Ford is teaming up with a Chinese automaker to build electric cars in China

The deal isn’t a surprise; Ford and Zotye Auto said in August that they were exploring the possibility of a joint venture focused on electric vehicles. Ford’s Asia Pacific chief, Peter Fleet, said that Zotye Ford’s vehicles will be aimed at young urban buyers: “Subject to regulatory approval, Zotye Ford will introduce a new brand family of small all-electric vehicles. We will be exploring innovative vehicle connectivity and mobility service solutions for a new generation of young city-dwelling Chinese customers.”

About Ford’s new EV partner: Zotye Auto

Zotye Auto is a privately held automaker headquartered in Huangshan City, about 300 miles west of Shanghai. It’s pretty small: Zotye sold about 323,000 vehicles in 2016, according to JATO Dynamics. (For comparison, Ford shipped about 6.7 million vehicles in 2016.)

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