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Chinese Carmakers Pour Into One of the Next EV Growth Markets

SAIC, Wuling, Great Wall and BYD look to make inroads where Japanese brands are dominant.

A Wuling Air electric vehicle on a test-drive course last month at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show.

A Wuling Air electric vehicle on a test-drive course last month at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show.

Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg
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An intense competitive battle is starting to take shape in Southeast Asia’s electric vehicle market between incumbent Japanese automakers and new entrants from China, Korea and domestic players in the region.