Chinese auto start-ups are poised to disrupt the electric car market – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Carmakers are very slow when it comes to electric cars. Volkswagen makes one solitary electric model, as does Mercedes. The Toyota Prius? That’s a hybrid. There’s extraordinarily little choice if you want an all-electric car — and there’s even less if you want an affordable one that’s well below the sizable price tag of the Tesla Model S.

That could all change in 2016, thanks to China’s new wave of nerdy automakers. They’re globally-oriented start-ups that are looking to leap into the void left by dinosaur juice-obsessed companies.

An added bonus for 2016 — the Tesla Model 3 is set to debut in March. It’s going to be the year of disruptive EV goodness.

In terms of technology in 2016, these newcomers are what I’m looking forward to the most. It looks like these start-ups won’t repeat the same mistake of China’s gray army of slipshod, uninspiring, bargain-basement car brands.

Faraday Future

A mysterious California company called Faraday Future has been teasing details of its work . “FF launches in 2017. 100 percent electric, zero-emission, fully-connected and personalized in ways you’ve never even considered possible,” said the blurb that appeared on its site over the summer.


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