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Chinese motorists head reluctantly down electric road

Regulators push battery power in hopes of creating new auto industry leader

Customers size up Chinese automaker BYD's Song EV300 electric car at a dealership in Beijing on Oct. 17. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BEIJING -- China is pushing for a rapid switch to electric cars as it aims to become the world leader in next-generation transport by enticing foreign automakers to build plants and by concentrating on electric vehicle technology.

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