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Chinese Trucks, Buses, Cars, SUVs, Vans… Gas Powered, Electric Powered… You Name It, They’re Coming to Africa

Chinese automakers have set their sights on the Africa market and are moving fast to grab market share from legacy players in the combustion engine side of the business and to snag the first-mover advantage on the EV side as well. ...

China’s Largest EV Battery Manufacturer Wants to Move Beyond Cobalt

While Chinese companies are investing billions of dollars to build new cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a broader effort to control the global electric vehicle battery market, they're also moving fast to develop new batteries that, in the future, won't rely ...

SolarTaxi: The Hot Ghanaian Start-Up Powered by Low-Cost Chinese Tech

Tech entrepreneur Jorge Appiah wants to revolutionize how people and goods get around Ghana by making transportation cheaper and, more important, cleaner. The CEO and Founder of SolarTaxi, a start-up launched in 2019 focused on electric-powered mobility solutions for both businesses and consumers, is ...

Forget Cobalt, China Wants More of the Lithium Market To Power Electric Vehicles

The Chinese copper and gold mining giant Zijin Mining Group Co. took investors by surprise last week when it bought the Canadian company Neo Lithium Corp.'s South American lithium mining assets for $770 million. The deal highlights the growing importance that Chinese mining companies and electric vehicle battery ...

Ford’s CEO is Unhappy with China and the DRC’s Control Over EV Supply Chain

Ford chief executive Jim Farley said the cost of electric vehicles remains too high, in part because of the cost of importing key raw materials like cobalt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and relying on batteries made in China. Instead, Farley called for both to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

Automakers Keen to Reduce Reliance on Cobalt-Powered EV Batteries

Rumors are buzzing within the Chinese auto industry that Tesla is trying for the first time to produce a car without a cobalt-powered battery. Tesla is reportedly considering the use of Chinese EV giant BYD's LFP (Lithium iron phosphate) Blade battery. ...

China’s Once Obscure Auto Brands Are Building a Loyal Following in Critical African Markets

The Haval Jolion's jump to number two in South Africa's SUV market is the latest indication of the growing popularity of Chinese-made vehicles in Africa. Great Wall’s P Series pickup is also now a top-five brand in SA, Africa's largest automotive market.

The Haval Jolion Highlights The Major Inroads Chinese Cars Are Making in the African Auto Market

The popular South African auto review site cars.co.za just couldn't be more effusive about Great Wall Motors' new Haval Jolion SUV. "Should you buy the Jolion," the online review asked rhetorically, "you’d be silly not to." But the ...

Glencore’s CEO Warns Western Automakers About China’s Control of Congolese Cobalt

The CEO of the world's largest cobalt mining company issued a stern warning to U.S. and European automakers that they had better get their acts together to secure supplies of this precious metal or else risk becoming dependent on China for batteries to power their electric vehicles. ...

Chinese Automakers Are Making New Inroads Across Africa

Geely, China's largest independent automaker, launched its new Coolray SUV in Nigeria in what's become a big push by Chinese auto companies to expand their presence in Africa. The SUV category is especially popular, as evidenced by the strong performance in South ...