Turning a corner.
Academic experts on how the humble car could evolve to become an unlikely hero in the global fight against climate change.
This isn’t goodbye.
To become an attractive prospect for electric car manufacturers, the UK needs to sort out its supplies of rare earths – Brexit, or no Brexit.
Electricity consumption will grow as more people switch to electric cars – but this could drive up emissions, unless power is sourced from renewables.
Electric cars charging on Hainan Island, China.
When it comes to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from transport, the future is already here on small islands.
The year 2030 may not seem far away, but a decade is a long time in technological terms. Widespread automation, electrification, and connectivity are set to revolutionise the car of the future.
A Chinese hybrid-electric SUV made by BYD.
Chinese electric vehicle sales already amount to more than half of the world's total – and car makers and battery manufacturers are working hard to grow even faster.
A traffic jam on a busy highway near Vancouver, B.C.
Vehicles in Canada are big, heavy and guzzle a lot of gasoline.
Nobuteru Taniguc drifting a Tesla Model S in Tokyo, Japan.
Electric motors are used in everything from utes to mining trucks – because they pack plenty of oomph.
Where to land?
Putting driverless cars on the road safely is hard enough. Doing it in the air is much more difficult.
Smart meters can help share the load of charging electric cars.
Concerns about the strain electric cars can put on the electricity grid are not unfounded, but there are some relatively simple fixes available.
There are plenty of economic reasons to change our gas-guzzling habits.
The transport sector is the fastest growing contributor of greenhouse gases. Electric vehicles are a cost-effective solution.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has announced his plan to reduce carbon emissions.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
Labor's ambitious plans to reduce transport emissions will be dead in the water without regulatory CO2 emission standards and real financial and non-financial incentives for buyers.
A new plug-in electric truck is in development, along with an electric SUV.
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Researchers have found a way to evaluate how energy-efficient electric vehicles are, and compare the sizes and costs of batteries for different models.
U.S. roads are in bad shape.
At the moment, fuel taxes pay for most of the maintenance of US roads, bridges and highways. What happens when the majority of cars no longer run on gasoline?
Just put the phone down, and it’ll charge right up.
Wireless charging is conceptually easy but technically difficult. Devices that can adjust themselves to optimize charging are on the way.
Urgent and radical change in urban transport policies and practices will benefit the planet and future generations.
To cut emissions within the 12 years or so we have left to avoid disastrous global warming, we will need to change our old transport habits, using a combination of strategies to achieve this.
Motorists and governments have each been waiting for the other to take the plunge on electric cars.
The announcement of a new fast-charging network to link the major east coast cities will do much to encourage motorists to buy electric cars. But the power utilities need to get on board too.
Shares in the wundercompany rocketed after the Q2 results. Why?
In the film
Iron Man 2, Elon Musk (playing himself, in white), meets one of his sources of inspiration: Tony Stark (R. Downey Jr.), super-hero of the Marvel Universe.
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We need to plan for electric cars, but at this stage we need incentives - not extra taxes.
Warnings that a tide of electric vehicles will cut Australia's tax income put the cart well before the (low-emissions) horse.