in 2020.The theme at the Shanghai auto show this week was clear. Electric cars are here to stay, and Chinese automakers are leading the field.Silvio Pietro Angori, the chief executive and managing director of Pininfarina of …

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