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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

Reebok stores in Russia up for sale, Turkish retailer FLO Magazacilik reportedly in talks to take over

Reebok is selling over 100 of its stores in Russia and Turkeys retail company, FLO Magazacilik, is currently in discussion for the acquisition of the properties. The talks were reportedly confirmed by the latters chairman,...

Samsung reportedly raising prices of its semiconductor products

Samsung Electronics Co. is reportedly mulling on hiking prices for its chips. It is considering up to a 20% increase, and this was first reported on Friday. The company is said to be currently in talks with foundry...

Court picks KG Group as SsangYong Motor preferred bidder

SsangYong Motor is in search of a new buyer after its acquisition deal with Edison Motors Company failed to push through. The race to acquire the South Koreabased automobile manufacturer opened again, and companies have...

Nike inks Stanford's Rachel Heck as first NIL golfer

US sportswear brand Nike has signed Stanford Universitys Rachel Heck as its first name, image, and likeness (NIL) golf athlete. Heck is presently ranked third in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, with significant...

S. Korea's blockchain gaming industry rattled by TerraUSD, Luna debacle

South Korean gaming firms that feature virtual coins and other blockchain functionalities remain on alert over the adverse effects of the recent collapse of the TerraUSD and Luna cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies...

Politics

Joe Biden eases some policies on Cuba

US President Joe Biden and his administration made another reversal of some policies that were implemented under the Trump administration. This week, the Biden administration eased some of the policies regarding Cuba,...

North Korea: Kim Jong-un orders military to stabilize distribution of COVID-19 medicine

North Korea has been dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 since it was first reported last week. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his military to stabilize the distribution of medicine for COVID-19 in the...

Melania Trump says Anna Wintour is 'biased' as Jill Biden made Vogue cover

Former first lady Melania Trump did not have nice things to say about Vogues editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in her latest interview. Mrs. Trump called Wintour biased as her successor, Dr. Jill Biden, made the cover of the...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Ukraine says it repelled Russian incursion in Sumy region

The war in Ukraine moves into another week, with Ukrainian soldiers launching their counteroffensive on Russian forces. Ukraine said that its border guards managed to drive out a Russian incursion in the northeastern...

Science

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Osaka University team proves safety of iPS-based cornea transplant

An Osaka University research team has concluded that the worlds first clinical trial, transplanting corneal tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, was safe and effective. According to the...

Technology

Bloober Team CEO responds to ‘Silent Hill 2’ remake rumors

Silent Hill is once again making headlines with rumors that multiple projects for the franchise are in the pipeline. The reports said Bloober Team is working on a remake of Silent Hill 2, but CEO Piotr Babieno said they...

YouTube Music for Wear OS adds support for Wi-Fi, LTE streaming

Google previously promised to make YouTube Music for Wear OS function more independently on smartwatches even when users do not have their phones nearby. That will come true this week as the company announced the imminent...

Sony unveils revamped PS Plus games lineup and free trials

There is only a week left before the all-new PS Plus goes live in some regions. Sony released a preview of popular first-party and third-party games available to download at launch. While the list of games with free trials...

AirPods could also shift to USB-C port in the ‘foreseeable future’

More reports have emerged suggesting that Apple is a step closer to ditching the Lightning port for USB-C. And analyst Ming-Chi Kuo provided more insight on the matter, noting that the tech giant is also planning on...

Netflix could launch live streaming for its platform

Netflix is reportedly developing a new way to deliver content to its subscribers. The streaming giant is said to be in the early stages of experimenting with live streaming, although it is still uncertain when and if it...
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