On that front, China and Russia are ideally positioned for success. Their companies don't carry the baggage that many Western automakers do, meaning that they're more open to experimentation. And China and Russia are home to quite a few wealthy investors, eager to become even wealthier.
So, while it could be a complete coincidence that Chinese and Russian moguls have turned their attention to electric cars recently, it's possible that this is the shape of things to come. These investors could be laying the groundwork for leading the future EV market -- and without having to reinvent the proverbial wheel (or a car brand).
Are they on track? Could Russian and Chinese brands dominate electric car lots the way that American, European, and other Asian brands do now? Or is the existing competition from Western companies insurmountable? Or, more importantly, are we way off base? Drop us a note, or leave a comment below.