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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

S. Korea updates EV rules in line with technological advancements

Jan 15, 2021 14:34 pm UTC| Business

South Korea has adjusted regulations for eco-friendly vehicles to reflect technological advancements and reduced emissions targets. Early this week, the government put up a revision notice based on the Automobile...

Electric Car Series

Electric car sales in China reportedly skyrocket by 10%

Jan 14, 2021 10:15 am UTC| Business Economy

The electric car market in China is growing, and in fact, it was reported that the country achieved a 10% increase in its EV sales last year. The data was only revealed this week as the computation of sales cant be...

Electric Car Series

Volkswagen boosts EV sales by 214% to pose challenge to Tesla

Jan 13, 2021 23:57 pm UTC| Business

Volkswagen sold 231,600 battery electric vehicles in 2020, representing a 214 percent on-year increase to mount a challenge to Tesla. According to Ralf Brandsttter, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, the company is on...

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Tesla to tailor-fit cars for China

Jan 11, 2021 03:52 am UTC| Business

Tesla Inc is planning to design electric cars tailored to Chinese consumer tastes and is looking for a design director for the full-function studio it would put up either in Shanghai or Beijing. The companys human...

Electric Car Series

Can a future ban on gas-powered cars work? An economist explains

Jan 06, 2021 04:19 am UTC| Economy

The U.S. transportation sector is one of the largest contributors of carbon dioxide, the potent driver of climate change. Transportation accounts for about 28% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and, since 1990,...

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Norway's purchase of electric cars hit record 54%

Jan 05, 2021 23:28 pm UTC| Economy Business

Electric vehicles accounted for 54 percent of cars sold in Norway last year, up 42 percent the previous year, to put the country ahead of its schedule in eliminating polluting vehicles from roads by 2025. Norway, the...

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Millions of electric cars will need charging in future – but how?

Dec 17, 2020 11:10 am UTC| Technology

One consequence of Brexit is that Britain will desperately need a modernising industrial strategy. In Boris Johnsons mind, a key element of this is the recently announced green industrial revolution which included bringing...

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Economy

MSCI is removing five Chinese firms from its global index due to Trump’s EO 13959

MSCI Inc. revealed this week that it will be pulling out five Chinese companies from its global equity index. The American finance company headquartered in New York City stated that the removal will begin on Jan. 27 since...

S. Korea fines 7 local steelmakers 300 billion won over price collusion

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) fined Hyundai Steel Co. and six other steelmakers a combined 300 billion won for colluding to fix the purchase price of steel scrap. It marked the fourth-largest amount of fines...

Starbucks suffers 5% dip in quarterly sales

Starbucks Corp. reported a 5 percent drop in sales in the first quarter ending Dec. 27, more than analysts estimates of a 3.4 percent decline, as the soaring number of coronavirus cases in the United States kept customers...

S. Koreans spend 12.2 trillion won on top food delivery services in 2020

South Koreans spent 12.2 trillion won on the countrys top two food delivery services, Baedal Minjok and Yogiyo, last year, up 75 percent from 6.95 trillion won in 2019, according to the data from industry tracker...

Politics

Ivanka Trump may be backed for a 2024 presidential bid by father Donald Trump if ex-POTUS cannot run

Of all of Donald Trumps adult children, Ivanka Trump is the one who has worked closely with him as his adviser during his term. Should Trump be unable to run for president in the 2024 elections, Ivanka is predicted to be...

Joe Biden climate policy: Executives pen open letter to POTUS in support of climate change fight

Joe Biden has reiterated the importance of fighting the ongoing issue that is climate change, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement shortly after his inauguration. Executives from major companies have now signed on to...

Joe Biden reaffirms alliance in phone call with Angela Merkel

Since becoming the new president, Joe Biden has been busy contacting fellow world leaders to reaffirm ties while also pressing on some issues at hand. One of his most recent calls was with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,...

Melania Trump career: Ex-FLOTUS reportedly plans to 'disappear' from public in preparation for new venture

It remains to be seen what former first lady Melania Trump plans to do now that she is out of the White House. But, Melania may be looking to pursue a new venture but not before shying away from the public eye for a...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ players still demand the return of Brewster and The Roost

Every video game franchise has beloved characters that fans always hope to see in new installments, and that is arguably Brewster for the Animal Crossing series. With Animal Crossing: New Horizons close to celebrating its...

Amazon launches $5/month Alexa Guard Plus service that makes speakers bark like a dog

People now live in a world of subscription-based services, and Amazon has just introduced its new offering to pair with its Echo speakers. The company just launched the Alexa Guard Plus that, as the name suggests, presents...

Apple Watch Series 7 is reportedly launching with a non-invasive blood sugar level monitoring feature

The Apple Watch Series 7 could be a vital gadget for smartwatch users with diabetes. The upcoming wearable device is reportedly launching with a new medical monitoring feature later this year. Apple Watch Series 7 is...

OnePlus 9 devices reportedly launching with 120Hz display and 65W fast charging

The OnePlus 9 series has been mentioned in a new leak claiming a couple of significant upgrades are in the works. Devices included in the lineup are expected to have a display with support for a 120Hz refresh rate and an...
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