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Electric cars in China

Surging EV sales put China ahead of government targets

Officials call on industry for tech breakthroughs and consolidation

The Hongguang Mini EV, China's top-selling electric, was shown off this week at the World New Energy Vehicle Congress in Haikou. (Photo by CK Tan)

HAIKOU, China -- Surging sales of electric vehicles have put China on track to meet government targets several years early, but officials say the industry still needs to work harder on technological breakthroughs.

Chinese consumers bought 1.79 million electric vehicles over the first eight months of 2021, up 194% from the same period last year. This expansion compared with 14% growth for overall auto sales. 

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