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Has the West lost the electric vehicle race to China? (subscriber-only webinar)
How did the entire world become dependent on China for electric vehicles, from supply chains to manufacturing to car brands? We talk to two of the leading EV experts in this ChinaAccess exclusive webinar. To sign up, click this link here.
This webinar is SUBSCRIBER ONLY. We will be taking live questions from the audience and a video link and transcript of the event will be sent to all registered attendees afterwards. To register, be sure to log into your ChinaAccess membership account and click here.
In the global race to build EVs and the batteries that power them, China has become the world’s most important player — not only does it produce 64% of new energy vehicles in the world, it also makes most of the world’s lithium batteries and controls the crucial supply chain links of the metals that go into them.
For quite a while, this dominance has only been reflected domestically, with most electric vehicles produced in China being sold in China. But with BYD snatching the global market share top spot from Tesla in 2022, it is now rippling out across the world.
How did the U.S. and Europe fall behind? And does their current dependence on Chinese EV manufacturing and technology mean that there’s no way to catch up?
We talk to two EV industry experts about the key considerations and innovations now rocking the world and give you the opportunity to ask them about China and our electric vehicle future.
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Henry Sanderson covered commodities and mining for the Financial Times for seven years. He previously lived in China for seven years, where he worked as a Beijing-based reporter for Bloomberg News. He has appeared on BBC, Bloomberg Television, CNBC and Charlie Rose. He is currently executive editor of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, the leading provider of information and data on the lithium ion battery supply chain.
His new book Volt Rush, the Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green, is now available to order: http://bit.ly/385q6Pe
Lei Xing (邢磊 Xíng Lěi) is currently an independent industry analyst, consultant, and co-host of China EVs & More, a weekly podcast that offers views, reviews and perspectives on the China
EV, AV, and mobility sectors, with a mission to inform, educate, and offer Western audience unique insights and opinions on all that’s happening in those sectors that are now having increased global influence. Lei also writes about the industry in both Chinese and English on various media platforms for both Chinese and international audiences.
Previously, Lei spent nearly 20 years on the ground in China covering the country’s auto industry as Chief Editor of China Automotive Review, which was dedicated to providing information, intelligence, and views exclusively on the Chinese auto industry and published the only monthly English tabloid magazine on the industry distributed worldwide for nearly 15 years from 2006 to 2020. Lei has interviewed numerous global CEOs of automakers and suppliers over that time, and is well connected in the industry with both Chinese and foreign companies in the automotive space.
Lei has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from Babson College.
Barry van Wyk
Barry van Wyk is a Business Editor at The China Project. Barry was Project Coordinator of the Africa-China Reporting Project in Johannesburg from 2015 to 2022, where he supported activities providing facilitation and capacity building for journalists. He spent eight years in China from 2006 to 2014 studying Chinese in Tianjin and then working as a business analyst and media industry project manager in Beijing. His research interests include the networking and media of Overseas Chinese communities, especially in Africa, and his recent publications include Networking a Quiet Community: South African Chinese News Reporting and Networking (2021). Barry holds a Master of Arts in Economic History from the London School of Economics (2005), and Master of Arts in African History from the University of Pretoria (2004).