Record number of EVs at Guangzhou motor show

The Guangzhou motor show opened in southern China on Friday. The vehicles on display reflect an accelerating shift toward electric power in the world's biggest auto market.

A record more than 240 alternative-energy vehicles are on show. That represents nearly a quarter of all models offered by carmakers worldwide.

China's GAC Aion introduced an EV featuring a high-performance battery developed by the group. The company says the vehicle has a driving range of more than 1,000 kilometers on a single charge. That's said to be the longest in the world for a mass-produced model.

Japanese automakers were among the participants. Honda Motor unveiled a new model under its EV brand launched in China this year, while Nissan Motor is exhibiting a hybrid that goes on sale in the country in December.

Electrification of vehicles is accelerating in China with EV sales topping 2.1 million units as of October. That's nearly double the figure of all of last year.