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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

Hydrogen cars won't overtake electric vehicles because they're hampered by the laws of science

Jun 03, 2020 14:35 pm UTC| Science

Hydrogen has long been touted as the future for passenger cars. The hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which simply runs on pressurised hydrogen from a fuelling station, produces zero carbon emissions from its...

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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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Economy

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

60% of pandemic-induced business closures in US become permanent

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S. Korea, Germany to boost energy ties towards economic recovery, climate goals

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S. Korea's corporate sales suffer record 10.1% drop in Q2

South Korean companies suffered a 10.1 percent dip in sales in the second quarter, its sharpest on record, and plunging from a 1.9 percent on-year drop in the first quarter. It was also the sixth consecutive quarterly...

Politics

Melania Trump: FLOTUS' torched wooden statue replaced in her hometown Slovenia

Melania Trump has a statue in her image that was installed in her hometown in Slovenia, Russia. This was an original life-sized statue of the FLOTUS image that was carved from the trunk of a linden tree however it was...

Joe Biden: Jim Carrey to portray former VP on 'Saturday Night Live'

The comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live has often mocked presidential elections over the years, with cold opens featuring current and former presidents and other political figures. With the new season set to premiere in...

Barack Obama encourages Gen Z and Millenial voters to vote in video for ATTN:

The Obamas are among the most influential political figures, with former first lady Michelle Obama actively encouraging Americans to register to vote by stressing the importance of their votes. This time, former president...

Ivanka Trump: Bob Woodward's book reveals how White House adviser asked James Mattis for a plan to fight ISIS

Ivanka Trump serves as an advisor to her father Donald Trump in the White House, often seen alongside him during political events or attending political events on his behalf. Bob Woodwards new book, Rage, reveals her...

Science

NASA: Astronomers spot exoplanet closely orbiting a white dwarf star

There are still a lot of things about the universe that have yet to be explained, and astronomers recently discovered something once thought to be impossible. Astronomers picked up on an exoplanet orbiting a white dwarf at...

Mars mission: Scientists say acids may have erased traces of alien life on Red Planet

NASA is gearing up for its upcoming Mars mission, with the Perseverance Rover already getting a headstart in its journey to the Red Planet to search for life. However, researchers believe that the search for alien life on...

Climate change: Rising global temperatures will bring in a new Arctic, says scientists

Of all the parts in the world, the Arctic region is taking the biggest hit from the problem that is climate change. The problem has already gone to an extent where scientists are seeing a new Arctic region possibly form...

Aliens: Search for life outside Earth may shift to Venus, says scientist

While the current space exploration missions involve searching for alien life on Mars, a study found that the search for life outside Earth may also lie with another neighboring planet. Instead of searching for life in the...

Technology

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ Alpha goes live; beta follows in October

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‘PUBG Mobile’ x BLACKPINK? Tencent teases collaboration with K-pop group

Tencent Games recently launched the PUBG Mobile version 1.0 along with many gameplay and visual improvements. However, it appears that the developer has a few more major updates in the pipeline that might bring BLACKPINK...

iOS 14 goes live on Sept. 16; here’s how to install the OS update

Months ago, the common belief was that the iOS 14 would be released once the new iPhones arrive since that has been the annual tradition for Apple. However, CEO Tim Cook surprised fans after announcing at the Time Flies...

‘GTA 6’: Is Rockstar Games announcing a new game at Sony’s PlayStation 5 event?

Sony is gearing for another PlayStation 5 event this week, and there are speculations that Rockstar Games could be part of it again. The last time the video game studio appeared at a PS5 showcase, they had an announcement,...
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