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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...

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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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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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Australia's naval upgrade may not be enough to keep pace in a fast-changing region

Last year, Professor Roger Bradbury and I questioned whether or not there was an unacceptable risk of the world sleepwalking into war. We cited as reasons to be concerned a lack of strong and principled leadership, the...

U.S. Treasuries suffer on hawkish Fed September policy meeting minutes; FOMC members’ speeches in focus

The U.S. Treasuries lost ground during late afternoon session Thursday after the Federal Reserves September monetary policy meeting minutes remained hawkish ahead of the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index for the month...

UK gilts fall despite lower-than-expected September retail sales data; BoE Governor Carney’s speech in focus

The United Kingdoms gilts fell during Thursdays afternoon session despite a lower-than-expected reading of the countrys retail sales data for the month of September. Market participants will now be looking forward to Bank...

Australia’s September unemployment rate drops to 6-year low, well below RBA’s year-end forecast

Australias strong labour market report for September saw the unemployment rate drop to a six-year low of 5.0 percent, well below the RBAs forecast of 5-1/2 percent for year end. With leading indicators for the labour...

New Zealand bonds fall at close in muted trading session ahead of China’s Q3 GDP data

The New Zealand bonds closed lower Thursday amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance as investors remain keen to watch Chinas gross domestic product for the third quarter of this...

Politics

Bringing in backpackers is not the right way to get more workers onto farms

Suddenly, getting workers onto farms is a top political priority. Over the weekend, and again in parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced plans to get more backpackers working on farms. We dont...

How the polls could have caught 'surprise' victories like Trump's

The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency surprised almost everyone, including apparently Trump himself. On the morning after the 2016 election, my teenage son made snarky comments about the state of polling...

US midterm elections: the dirty tricks used by parties to skew results in their favour

As the US midterm elections approach, its important to understand how the US has undergone a profound intensification in racially polarised partisanship. Race and attitudes about race closely align with party identities...

View from The Hill: How the government's plan to oppose Hanson's motion became a vote to support it

For Mathias Cormann, 2018 has been the annus horribilis. After emerging badly bruised from the leadership crisis, on Tuesday he took responsibility for the disastrous snafu over Pauline Hansons It is OK to be white...

Pik Botha and Namibia: ambiguities and contradictions

Roelof Pik Botha, South Africas foreign minister under apartheid, who has died at the age of 86, was a man of contradictions. He could, for example, be charming. But, though a long-serving diplomat, he was often very...

Science

How scientists are fighting infection-causing biofilms

The surfaces people interact with every day may seem rather mundane, but at the molecular scale, there is more activity than meets the eye. Every surface we touch has its own unique chemical properties. Its because of...

Prime Minister’s Prize for Science 2018 goes to 'Earth-watcher' Kurt Lambeck

Professor Kurt Lambeck has won the 2018 Prime Ministers Prize for Science. The award recognises Lambecks 50-year contribution to Australian and global science through his research watching planet Earth its a specialist...

Fighting frog fungus: Lee Berger wins PM's Life Scientist 2018 award

Lee Berger is the 2018 recipient of the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, one of the Prime Ministers Prizes for Science announced on October 17. Lees research identified the cause of mysterious and...

Boyer Lectures: gene therapy is still in its infancy but the future looks promising

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ABCs Boyer Lectures. Delivered by Professor John Rasko, the 2018 Life Engineered lectures explore ethical and other issues around gene therapy and related technologies, and their...

How we can turn the tide for women in science

For the first time in 55 years, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in physics Prof. Donna Strickland. This win has publicly highlighted that women are still under-represented in science, particularly in physics. As a...

Technology

Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

In the wake of this years large E. coli outbreak, Walmart notified its leafy green suppliers that they must be using blockchain technology to trace their products before the end of 2019. Walmart, one of the worlds...

‘Fornite’ News, Update: Elon Musk Trolls Players, Act 2 of Season 6 Coming Up

Fortnite has practically become inescapable these days, with everything from Hollywood stars to athletes getting in on the action. Even politicians know what it is and this speaks to the ubiquity of the Battle Royale title...

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Release Date, Latest News: At Least 99GB Needed to Install the Game; Rockstar Under Fire For Alleged Poor Working Conditions

Its finally confirmed. Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to require at least 99 GB of storage space for the PlayStation 4 and 107 GB for the Xbox One. That is if players buy a physical copy of the game. For PlayStation 4...

‘Days Gone’ News, Update: Delayed Again; Running In Fear Of ‘Crackdown’ and ‘Anthem’?

Days Gone has been delayed so many times since its 2016 reveal that zombie video game fans have started losing hope that it is ever going to be released. Until recently, PlayStation 4 owners were hoping that the Feb. 22,...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ News, Update: Activision Uses Microtransaction For Good, Raises Money For Unemployed Veterans

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 comes with microtransactions, like many of the video games that Activision produces. However, the company is attempting to slightly diminish the negative reputation of in-game economies by...
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