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China goes all out to be king of the electric car

But will drivers embrace battery-powered vehicles before the lavish subsidies run out?

YU NAKAMURA, Nikkei staff writer, KAZUYUKI OKUDAIRA, Nikkei senior staff writer, and KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asian Review chief desk editor | China

GUANGZHOU/TOKYO -- After spending a dozen years working as a successful executive in the auto industry in China, Daniel Kirchert had something of a revelation. It was 2015, and the veteran of BMW and Nissan Motor was awed by a wave of change washing over his century-old industry.

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