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With vehicle electrification picking up pace, the winds of change are sweeping the automotive industry. Electric vehicles (EVs) have become the buzzword in the climate space today, playing an important role in emission reduction and in achieving net-zero targets worldwide. Although EVs may seem to be a new-age technology, they indeed have a long-standing history. Here, we take a closer look at the historical twists and turns that shaped the electric mobility sector.

In the days to come, heavy-duty segments such as trucks, buses, construction vehicles, and aviation are also expected to be electrified at a large scale. The scientific community across the globe is pouring in relentless and untiring efforts for the development of battery technologies such as metal-air, sodium-ion, and solid-state batteries as well as and charging technologies like wireless and inductive charging. EV models with novel motor technologies such as axial flux, reluctance, and in-wheel motors are likely to proliferate in the near future. The government, academia, and industry should work hand in glove with each other for vehicle electrification to pick up pace and drive the world towards a greener and sustainable tomorrow.

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Ahead of Time: Tracing the History of Electric Vehicles