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China 2021 EV sales to surge 40% as Tesla ramps up local output

Overall auto sales seen rising for first time in four years

A worker sanitizes a Tesla showroom in Shanghai. Tesla has been driving the overall electric vehicle market in China higher as it cuts prices and expands local production.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Sales of so-called new-energy vehicles in China, which include electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles, will jump 40% in 2021 to 1.8 million units, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Friday, as Tesla's expansion of local production and price cuts help to lift that market.

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