Definitions for electric car
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electric, electric automobile, electric car(noun)
a car that is powered by electricity
A car that uses electric motors and motor controllers instead of an internal combustion engine.
An electric car is an automobile that is propelled by one electric motor or more, using electrical energy stored in batteries or another energy storage device. Electric motors give electric cars instant torque, creating strong and smooth acceleration. Electric cars were popular in the late 19th century and early 20th century, until advances in internal combustion engine technology and mass production of cheaper gasoline vehicles led to a decline in the use of electric drive vehicles. The energy crises of the 1970s and 1980s brought a short-lived interest in electric cars, though those cars did not reach mass marketing as today's electric cars experience it. Since the mid-2000s, the production of electric cars is experiencing a renaissance due to advances in battery and power management technologies and concerns about increasingly volatile oil prices and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As of June 2013, series production highway-capable models available in some countries include the Buddy, Mitsubishi i MiEV, Chery QQ3 EV, JAC J3 EV, Nissan Leaf, Smart ED, Wheego Whip LiFe, Mia electric, BYD e6, Bolloré Bluecar, Renault Fluence Z.E., Ford Focus Electric, BMW ActiveE, Tesla Model S, Honda Fit EV, RAV4 EV second generation, Renault Zoe, Roewe E50, Mahindra e2o, Lumeneo Neoma, and Chevrolet Spark EV. The world's top-selling highway-capable all-electric cars are the Nissan Leaf, with global sales of more than 65,000 units through May 2013; the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with global sales of more than 27,000 vehicles through December 2012, including more than 3,000 minicab MiEVs sold in Japan, and almost 10,000 units rebadged as Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero and sold in the European market; and the Tesla Model S with over 11,000 units delivered in the United States through May 2013. Pure electric car sales in 2012 were led by Japan with a 28% market share of global sales, followed by the United States with a 26% share, China with 16%, France with 11%, and Norway with 7%.
A vehicle powered only by electricity with no gasoline engine on board.
If a gasoline engine is on board to boost the battery power when needed, it is not fully an all electric vehicle.
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