Electric cars are still more resilient to price shocks than vehicles running on fossil fuels.
Xpeng’s G3 electric is leading the way in top-end Chinese engineering.
China used to only make Soviet cars under licence. Now it’s taking on Tesla.
Some lithium-ion batteries can now propel a car 250 miles on a ten-minute charge.
Electric vehicles deserve government subsidies, but there are even better ways to build greener, less car-dependent cities.
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Eight in ten of these surveyed by the Economic Society of Australia say it’s the role of government to smooth the transition.
With an average shelf life of nine years, the coming tsunami of waste EV batteries needs action now.
Transport is the one sector where Australia hasn’t reined in the growth in greenhouse gas emissions. Electric cars will cut emissions but still leave us with all the other problems of car use.
In 2007 Malcolm Turnbull turned off an industry’s life support without blinking. It’s time for Australia to do it again.
A plan to use swappable batteries in long-haul electric trucks highlights how freight is starting to move away from fossil fuels.
Electric vehicles can have more than one source of power, meaning they can be controlled better.
Anthony Albanese will promise a Labor government would deliver a discount to cut the cost of electric cars and install community batteries, in initiatives costing $400 million over several years.
Active travel can help tackle the climate crisis earlier than electric vehicles – even if you swap the car for a bike for just one trip a day.
Australia has a lot of work to do to overcome the challenges facing electric vehicles users, starting with the lack of a comprehensive national charging network.
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Emissions from road transport in New Zealand have doubled since 1990, and the Climate Change Commission recommends sweeping changes to switch to electric transport options.
The benefits of road-user charging are now well established. And including electric vehicles doesn’t have to be a deterrent to their uptake, as New Zealand and other nations have shown.
A ‘green’ symbol for electric vehicle charging stations.
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California’s proposition to halt the sale of gasoline-powered engines may be extreme. But could it work?
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Any green industrial revolution will need lots more electric cars – we’re experimenting to see what does and doesn’t work.
Sure, the owners of electric cars don’t pay properly to use the roads, but it’s even worse for the owners of conventionally-powered vehicles.
Electric vehicles would lower emissions, but if their lower running costs lead to increased car use that creates a whole lot of other costs for our cities.
A “creuseur,” or digger, descends into a tunnel at the mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Companies can’t verify that their source didn’t involve artisanal mining. A discussion over responsible sourcing strategies and practices is needed.