As the auto industry and the public wake up to the realities of climate change, the electric vehicle (EV) market has experienced a takeoff. EV parts and technology rely on global supply chains, so both the United States and China, the largest economies in the world, are at the center of this phenomenon. While Chinese EV production has surged ahead of the rest of the world, selling more than half of the world’s electric vehicles in 2021, Tesla, an American company, had the greatest market share. What are the implications of an EV race on U.S.-China relations? Can the United States and China cooperate in bolstering the market in pursuit of carbon neutrality?
In an interview conducted by Sarah Tatsis on May 10, 2022, Tom Cooney and William Lai discuss the implications of surging global EV market growth on U.S.-China relations.