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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

Wrong way, go back: a proposed new tax on electric vehicles is a bad idea

Dec 24, 2019 08:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

In recent years, false claims have circulated that electric vehicles are breaking our roads because they dont use fuel and so their drivers dont pay fuel excise. Heeding such concerns, both the Victorian and New South...

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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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Economy

U.S. Treasuries tad down ahead of 7-year auction, FOMC policy meeting

The U.S. Treasuries traded tad down during Tuesdays afternoon session ahead of the countrys 7-year auction, scheduled to be held today by 18:00GMT. However, of utmost importance will be the Federal Reserves monetary policy...

UK gilts flat ahead of BoE monetary policy meeting, Governor Carney’s speech

The United Kingdoms gilts remained flat during European trading hours Tuesday ahead of the Bank of Englands (BoE) monetary policy meeting, scheduled to be held on January 30 by 12:00GMT, followed by Governor Mark Carneys...

German bunds tad higher ahead of January unemployment change, Eurozone CPI

The German bunds remained tad higher during European trading session Tuesday ahead of the countrys unemployment change for the month of January and eurozones consumer price inflation (CPI) for the similar period, scheduled...

USD/CNH likely to stay elevated and rally through 7.00 before long, says Scotiabank

The USD/CNH currency pair is expected to stay elevated and rally through 7.00 before long, with the overall situation will likely start to get better from April or May when air temperature rises, according to the latest...

Australian 10-year bond yield plunges to over 3-month low amid rise in Coronavirus casualties

The Australian 10-year bond yield plunged to over 3-month low during Asian session Tuesday as investors remained risk-averse amid the increase in the number of casualties from Coronavirus as well as the number of countries...

Politics

Melania Trump stirs up Twitter with her International Holocaust Remembrance Day post

Melania Trump honored the International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a simple tweet to honor the victims and survivors. But netizens are divided on how to react to the FLOTUS tweet with some users admiring her gesture...

Melania Trump revelation: FLOTUS reportedly 'more careful' since moving in the White House

Living in the White House for some time is bound to bring some changes, especially in the case of First Lady Melania Trump, since moving in. A new report reveals that Melania has changed considerably since becoming First...

Melania Trump criticized: First Lady mocked by netizens on social media over US Space Force logo

The moment Melania Trump became First Lady after the 2016 elections, she was faced with accusations of plagiarism. Now, it seems that netizens on social media have suspected the Trumps of the same thing once...

Melania Trump shock: What the Chinese Year of the Rat will bring FLOTUS

2020 marks the Year of the Rat in Chinese astrology, and those who fall under this year are expected to have some luck go their way. So, what does this year bring for United States First Lady Melania Trump? Melania was...

Donald Trump humiliation: POTUS under fire for copying Barack Obama's tweet about Kobe Bryant

NBA legend Kobe Bryant tragically passed away in a helicopter crash, and many have expressed their condolences all over, including President Donald Trump himself. Trump was unsurprisingly under fire on social media for...

Science

Taal volcano update: ESA reveals the bright red crater seen within the volcano in new satellite image

The Taal volcano in the Philippines remains to be on the verge of eruption, and surrounding areas have been locked down to prevent any more locals from staying within the vicinity of the volcano. A new report reveals that...

Asteroid: Bennu space rock can potentially strike Earth in the future, expert says

The Bennu asteroid is one of the space rocks that are being kept watch by United States space agency NASA. One expert in particular claims that the Bennu space rock may potentially hit Earth. NASA has always kept tabs...

Asteroids: Extinction event-level asteroid to hit Earth possible, says NASA

The dinosaurs are widely believed to have gone extinct after a deadly asteroid strike hit the planet over 60 million years ago. According to NASA, there is a chance that an asteroid similar to that one may also hit the...

Scientist claims life after death is real if a 'multiverse' exists

One of the biggest mysteries in the world is whether there is life after death. Now, a physicist claims that there is such a thing, but that is if multiple universes exist. Throughout history, many civilizations...

Technology

Xbox One and Xbox 360 free games via Games with Gold February 2020

Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers, who subscribed to the Xbox Live Gold or the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, always have something to look forward to every month. They get free games thanks to via the systems benefit program Games...

‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ release is here, find the time it unlocks and system requirements needed

The Warcraft 3: Reforged release date is finally here. But for players with older gaming rigs, now is probably the right time to check the games system requirements one last time. When Warcraft 3: Reforged...

‘The Sims 5’ rumors: EA and Maxis might already be working on the next life simulation title

While Electronic Arts has not announced any The Sims 5 release date yet or if the title is even under development, fans of the franchise are still hopeful that the game will be arriving soon. This hope has been rekindled...

Apple iPad Pro 2020: There might be two versions of the iPad Pro this year

Apple might release iPad Pro versions for 2020. The regular iPad Pro, which will feature impressive specs, will be released earlier but an even more high-end version will be making its debut later this year. Premium...

‘Skull and Bones’ gameplay: Customize ships and deceive enemies to conduct ambushes

Skull Bones is an upcoming naval combat action video game from Ubisoft. Originally slated for a 2018 launch, the title will be coming out this year but a definite release date is yet to be announced, according to...
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