China leaves Western rivals in the dust in battery race

The battery revolution is here, and China is in control of the entire supply chain for the booming EV industry, says battery analyst who sees an opportunity for the West to shatter China’s dominance.

Chinese Guangzhou Xiaopeng Motors Technology Co Ltd, or XPeng Motors, unveils its latest EV on the New York stock exchange. | Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix/REUTERS / X90033

At the end of the 1800s, more than a third of all US motorists drove electric vehicles.

Even Henry Ford’s wife, Clara Jane Bryant, drove an electric car while Ford was working for Thomas Edison, who, on paper, was busy trying to set up an industry for electric vehicles. The New York Times even heralded Edison as the man who would rid the roads of horses thanks to his battery invention.

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