Summary Box: China's electric car struggles

Associated Press
A woman demonstrates BYD's new charging and discharging technology on a BYD e6 electric car during the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing, China, Monday, April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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STRUGGLING WITH A GOAL: China is finding it's a lot tougher to create a world-beating electric car industry than its leaders hoped.

THE REALITIES: Beijing is scaling back its ambitions, chastened by technological hurdles and lack of buyer interest.

CHANGING TARGETS: The government has hedged its bets by broadening the industry's official goals to include cleaner gasoline engines.

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