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International electric car makers to face challenges in China

Cars produced by Shandong Weidong New Energy Automobile Co in Zouping, Shandong province. (Photo/Xinhua)

With the worsening environmental situation in China, the government has stepped up support for the electric car sector, with international producers also trying to tap into the the world’s largest potential market for electric vehicles.

Volkswagen plans to produce electric cars starting from 2016 and supply the Chinese market with 10 different models by 2020. In the meantime, Volkswagen’s luxury brand Audi also plans to launch a hybrid model, reports Tencent’s finance portal.

One of Toyota’s hybrid cars targeting the Chinese market is set to go into mass production next year, while Honda is working with Dongfeng Motor and the Guangzhou Automobile Group to begin producing hybrid cars in China in 2016.

Tesla Motors opened its first directly operated store in Beijing and its Model S sports car is set to go on sale in March. The US-based company also plans to open at least 10 new stores in China this year.
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