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China accelerates push to develop motors for electric cars

Government gives full backing in drive to become auto superpower

BYD's Song EV300 is displayed in a Beijing showroom.

TOKYO -- As global carmakers race to roll out a new wave of electric vehicles, China is pushing hard in the battle to develop the motors that power them.

At present, Japanese manufacturers have the advantage, drawing on the expertise in motors they developed for hybrid cars. But this dominance could diminish, as research is losing momentum. Some speculate that this could allow China to begin a global power shift for motors, as well as more widely across the electric car sector.

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