An electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that uses one or more electric motors for propulsion. An electric vehicle may be powered through a collector system by electricity from off-vehicle sources, or may be self-contained with a battery, solar panels, fuel cells or an electric generator to convert fuel to electricity. EVs include, but are not limited to, road and rail vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electric aircraft and electric spacecraft.

EVs first came into existence in the mid-19th century, when electricity was among the preferred methods for motor vehicle propulsion, providing a level of comfort and ease of operation that could not be achieved by the gasoline cars of the time. Internal combustion engines were the dominant propulsion method for cars and trucks for about 100 years, but electric power remained commonplace in other vehicle types, such as trains and smaller vehicles of all types.

In the 21st century, EVs have seen a resurgence due to technological developments, and an increased focus on renewable energy and the potential reduction of transportation’s impact on climate change and other environmental issues. Project Drawdown describes electric vehicles as one of the 100 best contemporary solutions for addressing climate change.

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Why it is not sustainable for everyone to own a Tesla, Rivian or any other EV

Driving an EV is better for the climate. But that does not mean everyone can have their own. That would make climate problems even worse.

Really sustainable car tires, a first

Michelin is the first manufacturer in the world to unveil sustainable car tires with a high proportion of environmentally sustainable materials that have been approved for use on ordinary road vehicles.

This is why Tesla is not as sustainable as it likes you to think

Elon Musk is a master in attracting attention with provocative oneliners and suggestive tweets. Many of those are aimed at boosting his green image, and that of his companies and products. Like Tesla electric cars. The facts, however, often tell a different story.

Solar powered USV robot boat crosses the ocean, a first

Mahi Two, an uncrewed surface vessel (USV), has become what is believed to be the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean using only solar power.

This solar boat completed an emission-free voyage to Alaska

An electric boat that runs virtually endlessly on solar power –  that’s the dream that’s been driving David and Alex Borton for the last 17 years. Now it came true.

EV demand for all-electric vehicles in the EU surges 3x in 2021

European consumers are increasingly turning to electric vehicles as focus turns to the industry helpt by initiatives from governments.