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Ghana’s VP Introduced a New Transit Pass This Week That Isn’t Secure and Sends All of the Data to China

Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia launched a new digital transit pass in Accra on Monday that allows passengers to use a plastic card or their mobile phones to ride city buses. The "Tap and Go" service was designed to improve efficiency and ...

Chinese Auto Brands Zoom Past U.S., EU, and Japanese Competitors in South Africa

The latest auto sales data for South Africa reflects the growing prominence of Chinese brands: They are not yet at the top of the table, but they are moving up fast, and more Chinese competitors are rapidly entering the market. In ...

Just Two Chinese Companies Account for More Than 50% of the Global EV Battery Market

Chinese companies remain firmly in control of the global electric vehicle battery market, with two companies accounting for more than half of the industry's entire production last year. Battery giant CATL and EV manufacturer BYD together had 53% of the total ...

Chinese EV Giant BYD Launches in Rwanda

BYD, the world's largest electric vehicle manufacturer, is continuing its expansion in Africa when it launches soon in Rwanda. The company made the announcement on X last week but did not provide specific details as to when sales will begin and ...

Sino-Turkish Competition and Cooperation in the EV Sector

By Ahmet Faruk Işık and Leonardo Bruni Türkiye’s foray into the electric vehicle (EV) industry, especially with the establishment of national electric car manufacturer Togg, has given rise to both collaboration and contrast with China. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Chinese EV Leader BYD to Launch in Indonesia

BYD, the Chinese car company that recently surpassed Tesla to become the world’s largest maker of electric vehicles, will launch its first products in the Indonesian market next week. As Southeast Asia’s largest market, Indonesia will be key to the regional rollout of ...

Changan Becomes Latest Chinese Automaker to Break Ground in Thailand

Changan, one of China’s Big Four automakers, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for its first assembly plant in Thailand, following other Chinese car sellers in a rapid expansion into Southeast Asia. The new manufacturing facility is located in Thailand’s auto hotspot ...

Indonesia’s EV Ambition May Be Underestimating Some Challenges. Relying On China Won’t Be Enough

Indonesia is on a quest to build an end-to-end electric vehicle (EV) industry. The country is rich with nickel, an important raw material for nickel cobalt manganese (NCM)-based EV batteries. It’s a “confident middle-income” country, according to the World Bank, and it’s got a thriving automotive ...

China’s BYD Takes Pole Position in Thailand, Southeast Asia’s Largest EV Market

Chinese electric vehicle brand BYD has been taking over Thailand by storm. Its most popular model – Atto 3 SUVs now controls 31% of Thailand’s electric vehicle (EV) segment, less than a year after it launched in October 2022.  This ...

China’s Wuling Electrifies Indonesia’s EV Market, but Can the Spark Last?

Chinese electric vehicle maker Wuling is reaping what it sowed almost eight years ago in Indonesia — the largest and most lucrative auto market in Southeast Asia. After injecting a billion U.S. dollar investment over that period, Wuling has now sold over 10,000 Air EVs and ...
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