Imports from China accounted for one in five of Western Europe's battery-electric vehicle registrations in the first seven months of the year, new data shows, with Tesla leading the way.
The growth of vehicles built in China and sold in the region has come under intense scrutiny. Last month the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced an investigation into the role of the Chinese government in lowering prices of cars built there and sold here, particularly electric cars.
“Their price is kept artificially low by huge state subsidies,” von der Leyen said. “This is distorting our market.”