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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

Governor eyes ‘hydrogen pipeline’ for Tokyo

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike plans to build a hydrogen supply network of pipelines to receive green hydrogen in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Koike considers green hydrogen as a pillar to achieve...

Burger King Japan adds matcha pie to the menu

Burger King Japan has included My Winter Matcha Pie in its series of new desserts aimed at adults under the name Watakushi no, which translates to My. This dessert uses Uji matcha from Morihan, Kyotos long-established...

McDonald’s Japan to offer Fuwatoro Tamago Noko Demi Gurakoro this winter

McDonalds Japan is adding an extra-tempting version to the croquette burger lineup, dubbed the Fuwatoro Tamago Noko Demi Gurakoro. Gurakoro is a mashup of the Japanese pronunciations of gratin and croquette, since this...

Singapore’s Charles & Keith launches its first store in North America

Singaporean footwear and accessories brand, Charles Keith, has opened a store in Mexico in its first foray into the Americas. The store, located at the Artz Pedregal Mall in Mexico City, follows the brands latest...

Hanwha, DL Chemical split Yeochun NCC joint venture as their partnership ends

Hanhwa Solutions and Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. have decided to part ways after being partners for more than two decades, 23 years to be exact. They have set up the YEOCHUN NCC Co., Ltd. chemicals company in 1999 through a...

Politics

North Korea: Kim Jong-un vows to have the most powerful nuclear force in the world

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that his ultimate goal was to make the isolated nation the most powerful nuclear force in the world. Kims comments follow the nations multiple weapons tests this year. North Korean...

Afghanistan: UN says Taliban's treatment of women may amount to crime against humanity

A group of experts from the United Nations said last week that the Talibans treatment of women so far, including its recent restrictions, can amount to a crime against humanity. This followed the recent policies that would...

Taiwan President steps down as head of governing party following local elections

Taiwans President Tsai Ing-wen has decided to step down from the governing Democratic Progressive Party following the results of the recent local elections. Tsais efforts to frame the upcoming races as a way to show...

Russia-Ukraine war: UK says Russia likely removing nuclear warheads from missiles and firing at Ukraine

The British defense ministry said that Russia was likely taking out the nuclear warheads from its aging nuclear missiles and firing the unarmed ammunition at Ukraine. The ministry also said that this is a sign of Russias...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

‘Gran Turismo’ PC port is possible but not without some compromises, series creator confirms

Sony has made it clear that more of its first-party games for PlayStation will be released to PC, and that could include Gran Turismo. Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the racing sim series, confirmed the possibility of...

‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’ is getting a spin-off campaign about Ghost, leaker claims

Infinity Ward is reportedly developing a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II spin-off campaign focused on the fan-favorite character Simon Ghost Riley. But it might not be an entirely standalone premium game. Leaker...

Nintendo breaks sales record with new Pokemon games

Nintendo Co. set a record pace for game titles after global sales of its latest Pokemon games surpassed 10 million units in the first three days of their release. Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, which were released...

Samsung Galaxy S23 features: Satellite connectivity that supports text and image transfers is in development

The launch of the Galaxy S23 series is only a few months away, but Samsung is reportedly still working on adding satellite connectivity to the upcoming phones. Samsung is expected to catch up with Apple and Huawei soon...

PlayStation 6 launch: Sony fans may have to wait longer for PS5’s successor

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently published documents filed in relation to the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger, including Sonys official responses. And Sony appears to have confirmed plans to...
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