Race is on as carmakers shut, switch or sell combustion engine factories

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Manufacturers’ share prices will be dependent on their ability to avoid losses on ‘stranded assets’, says analyst

Carmakers will increasingly find themselves in a race to shut, switch or sell factories producing vehicles with internal combustion engines to avoid being left with “stranded assets”, as regulators set a course for a decade of electrification to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Traditional manufacturers are currently playing a “zero sum game” because growth in electric car sales eats into the value of internal combustion engine factories, which “are effectively stranded assets”, a leading analyst has warned.

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