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Supersmall electric vehicles are taking over roads in some parts of China—no driver’s license needed
Small, slow and super cheap: China's low-speed electric vehicles, or LSEVs, are bringing the thrill of driving to the masses—and hampering the government's efforts to develop an upscale EV industry. Image: Crystal Tai
GAOTANG, China—Each morning, Li Xiuzhen packs her two children into her tiny electric car to get her daughter to school. With her youngest on her lap, there is just enough room.
As the 36-year-old mom trundles into the morning rush-hour traffic, it becomes clear that an inordinate amount of people in this town of half a million people 200 miles south of Beijing drive similar contraptions, downsized electric vehicles too small and underpowered to be considered “real” cars.