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Manufacturing electric vehicles requires less labor and could disrupt the auto workforce. Carlos Osorio/AP Photo

Why a measured transition to electric vehicles would benefit the US

Democratic candidates are keen to burnish their climate credentials by calling for grand electric vehicle plans. But there are both economic and political reasons for going slowly.
Scooters and motorcycles are widely used in developing countries and are better suited to electrification than sedans. AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.

Better batteries are fueling a surge of electric scooters in India and China

Electric cars gets lots of attention, but in the developing world, electric two-wheelers have the potential to spread quickly – if batteries continue to improve on performance and cost.
These photovoltaics panels provide this village with energy now, but they could become obsolete when the main grid arrives. (Shutterstock)

The future of renewable infrastructure is uncertain without good planning

Small-scale renewable energy projects can power rural areas not connected to the main grid. But investors may hesitate if future electrification remains unpredictable.

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