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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

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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New Mercedes-Benz Maybach Convertible Is An Electric Car Enthusiast’s Dream

Aug 21, 2017 06:24 am UTC| Technology

Anyone who has been following the development of the electric car for decades will remember a time when analysts and so-called experts said that such vehicles would never be sexy enough for the masses. Then Tesla came...

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The economic black hole at the heart of the shift to electric vehicles

Aug 07, 2017 16:02 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 is perhaps the most significant policy announcement made by the UK government in the past decade (with the possible exception of Brexit). It feels like a...

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Economy

GDP update: spending dips and saving soars as we stash rather than spend our tax cuts

Australians saved rather than spent most of the budget tax cuts, almost doubling the proportion of household income saved, leaving spending languishing. The September quarter national accounts show that in the first...

A global downturn looks likely, yet it's being totally ignored in the UK election

For all the marked policy differences between the different parties in the UK election, they share a common blindspot. They all seem to assume that the UK is the sole determiner of its economic fate. There is nothing in...

South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to do

South Africas urgent need to create jobs requires that the country take advantage of opportunities in the global economy that it can convert into quick wins. The fruit industry presents such an opportunity. The countrys...

Currency manipulation and why Trump is picking on Brazil and Argentina

President Donald Trump slapped new tariffs on Brazil and Argentina after accusing them of manipulating their currencies to boost exports. It wasnt the first time Trump has labeled another country a currency manipulator...

How to protect the NHS in a post-Brexit trade deal with the US

A US-UK trade deal is being negotiated, and drug prices are a key issue. Several US officials are demanding that foreign countries pay higher prices to US drug companies. The UK government is denying that drug prices will...

Politics

Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump are not close but there is no feud, new book suggests

The relationship of Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump behind the cameras is probably one of the most speculated aspects of the Trump family dynamic since they occupied the White House. It was then not surprising that the...

Hong Kong: when the citizen-birds rebel

Over the past year, a number of nations around the world have been the scene of tumultuous popular protests, including Lebanon, Algeria, Bolivia, Chile and even France. While the protests in Hong Kong bear some...

Michelle Obama did not favor the initial draft of Barack Obama's official portrait, artist reveals

It has been more than a year since the official portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were unveiled. However, a piece of interesting behind-the-scenes information was revealed on Monday by Kehinde Wiley, the artist...

Rick Perry's belief that Trump was chosen by God is shared by many in a fast-growing Christian movement

In a recent interview with Fox News, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry stated that Donald Trump was chosen by God to be president. He said throughout history God had picked imperfect people such as King David or Solomon to...

The government is hyping digitalised services, but not addressing a history of e-government fails

In politics, when you have little to show for your achievements, you can release a roadmap for what will supposedly be achieved in the future. You can look on the bright side. Use phrases such as ontology of...

Science

ESA’s space robot can only complete its mission by committing ‘suicide’

Propelled by the U.S. and Russias space race, mankind finally learned to launch a man-made object into space in 1957 with Sputnik 1. While space exploration is relatively new, the space near the earth is surprisingly...

Mars mission: Expert says to focus on Earth

Many countries who have succeeded in their efforts to travel to space are now thinking of the possibilities of colonizing a neighboring planet, such as Mars. However, one expert believes otherwise and says that before...

New Zealand White Island eruption: What caused the unexpected eruption?

Recently, the unexpected eruption coming from White Island in New Zealand brought in casualties. Now, scientists and authorities are wondering what might have caused the eruption and how there was no warning. Express...

NASA: Video footage reveals space agency rocket explosion

The continuous interest in studying the entities and phenomena that lie beyond the Earth has enthusiasts and scientists paying close attention to any breakthrough. However, there will always be instances where experiments...

Volcano eruption: Volcanic rock claimed to be releasing carbon responsible for global warming

From the various sources of carbon in the world today that are responsible for the world going through global warming, there is one unexpected source. A study claims that volcanic rocks are also contributing to the global...

Technology

Another Tesla Model 3 crashed while on autopilot, police warn drivers not to rely on the feature

Tesla Motor 3 is one of the most popular electric cars available on the market today. But one of the vehicles high-tech features, its autopilot, is a cause of concern and unease among owners and potential buyers due to a...

iPhone 12 will have six variants, set to arrive by September 2020

When the iPhone 12 release date arrives next year, buyers will have more options to choose from. Apple is set to introduce six variants of its upcoming smartphone flagship, which will arrive by the fall of...

Samsung Galaxy S11 will have more powerful battery compared to S10

The Samsung Galaxy S11 release is still a couple of months away, but tech enthusiasts are already busy talking about its new design and cool specs. However, a new leak reveals that the upcoming Korean brands flagship...

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ Ellie and Collector's Edition offer exclusive collectible items

Naughty Dogs popular action-adventure titles are more than just video games to many fans. Its intricate gameplay stories and memorable characters have become staples in the pop culture, making the array of The Last of Us...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is smaller than ‘The Witcher 3’ but it doesn’t mean less gameplay content

The start of a new decade is promising for video game fans as several highly anticipated titles such as Cyberpunk 2077 are confirmed to launch next year. CD Projekt Red remains a little secretive about the gameplay...
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