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China’s EV Startups Suffer Widening Losses Despite Sales Boom

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Rising battery prices and supply-chain delays this year have driven up costs for cash-burning auto makers

With gas prices on a wild ride, many consumers are exploring whether buying an electric vehicle could save them money in the long run. WSJ’s George Downs breaks down four factors to consider when buying a new car. Photo composite: George Downs

HONG KONG—China’s electric-vehicle market is booming, but the country’s hottest EV startups are seeing losses grow even as sales rise.

Rising battery prices and supply-chain delays this year have driven up costs further for emerging EV makers. The startups are already burning cash to introduce newer, smarter models—complete with heated massage seats or battery-swapping services—to gain a foothold in the world’s largest automobile market.

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