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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

Bud Light Seltzer releasing eggnog flavored drink for the holidays

Bud Light Seltzer announced the return of its Ugly Sweater Limited Edition Variety Pack, and this year, it will be offering new holiday-inspired flavors. Four new tastes are set to hit the grocery store shelves soon. As...

Chipotle is taking this popular item off its menu list soon and here’s why

Chipotle is said to be removing one of its popular menu items from its store outlets soon. It was reported that its smoked brisket would be disappearing earlier as planned and it is for an unlikely reason. According to...

HT Aero introduces flying car with plans for rollout in 2024

HT Aero unveiled its flying car, and it may be released to the market soon. The company is an affiliate of Xpeng, a Chinese electric vehicle maker, and the futuristic vehicle may be hitting the air space and roads in three...

Michael Jordan's 1984 Nike sells for almost $1.5M to break record at Sotheby's

A pair of 1984 Nike Air Ships of Michael Jordan sold for $1.472 million at Sothebys to set a record for sneakers at the auction. The said shoes, Jordans earliest known regular season game-worn Nikes, were the first...

Politics

Nancy Pelosi says Congress is close to reaching a deal regarding social spending plan

Congressional Democrats are still in the midst of negotiations over the final bill that would tackle social infrastructure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed that Congress is close to reaching an agreement regarding...

Mike Pence reportedly planning a presidential bid in 2024 elections

It has been highly speculated that former vice president Mike Pence may be planning a 2024 presidential bid which may see him go up against his former boss Donald Trump. A report revealed that Pence may be running for...

World War 3: Expert says UK should be concerned about growing tensions between China and US

China and the US have had strained relations, most especially in recent years, and even more so regarding the situation with Taiwan, stoking fears of a possible world war. An expert has warned that the UK should also be...

Kamala Harris to travel to France in November

Relations between the US and France have come under some strain following the deal made with the UK and Australia over nuclear-powered submarines. With US President Joe Biden meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron...

Science

S. Korean researchers develop Mediterranean diet that helps prevent cardiovascular disease

South Korean researchers have developed a Korean-style Mediterranean diet that helps prevent cardiovascular disease by reducing the proportion of carbohydrates while increasing the ratio of fat and protein. The diet...

LG Chem develops substance for creating cheaper, lighter plastic solar panel frames

LG Chem combined polycarbonate and acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) to develop LUPOY EU5201 to be used in plastic frames for solar panels. Consequently, LG has become the first in South Korea to develop plastic...

Owls used in helping California vineyards get rid of rodents

A Humboldt State University team is attempting to prove that owls can be an effective eco-friendly option at protecting grapes from rodent attacks. Graduate students at the universitys Department of Wildlife under...

S. Korean researchers develop process that uses agri-waste to produce biofuels, plastics

The Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) had developed an enzymatic process that uses agricultural waste to produce the 4-hydroxy valeric acid--an ingredient for biofuels and plastics. The KIERs enzymatic process...

France probes Nestlé, 100 other firms over bisphenol-A use

The French government is investigating 101 companies, including Nestlé, for not disclosing their use of bisphenol-A in food packaging. In its statement of objections, Frances competition authority accused the 101...

Technology

Wu-Tang Clan game is reportedly in development for Xbox

It has been more than a month since a massive list of unannounced games were leaked from the Nvidia GeForce Now network, but fans continue hearing that some of those titles may actually be in the works. Now, fans are...

‘eFootball 2022’ version 0.9.1 is delayed to November

This year marked a massive shift in Konamis football simulation franchise, but the developer has yet to regain the trust of most gamers. Unfortunately, Konami also announced recently that the much-needed update for...

‘Valheim’ developer says new biome will be its next major update

Developer Iron Gate has changed its 2021 plans for the breakout game Valheim, but the independent studio continues to work on the big additional content it promised. And in a new update post, the developer confirmed that...

‘Halo Infinite’ devs take another shot at campaign overview premiere

Video game fans have seen enough teasers and overview trailers for the Halo Infinite multiplayer, so it is about time that 343 Industries reveals the games campaign gameplay. Luckily, gamers do not have to wait long to see...

Apple explains how MacBook Pro’s screen was improved with the notch

Most people might not have expected it, but the new MacBook Pros screen design became one of the biggest talking points after they were unveiled last week. While some Apple fans are still not fully sold on having a display...
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