Smart has unveiled its new 4th generation electric model in Miami. The little city runabout has been available as an electric vehicle in the United States since 2010. One in four of the last-generation Smarts sold in the US was an electric version.
New technologies are driving the price of drilling for US shale oil down. At the same time, mass production of electric vehicles is ramping up. Together, these two facts spell deep and enduring trouble for petro states.
Due to the rapid development of electric vehicles and travel-sharing services, global consumption of oil will decline about 20 years from now, the British oil and gas giant has predicted in its latest industry outlook.
As governments around the world begin to get even tougher on traditional combustion engines, Japan's car manufacturers are well positioned to put their world-leading technologies to the test. Julian Ryall reports.
The future of Europe's carmakers depends on reliable supplies of cheap lithium-ion cells, a key component of e-car batteries. But such cells are nearly all made in Asia. Does Europe need its own Li-ion cell supply?
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