China Wins EV Race: US Car Makers Shift Plans

China has emerged victorious in the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing wars, significantly impacting the strategies of major US car makers like Ford, GM, and Tesla. Analysts assert that Western auto firms have accepted China’s supremacy in EVs, leading to a shift in focus towards cooperation and protectionism.


Chinese car manufacturers, particularly BYD and MG, have excelled in producing affordable EVs, contrasting with higher-priced models from US and European companies. This realization has prompted Ford to scale back its EV investment by $500 million after reporting a $1.3 billion loss from selling just 10,000 EVs. Even Tesla is reevaluating its approach, hinting at a potential shift towards AI, robot-taxis, and subscription services.

Why does it matter?

The market share of EVs varies across regions, with the US at 6.5%, Europe at 15.5%, and China at over 22%. Ford, for instance, has earmarked $700 million for purchasing EV credits to meet emission targets, indicating a possible increase in budget allocation. Analysts predict GM and Ford may settle for a mere 5% EV sales share by the end of the decade to cater to consumer preferences and maximize profits.

How is it going to shape the future?

The future of EVs in Western markets hinges on forging partnerships with Chinese companies for technologies and supply chains. To navigate protectionist measures, Chinese firms like BYD are establishing manufacturing plants in Europe and Mexico. Elon Musk’s recent visit to China underscores the importance of such collaborations beyond surface-level activities. As the EV landscape evolves, adapting to China’s dominance will be crucial for the long-term sustainability and growth of the industry.