Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Beijing Auto Show: Chinese Upstarts Take On the Electric Car Market

The Beijing Auto Show is the latest opportunity for China to showcase fruits of the estimated 37 billion yuan ($5.6 billion) invested into new-energy vehicles over the past five years. Highlights include models from BYD Co., the automaker backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. that is collaborating with Daimler AG; and the concept from Faraday Future, which counts tech billionaire Jia Yueting as a major investor. Photographs by Qilai Shen/Bloomberg.

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    The automaker behind the LeEco LeSEE concept shares a co-founder with Faraday Future and follows Tesla's Model 3 design playbook, with a grille-less front.

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    New Chinese brand Cowin Motors used crowdsourcing to design its X3 SUV prototype, which will be unveiled this year.

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    First shown at CES in January, the Faraday Future FFZero1 gives a preview of what can be expected out of the 900-acre Nevada factory the company recently began to break ground on.

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    Jianghuai Motor Co., a maker of commercial trucks and city cars, shows its range in new-energy vehicles too, with a number of different body styles including the iEV6E.

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    Two years ago, the Chinese government official's car brand FAW sold one of its limousines for 5 million yuan (then $803,300). This year it wants to steal the show again with the Red Flag H7 PHEV. 

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    The Chery FV 2030 plug-in hybrid concept is just hitting the auto show circuit from Jaguar Land Rover's joint venture partner.

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    BAIC, the automaker reaching 55 years into the past in trying to revive the defunct Borgward brand, says "Hello, future!" with its Arcfox-7 all-electric supercar concept that boasts 603 horsepower.

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    Headrests inside the BAIC Group Arcfox-1 concept. The carmaker claims a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds and top speed of 186 mph.

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    China's automakers are expanding their reach abroad—BAIC Group designed the Arcfox-1 concept out of Barcelona, Spain. 

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    With China unable to get enough of Beijing Auto's SUVs, the carmaker is testing demand of electric variants with the EX200.

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    A BYD EV300 sedan.  The automaker perhaps best known for drawing an investment from Buffett's Berkshire has made raising the profile of its brand a top priority. 

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    SAIC Motor, which has formed a partnership with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., is integrating Internet technology with vehicles including its Roewe ERX5.