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An electric car is an automobile that is propelled by one or more electric motors, using electrical energy stored in rechargeable batteries or another energy storage device. Electric motors give electric cars instant torque, creating strong and smooth acceleration. They are also around three times as efficient as cars with an internal combustion engine. The first electric cars were produced in the 1880s. Since 2008, a renaissance in electric vehicle manufacturing has occurred due to advances in batteries and energy management, concerns about increasing oil prices, and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Several national and local governments have established tax credits, subsidies, and other incentives to promote the introduction and adoption in the mass market of new electric vehicles depending on battery size and their all-electric range. Electric cars are significantly quieter than conventional internal combustion engine automobiles. They do not emit tailpipe pollutants, giving a large reduction of local air pollution, and, can give a significant reduction in total greenhouse gas and other emissions (dependent on the method used for electricity generation). As of September 2015, there are over 30 models of highway legal all-electric passenger cars and utility vans available for retail sales, mainly in the United States, China, Japan, Western European countries. By mid-September 2015, about 620,000 light-duty electric vehicles have been sold worldwide out of total global sales of one million plug-in electric cars sold since 2008. The world's top selling highway-capable electric car is the Nissan Leaf, released in December 2010 and sold in 46 countries. Global Leaf sales passed the 200,000 unit milestone in December 2015, and the Tesla Model S, released in June 2012, ranks second with over 107,000 units sold worldwide. In this series, we cover stories covering the development of electric vehicles around the world.

Electric Car Series

Exclusive. Top economists call for budget measures to speed the switch to electric cars

Jun 20, 2021 12:05 pm UTC| Economy

Australias top economists overwhelmingly back government measures to speed the transition to electric cars in order to meet emission reduction targets. An exclusive poll of 62 of Australias preeminent economists ...

Electric Car Series

The trucking industry has begun to turn electric — but passenger vehicles will take a little longer

Apr 30, 2021 08:19 am UTC| Business

Australias trucking industry is making moves to go electric. The latest development a system for using swappable batteries instead of time-consuming recharge stations for long-haul trucks between Sydney and Brisbane ...

Electric Car Series

Tesla delivers 184,800 units in Q1 to surpass record, expectations

Apr 03, 2021 00:35 am UTC| Business

Tesla Inc posted record deliveries of 184,800 vehicles globally during the first quarter, beating Wall Street estimates of 177,822 vehicles, as solid demand for less expensive models offset the impact of a global shortage...

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S. Korean, Japanese EV battery makers lose market share to Chinese rivals

Mar 31, 2021 23:42 pm UTC| Economy

The global market shares of South Koreas three electric vehicle (EV) battery makers LG Energy Solution, Samsung SDI Co., and SK Innovation Co dropped in the first two months of the year despite increases in shipments due...

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BMW says electric cars to comprise 50% of sales by 2030

Mar 17, 2021 23:23 pm UTC| Business

BMW is targetting at least 50 percent of its deliveries by 2030 to be electric models, with its MINI brand becoming fully electric. The German carmaker added that around 90 percent of its market categories would be...

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Honda to sell electric SUVs, hybrids in US to comply with zero emissions target

Mar 12, 2021 23:56 pm UTC| Business

Honda of America will offer two all-electric SUVs in the US in 2024 and offer hybrid gas-electric vehicles to comply with emissions-reduction targets and cope with Californias ban on sales of new internal-combustion...

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Tesla adds $106 billion to market capitalization after shares surge almost 20%

Mar 10, 2021 08:05 am UTC| Economy

Tesla Inc shares soared nearly 20 percent on Tuesday, its largest daily gain in a year that added $106 billion to its market capitalization, due to increased China sales and improved ratings on the stock by New Street...

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Economy

Burger King’s first vegetarian restaurant opens in Madrid

Burger King is offering something exciting for its customers who do not eat meat. The fast-food chain has opened its very first vegetarian restaurant outlet in Madrid to cater to vegetarian customers. The new Burger...

