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Electric car makers woo Chinese buyers with range, features

Updated : April 18, 2019 05:44 PM IST

Automakers showcased electric SUVs and sedans with longer range and luxury features Tuesday at the Shanghai auto show, wooing Chinese buyers as Beijing slashes subsidies that helped to launch the industry. China's communist leaders have spent heavily seeking to make the country a leader in electrics. They're now shifting the burden to automakers by imposing sales targets. That requires brands to create consumer-friendly models at a time when they are struggling with a sales slump.

A worker dusts off the roof of the Velite 6, Buick's first all-electric model for China during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A worker dusts off the roof of the Velite 6, Buick's first all-electric model for China during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Volkswagen unveils a concept electric SUV, the whimsically named ID. ROOMZZ during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Volkswagen unveils a concept electric SUV, the whimsically named ID. ROOMZZ during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Volkswagen unveils a concept electric SUV, the whimsically named ID. ROOMZZ during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Volkswagen unveils a concept electric SUV, the whimsically named ID. ROOMZZ during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
The Sylphy Zero Emission, an all-electric model designed for China is displayed at the Nissan booth during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
The Sylphy Zero Emission, an all-electric model designed for China is displayed at the Nissan booth during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Attendees wait to visit the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Attendees wait to visit the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A man waits near a sign for the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A man waits near a sign for the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese automaker Geely Auto displays a sedan from its new electric brand Geometry during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese automaker Geely Auto displays a sedan from its new electric brand Geometry during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese automaker Geely Auto displays a sedan from its new electric brand Geometry during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese automaker Geely Auto displays a sedan from its new electric brand Geometry during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A woman takes a photo of the interior of a new car from Chinese automaker Geely Auto under its new electric brand Geometry during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A woman takes a photo of the interior of a new car from Chinese automaker Geely Auto under its new electric brand Geometry during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Wang Chuanfu, chairman and president of BYD Auto, the biggest global electric brand by sales volume, prepares to show the latest cars during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Wang Chuanfu, chairman and president of BYD Auto, the biggest global electric brand by sales volume, prepares to show the latest cars during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai Tuesday, April 16, 2019.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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