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The stakes are so high that SK innovation will be forced to settle

The ID.4, VW’s answer to Tesla’s popular Model Y. Photo: Jens Schlueter/Getty

This is a story of cutthroat technological war, unfathomable corporate animus, a new kind of economic nationalism, and great power competition between the two most powerful leaders in the world. The likelihood is that the rare drama will end in a settlement that could lay low one of South Korea’s most powerful companies. But before then, it is a nerve-wracking spectacle that reflects the newfound tension rife in international batteries and electric cars.


The company seems ambivalent about its coming electric F-150

A white Ford F-150 Raptor is unveiled during the Ford press conference at the North American International Auto Show in 2016.
A white Ford F-150 Raptor is unveiled during the Ford press conference at the North American International Auto Show in 2016.
Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

For 44 consecutive years, the Ford F-150 has been the bestselling pickup in the U.S. For 39 years, it’s been the most popular vehicle of any type. In the middle of next year, Ford says it will release a pure electric version of the truck, and the question then is whether the F-150, and not Tesla, Rivian, Hummer, or anyone else, is in the leading position to dominate the electric pickup.

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