Starbucks, Amazon reportedly in talks to launch cashier-less cafe outlets

Starbucks and Amazon are said to be in the discussion for the launch of coffee shops featuring the Just Walk Out technology for a cashier-less transaction when paying. The potential tie-up will place the e-commerce and...

Paypal reportedly in the final stage of acquiring Pinterest for $45B

Paypal is set to buy Pinterest for $45 billion and this was revealed by sources who are familiar with the deal. On Wednesday, Oct. 20, it was reported that the financial technology company specializing in money transfers...

Facebook: Senators urged Mark Zuckerberg to give up its Novi crypto wallet pilot

Facebook dropped its Novi crypto wallet this week for a pilot run, and just hours after its launch, government officials have called on Mark Zuckerberg to immediately discontinue the cryptocurrency wallet that is being...

Politics

Capitol insurrection: Donald Trump's lawsuit to be presided by federal judge who condemned Jan. 6 riots

In an attempt to block the House Committee from seeing White House records, former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit maintaining executive privilege. The lawsuit is set to be handled by a federal judge who is known to...

Kamala Harris, Marty Walsh announce new guidelines to encourage federal workers to join unions

US Vice President Kamala Harris is also leading the Biden administrations efforts to address labor, especially at a time where people are still struggling to work due to the pandemic. This week, Harris, along with Labor...

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead delegation in climate summit

The international summit on climate change is set to take place in the coming week as world leaders are set to propose their strategies in combating climate change. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be leading the...

Haiti gang demands $17 million ransom for kidnapped missionaries

In recent months, the nation of Haiti has seen a rise in unrest that was worsened over the past several days following the kidnapping of American and Canadian missionaries. The latest development on the kidnapping came...

Science

LG Chem develops substance for creating cheaper, lighter plastic solar panel frames

LG Chem combined polycarbonate and acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) to develop LUPOY EU5201 to be used in plastic frames for solar panels. Consequently, LG has become the first in South Korea to develop plastic...

Owls used in helping California vineyards get rid of rodents

A Humboldt State University team is attempting to prove that owls can be an effective eco-friendly option at protecting grapes from rodent attacks. Graduate students at the universitys Department of Wildlife under...

S. Korean researchers develop process that uses agri-waste to produce biofuels, plastics

The Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) had developed an enzymatic process that uses agricultural waste to produce the 4-hydroxy valeric acid--an ingredient for biofuels and plastics. The KIERs enzymatic process...

France probes Nestlé, 100 other firms over bisphenol-A use

The French government is investigating 101 companies, including Nestlé, for not disclosing their use of bisphenol-A in food packaging. In its statement of objections, Frances competition authority accused the 101...

Kansai found to have more genetically predisposed coffee lovers than elsewhere in Japan

Tokyo-based genome data analysis firm Euglena found that those with rs671 genotypes of ALDH2 are more predisposed to liking coffee and more prevalent in people from the Kansai area than other parts of Japan. Euglena...

Technology

Snapdragon 898 and Dimensity 2000: New leak says both chips will use 4nm architecture

Qualcomm and MediaTek are anticipated to reveal their latest flagship mobile SoCs that are expected to be named Snapdragon 898 and Dimensity 2000, respectively. Their core specifications might have been revealed in a...

27-inch iMac to sport 120Hz ProMotion mini-LED display, analyst reports

Apple may have big plans for the iMac line in 2022. The tech giant continues to sell an Intel-based iMac, but that might change in the coming months as the company is rumored to introduce a new 27-inch iMac. The 14-inch...

MacBook Air could have a display notch in 2022

Many were skeptical when a leak appeared online, claiming that the new MacBook Pros would have a display notch until it was confirmed during Apples October launch event on Monday. Now, it appears that the new design...

Redmi Note 11 series to launch on October 28

Xiaomi is gearing up for another smartphone launch happening next week. This time, the highlight of the upcoming event is the Redmi Note 11 series. While the company is keeping the new technical specifications under wraps,...
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