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Why Americans Can’t Buy Cheap Chinese Electric Vehicles

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U.S. has built a fortress to keep out Chinese EVs as millions sell around the world

Polestar, a luxury EV brand owned by Chinese automaker Geely and its Volvo unit, plans to start production in South Carolina next year. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Chinese automakers are winning over millions of consumers around the world with affordable electric vehicles. They are conspicuously absent from one big market: the U.S. 

Washington has effectively built a fortress to keep out Chinese EVs. Former President Donald Trump imposed a 25% tax on Chinese auto imports. President Biden backed that policy and went further, denying them “Buy America” credits that can reduce consumers’ price tag by thousands of dollars. 

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