A charging station for electric vehicles is displayed together with the Great Wall C20 EV, an electric compact crossover produced by Great Wall Motors Company, at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. China's leaders are finding it's a lot tougher to create a world-beating electric car industry than they hoped. In 2009, they announced bold plans to cash in on demand for clean vehicles by making China a global power in electric car manufacturing. They pledged billions of dollars for research and called for annual sales of 500,000 cars by 2015. Today, Beijing is scaling back its ambitions, chastened by technological hurdles and lack of buyer interest. Developers have yet to achieve breakthroughs and will be lucky to sell 2,000 cars this year, mostly taxis. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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A charging station for electric vehicles is displayed together with the Great Wall C20 EV, an electric compact crossover produced by Great Wall Motors Company, at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  China's leaders are finding it's a lot tougher to create a world-beating electric car industry than they hoped.  In 2009, they announced bold plans to cash in on demand for clean vehicles by making China a global power in electric car manufacturing. They pledged billions of dollars for research and called for annual sales of 500,000 cars by 2015.  Today, Beijing is scaling back its ambitions, chastened by technological hurdles and lack of buyer interest. Developers have yet to achieve breakthroughs and will be lucky to sell 2,000 cars this year, mostly taxis.  (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
A charging station for electric vehicles is displayed together with the Great Wall C20 EV, an electric compact crossover produced by Great Wall Motors Company, at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. China's leaders are finding it's a lot tougher to create a world-beating electric car industry than they hoped. In 2009, they announced bold plans to cash in on demand for clean vehicles by making China a global power in electric car manufacturing. They pledged billions of dollars for research and called for annual sales of 500,000 cars by 2015. Today, Beijing is scaling back its ambitions, chastened by technological hurdles and lack of buyer interest. Developers have yet to achieve breakthroughs and will be lucky to sell 2,000 cars this year, mostly taxis. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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