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Chinese EV startup NextEV to test self-driving vehicle in California

NextEV has joined two other Chinese-owned companies to test autonomous vehicles in California.

The electric vehicle startup received a permit from California's Department of Motor Vehicles to conduct road tests, NextEV said in a statement.

It has also obtained a $10 million (67 million yuan) tax credit through the California Competes Tax Credit program, the company said last week.

NextEV, incorporated in Shanghai in 2014, now is testing a prototype of its high-performance electric sports car in the United Kingdom, according to Chinese media.

In April, the company signed a 10 billion yuan agreement with state-owned Chinese light vehicle maker Jianghuai Automobile Co. to jointly develop EVs. The two companies plan to introduce their first electric model late next year.

NextEV is the third Chinese-backed company to win California's approval to test self-driving vehicles.

In September, Baidu Inc., a leading Chinese Internet service provider, said California had approved its application to test driverless vehicles.

In June, Farady Future, a Los Angeles-based startup funded by Chinese internet company LeEco, confirmed to Reuters its plan to begin testing a self-driving EV this year.

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