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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

Hydrogen cars won't overtake electric vehicles because they're hampered by the laws of science

Jun 03, 2020 14:35 pm UTC| Science

Hydrogen has long been touted as the future for passenger cars. The hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which simply runs on pressurised hydrogen from a fuelling station, produces zero carbon emissions from its...

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Wrong way, go back: a proposed new tax on electric vehicles is a bad idea

Dec 24, 2019 08:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

In recent years, false claims have circulated that electric vehicles are breaking our roads because they dont use fuel and so their drivers dont pay fuel excise. Heeding such concerns, both the Victorian and New South...

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Love it or hate it, Tesla's Cybertruck is revolutionary

Dec 04, 2019 11:23 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

With a collective gasp and puzzled looks, the world was recently introduced to Teslas newest vehicle. The so-called Cybertruck is an angular, stainless steel, all-electric pickup truck that quickly became...

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Sweden's new road powers electric vehicles – what's the environmental impact?

Apr 21, 2018 16:18 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Sweden has built the first smart road that will allow electric vehicles to charge as they drive. The eRoadArlanda pilot scheme, which covers two kilometres of road outside Stockholm, is an attempt to solve one of the...

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Why don't electric cars look like the future?

Jan 09, 2018 15:34 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Electric cars were supposed to be the future or at least look like it. So now theyre here, why do they still look like ordinary petrol and diesel cars and not dazzling props from a science fiction film. Before they hit...

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End of the road for traditional vehicles? Here are the facts

Oct 10, 2017 13:32 pm UTC| Insights & Views

New sales of petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040 in the UK, which has since been joined by France. Sweden and Scotland will impose the ban by 2032, and Norway by 2025. Coupled with increasing concern over the...

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Jobs, tax and politics: three ways electric vehicles will change our world

Oct 06, 2017 00:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology Economy

China, the worlds largest car market, is working on a timetable to stop the production and sale of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. India has declared its intention to make all new vehicles electric by 2030. Like...

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Economy

Afghanistan inks $160 million solar and wind power deal with US, Turkey, India.

Afghanistan signed a $160 million solar photovoltaic and wind power project deal with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Turkey, and India that will bolster its grid by 110 megawatts in the next 16...

UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel explored possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, and renewable energy in a video call on Wednesday. The two countries also focused on advanced...

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

South Korea exported US$1.69 billion worth of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices in August, up 42 percent from a year ago. According to data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the...

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

Politics

Joe Biden Nomination: UK Labor MP Chris Bryant nominates former VP for Nobel Peace Prize

Joe Biden faces off with Donald Trump in the first of three presidential debates, which could help him maintain his steady lead in the public opinion polls in several swing states. Along with his opponent, Biden has also...

Donald Trump announcement: POTUS reveals plan to distribute 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests

The United States is still struggling with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with millions infected and over 200,000 Americans dead from the disease. This week, Donald Trump announced his administrations plan of distributing...

Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump could face imprisonment, says former Watergate prosecutor

White House adviser Ivanka Trump was among the names dropped in the New York Times piece that revealed her father Donald Trumps financial records. Nick Akerman, who served as a prosecutor during the Watergate proceedings,...

Melania Trump, Jill Biden meet for the first time at first presidential debate

First lady Melania Trump often keeps a low profile when it comes to her husband Donald Trumps campaigning for reelection, having only made her case for him at the Republican National Convention. With Donald Trump facing...

Science

Asteroid alert: Rock similar to Chelyabinsk meteor to pass by Earth today

There is a very minute chance of an asteroid posing a threat to Earth, especially in recent years. One asteroid is set to make its approach to Earth today but will not pose a threat to the planet. Known as 2020 SV5, the...

NASA: Chandra X-Ray Observatory turns images of Milky Way galaxy into sound

Astronauts and scientists are the only ones who have been able to hear the sounds of space and the universe. Now, everyone can be able to hear what the Milky Way sounds like thanks to NASAs Chandra X-Ray...

Aliens: ROCOSMOS astronaut claims first meeting will intelligent extraterrestrial life forms would be diplomatic

Even as space agencies are looking for signs of life in the form of microbes, there may still lie the possibility of meeting actual extraterrestrials or intelligent beings outside Earth. In case the latter happens, a...

NASA releases image of the universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

We have long known that the universe is massive, larger than we could ever imagine. However, it does pose the question as to how big it actually is, and NASA has released a photo capturing the universe we live in in its...

Technology

Motorola Razr 2020 arrives on Oct. 2 with up to $700 discount on T-Mobile

The Motorola Razr 2020 is almost here, and T-Mobile appears to have one of the best offers that could get its customers up to 50% discount. It is also worth noting that the upcoming smartphone will have a number of specs...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ last phase of development sends CD Projekt Red in a crunch

CD Projekt Red has maintained that Cyberpunk 2077 will remain in its current release date set in November. With just more than a month left, however, a report emerged claiming the studio has required its developers to work...

iOS 14.2 beta 2 code hints at iPhone 12 boxes not having free EarPods

A recent update on the iOS 14 has reportedly contained codes that seem to correspond with an earlier about the iPhone 12. The codes in question dropped a crucial word and now suggests the new smartphones will be shipped...

‘Mass Effect: Legendary Edition’ is delayed to ‘early 2021’

The Mass Effect trilogy in its remastered state has been on top of the wish list of its avid fans for years. Unfortunately, they will need more patience as the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is now reportedly scheduled for...

‘Final Fantasy 16’ gets provisional M age rating

More information is being released since Final Fantasy 16 was announced during the PlayStation 5 event earlier this month. One of them includes its age rating that indicates the titles content, visuals, and gameplay are...
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