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.
It could be the end of an era - France wants to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. Swedish car maker Volvo says it'll phase out conventional combustion engines and focus on electric cars beginning in 2019. In Germany, a heated debate is raging on about potentially banning diesel cars in inner cities. But the car industry maintains such bans are useless.
Lithium is expected to be the world's most important raw material in the future. It's used in batteries for smartphones and electric cars. Bolivia has the largest reserves. A plant for the production of lithium in the Bolivian salt lake is currently being planned.
Tesla is about to start production of its Model 3. The budget friendly version of it’s ground breaking model S is widely seen as the sedan that could bring electric cars to the masses. Meanwhile in Germany, policy makers try to push German carmakers to get started on emobility and tackle their DIESEL-problem
With financial incentives, convenient and cheap charging plus plenty of government support, electric cars are set to dominate the roads in Norway. Already half of all new car registrations are e-cars, and the government is considering a ban on conventional cars.