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Mini Electric Cars Fill Gap in China as Official EVs Sputter
The tiny electric car that Chen Xianping drives to work over bumpy
country roads in Shandong province says much about the hurdles facing
China's efforts to promote electric vehicles and the big car companies'
efforts to sell them.
It's not a beautiful machine. The Shifeng brand car resembles a plump
Fiat Mini with oversized headlights and has a top speed of about 50
kilometres per hour.
But Chen's little car has a big advantage: It cost only 31,600 yuan
(about $5,000), far cheaper than BYD's larger e6, which costs 369,800
yuan ($58,700). And it helps that it's not a real car in the eyes of the
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PODCAST & VIDEO: 3D Printing Replacement Body Parts
Regenerative medicine, a fledgling field with the aim of regrowing parts from a person’s own cells, is being amplified with 3D-printing technology, which can now use organic materials to create scaffolds that cells need to grow into their final forms. Richard Wysk, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at North Carolina State University, discusses the latest successes with this research, and the timeline for creating more complicated structures.
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