Speculation over the LeEco-backed Aston Martin electric super car has been building since the two companies announced in January their intention to release the vehicle by 2018.

While the US has led the development of connected, autonomous and electric vehicles, China is playing a hasty catchup game, backed by the country’s cashed-up tech giants.

According to Rao Hong, the CTO of LeAutoLink, part of LeEco’s Super Electric Ecosystem (SEE) Plan, development on the super car has been shortened from a five-year project to a three year project, with an indirect partnership from electric vehicle startup Faraday Future.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com