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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

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...

Electric Car Series

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...

Electric Car Series

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...

Electric Car Series

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...

Electric Car Series

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...

Electric Car Series

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...

Electric Car Series

How electric vehicles could take a bite out of the oil market

Jul 27, 2017 10:13 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

When will cars powered by gas-guzzling internal combustion engines become obsolete? Not as soon as it seems, even with the latest automotive news out of Europe. First, Volvo announced it would begin to phase out the...

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Economy

Global geopolitical Series: U.S. trade commission imposes additional duties on Aluminum alloy from China

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has decided to impose additional duties in the form of Countervailing and anti-dumping duties on imports of Aluminum Alloy Sheet from China to counter Chinas alleged...

U.S. Treasuries mixed amid revival in investors’ risk sentiments as U.S.-China trade talks progress; eyes on November CPI

The U.S. Treasuries traded mixed during late afternoon session Wednesday amid a ray of hope that trade tensions with China will start to decelerate over the coming months, owing to renewed talks between the leaders of the...

UK gilts shrug-off worries over PM May’s leadership challenge amid renewed U.S.-China trade truce

The United Kingdoms gilts fell during Wednesdays afternoon session, shrugging-off worries over the countrys Prime Minister Theresa Mays leadership challenge that is scheduled for later today amid renewed optimism over the...

German bunds suffer following recovery in risk sentiment after U.S.-China trade tensions seem to ease

The German bunds suffered during European session Wednesday following a recovery in investors risk sentiments after a U.S.-China trade truce added hopes to financial markets. Also, a rebound in Eurozones industrial...

Global Geopolitical Series: Sino-American ties under strain as U.S. Senate passes Tibet Act

Despite the ongoing trade optimism, where President Donald Trump said that he could intervene in the case of Huawei s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) against the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), who was arrested by the...

Politics

Liberals adopt new rule to stop the revolving prime ministership

Scott Morrison has announced a major change in Liberal party rules to ensure a prime minister who wins an election serves the full term, unless two thirds of the party decides otherwise. Morrison said the Liberal party...

New hope in Nigeria, but Zimbabwe struggles with the same old problems

There has been a sense of transition in both Nigeria and Zimbabwe recently. In Nigeria, Obiageli Oby Ezekwesili launched her presidential election campaign. She is not expected to win in the 2019 election. At best, she...

The 60th anniversary of France's Fifth Republic: Out of breath?

The current French Republic was born in 1958 out of what were then referred to as the events in Algeria. On June 4 of that year, Charles de Gaulle used the opportunity of an attempted coup in Algiers to return to power,...

US presidential elections: why a Democrat is now favourite to win in 2020

The results of the US midterm elections are now largely in and they came as a shock to many seasoned forecasters. This wasnt the kind of shock that occurred in 2016, when the EU referendum tipped to Brexit and the US...

Politicians need to be braver about the biggest issues – like our consumption of meat

Scientists, environmentalists and animal rights activists have said it for many years. Now conclusive analysis has confirmed their argument. The global meat industry not only damages our health and is ethically dubious ...

Science

Scientist at work: To take atomic-scale pictures of tiny crystals, use a huge, kilometer-long synchrotron

Its 4 a.m., and Ive been up for about 20 hours straight. A loud alarm is blaring, accompanied by red strobe lights flashing. A stern voice announces, Searching station B. Exit immediately. It feels like an emergency, but...

There's no simple answer to what counts as 'science' in teaching reading

What is the best way to teach children to read? This apparently simple question has, in fact, has been the subject of robust and often polarised debate. Recently the New York Times ran an opinion piece titled Why are we...

New detections of gravitational waves brings the number to 11 – so far

Four new detections of gravitational waves have been announced at the Gravitational Waves Physics and Astronomy Workshop, at the University of Maryland in the United States. This brings the total number of detections to...

Worms in space: why we are launching them

Space launches are some of the most spectacular and nerve wracking events you can witness. And when you are actually involved in one, you realise just how much can go wrong. We are currently in Florida, nervously counting...

Women have been written out of science history – time to put them back

Can you name a female scientist from history? Chances are you are shouting out Marie Curie. The twice Nobel Prize-winning Curie and mathematician Ada Lovelace are two of the few women within Western science to receive...

Technology

Torrent Latest News & Update: The Reason Why Popular Tracker Server is Shutting Down for Good

While torrent sites like ThePiratebay are still up running today, governments across the world are busy putting up more and more restrictions that are slowly suffocating the piracy network. Its latest victim is the...

Jailbreak Latest News & Update: The Bug that Could Provide Pathways for Researchers to Jailbreak iOS 12.1

A jailbreak process that would see the unlocking of the latest iOS 12.1 has yet to make its way to public knowledge. In the past few months, a lot of researchers and developers have been trying to bypass the security...

'Fortnite' Latest News & Update: Epic to Make Dogfights More Dangerous; To Add Exploding Plane Damage

Adding flyable planes in Fortnite has made the game a thousand times more fun for a lot of players, but there appears to be an issue with the balance. While players can cause damage by using the planes weapons, opponents...

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, Features: The Best Worlds & Characters Included in Game Launching Next Month

Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released next month with a very vast array of Disney worlds and characters included in the first full version of the game. There are, at least, 17 worlds confirmed a much higher number of...

‘GTA 6’ Release Date, Features: Is Game Map Going Back to London or Vice City?

Rockstar Games is still mum about any details related to GTA 6. However, rumors suggest that the sequel games map is most likely taking players back to either Vice City or London. The gameplay maps are some of the most...
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