Sitting in Young Hall (CS 50) at the 2010 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 24, I heard Zachary Karabell explain why China and the United States were one economy. If you want to learn more, I suggest reading Superfusion. Karabell also said China relies on American innovation.
This morning, an example of that American innovation appeared as an advertisement for the CODA, an all-electric car. Usually, I ignore the Ads, which often are pains slightly below the tip of the spine.
This time, I clicked the Ad and discovered that the CODA was being manufactured mostly by a joint effort between China and a few of those American innovators Karabell mentioned. To give you an idea of how global the CODA is, check out the following list.
“About 40 percent of the components in the car, when measured by monetary value, come from US manufacturers, such as Borg Warner. The battery inside Coda’s sedan comes from a joint venture owned by Coda and China’s Tianjin Lishen Battery Co. The electronics for thermal and battery management of the pack were designed and will be produced in the US and shipped to Asia. The car will be built on assembly lines in China, with Coda engineers remaining full-time on the manufacturing floor to oversee production. Maybe ten percent of the original [Chinese] design is left.” Source: Matter Network
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