A boost in electric vehicle manufacturing has occured due to advances in batteries and energy management. But the cars are still far too expensive to become a major hit.
Incentives by governments in some nations are meant to facilitate the development and use of electric cars. This page collates recent DW content on the topic.
Norway is the electric car capital of the world. Nearly 40 percent of all new cars sold in the Scandinavian country are now electric. And the country is not stopping there. The aim is to phase out fossil fuelled vehicles altogether by 2025. But can it be done? And how much does it matter if one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers get rid of petrol and diesel cars?
China has tried to quell the concerns of German automakers following Beijing's plans to impose quotas on electric car production. China's premier has also encouraged Germany to push forward with liberalization in trade.
20 million vehicles are sold every year in China. German manufacturers also earn a lot. For example four out of ten vehicles are already being sold by the Volkswagen Group in China. An enormous dependency. Now the auto industry is worried. China plans to introduce a quota for electric cars.