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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...

Electric Car Series

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...

Electric Car Series

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

McDonald’s misses earnings estimates due to rising costs, pandemic woes

McDonalds fell short of its revenue, and profit estimates, and the company cited rising costs and low sales turnout in its more than 4,500 store outlets in China and Australia. It said that the issues brought by the...

Nike appoints Ann Miller as new executive vice president

Nike, the American footwear and sports apparel company, announced it had promoted Ann Miller to be its new executive vice president and general counsel. Her assignment is set to take effect on Feb. 17. Portland Business...

S. Korea’s Largest Solar Farm Begins Operations

South Koreas largest solar power plant that covers an area of 1.42 million square meters, encompassing four towns in the southwestern county of Shinan has begun operations. The solar farm, which holds a capacity of 150...

S. Korean institute develops chimney smoke fine dust filtration system

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials had developed a system that filters fine dust in the white smoke emitted from thermoelectric power plants and waste incinerating facilities through simultaneous cooling and...

Politics

Donald Trump 'strong-armed' the RNC into paying his legal fees

Former President Donald Trump is facing several lawsuits and investigations, a few of which were related to the 2020 elections and his efforts to overturn the election results. Attorney Tristan Snell explained how Trumps...

Mark Meadows aide testified before Jan. 6 committee

The congressional committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection is steadily making more and more progress into piecing together the events that took place. Another development to the panels probe is that they...

Kamala Harris to play important role in selecting new SCOTUS justice

Speculations have now begun as to who US President Joe Biden will be nominating as the next Supreme Court justice. Vice President Kamala Harris is set to play a key role in the selection of the next justice of the high...

Joe Biden, Drew Barrymore, others to honor Betty White in tv special

US President Joe Biden will take part in a television special honoring actress and comedienne Betty White, who passed away in December. Biden will be alongside many other celebrity guests in the special that is set to air...

Science

Hyundai Steel develops high crack resistance steel plates for EVs

Hyundai Steel Co. had developed a premium 1.5GPa martensitic (MS) steel plate for eco-friendly vehicles, which has a higher crack resistance than any other in the same product category. South Koreas No. 2 steelmaker...

Japanese lunar exploration firm Ispace plans first moon landing by private firm

Ispace Inc. will execute the worlds first moon landing by a private company through its unmanned lunar lander, which will be launched by the end of this year from the US. It will carry lunar probes developed separately...

SK Chemicals to ramp up production of chemically-recycled PET for food containers

SK Chemicals Co. has ramped up its production of chemically-recycled (CR) PET for the food container market, made by chemically decomposing waste plastics to turn them into pure raw materials and then used for...

S. Korean researchers develop portable ‘electronic nose that checks meat freschness

The Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology developed a portable electronic nose that can check in real-time whether meat has spoiled. The research team developed the electronic nose by creating two...

S. Korean scientists develop protein absorbent that collects rare earth elements from steel slag

A Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology research team has developed a protein absorbent that can collect rare earth elements from steel slag, an industrial by-product. The research team succeeded in selectively...

Technology

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G will reportedly launch on February 11

It now looks like February is going to be a huge month for people looking to upgrade to a new mid-range phone as well. A recent leak suggests the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G could be announced in February. To recap, the first...

‘Death Stranding’ PC gamers will only pay $10 for the Director’s Cut upgrade

PC gamers finally have a release date for the Death Stranding: Directors Cut on Steam, and it is happening quite soon. Another good news is that players who have already purchased the base game do not have to buy the...

‘Hyper Scape’ servers to shut down on April 28

Ubisoft announced on Thursday that it would stop the development of Hyper Scape in the coming months. That also means its servers will be shut down soon, leaving its loyal fans only a few months left to keep playing the...

Epic Games Store will continue offering weekly free games in 2022

Epic Games Store users will continue getting one of the best deals throughout 2022 as Epic Games announced that the weekly free game giveaways will still be available on its digital storefront. Players have also been...
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