>> Automakers are locked in a battle to define the future of electric driving. And this year's Beijing Auto Show is nearly an arena between traditional automakers and upstarts showing off their electric car dream. That's because China, the world's biggest auto market, looks like the place where electric vehicles may really roll into the mainstream.
Beijing is introducing strict pollution rules that will force auto makers to make more battery powered cars if they want in. It's feeding traditional powerhouses like BMW and General Motors against local newcomers. But as Router's Nori Sheroser found out on the show floor new Chinese players think they've got the advantage.
>> These new companies, new startups are devoted to electrification, new technology and they say traditional companies who are competing with this new startups now, they have two things that they are working on. They have gasoline engine on one side, and new electrification technology on the other side, so they're balancing this two.
By contrast, the Singulato, Weimar, these new start ups they're devoted to electrification, new technology, and that's what they think is their edge.>> But making cars en mass isn't easy and China's start-ups will have to compete against industry juggernauts. Like Audi who plan to release five new electric SUVs by 2022, and Mercedes who are showing off all new electric luxury vehicles like the Concept EQA.
Making for a David and Goliath showdown for millions of potential electric drivers on China's highways.