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Electric cars in China

Chinese carmakers rev up electric offerings for Frankfurt show

Startups aim to capitalize on European success of country's phone brands

HAMBURG, Germany -- Chinese carmakers are gearing up to showcase new electric models at the Frankfurt Motor Show in hopes of convincing Europeans that they are at the forefront of innovation and to shift their buying habits.

Shanghai-based startup Aiways has mounted an epic, seven-week test drive from Xi'an in western China to the gates of the 10-day Frankfurt show. Little known till now, Aiways has been keen to demonstrate the reliability and durability of its U5 electric SUV by documenting online its 15,000 km passage, especially through the steppes of Central Asia.

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