Electric Cars: China's Power Play

Photo-montage by Gabor Ekecs for TIME

Correction and Clarification Appended: September 1, 2009

As Kevin Czinger breaks free of midtown Manhattan's heart-attack traffic and floors what would be the gas pedal in a more conventional car, the only sound is the hiss of the rain outside and something like an accelerating yawn from the electric motor. Czinger is showing off his company's battery-powered car, the Coda Automotive sedan, which emerged in public this June. As one more car to save the planet, the Coda is nice enough. It gets around 100 miles per charge, handles well and — unlike many of...

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