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Electric Vehicles in the News in March 2019

Electric Flying Taxis, Tesla Marks a Milestone and Other Headlines

Boeing’s electric flying taxi achieves a brief test drive, while NPR ruminates on the impact of EVs on a gas-powered future. Plus, Tesla becomes the first automaker to sell more than 100,000 models in a year. Electric cars are making news across the globe; catch up with these five headlines:

Is the idea of a flying taxi moving from the realm of science fiction to reality? 

Boeing test flew an all-electric version recently, which hovered in the air for less than a minute to begin testing the onboard autonomous systems. There’s still a long way to go — transitioning from hover to forward flight is particularly daunting — but the future has to start somewhere.

A Chinese automaker gets permission to sell its EVs in the United States. 

Kandi Technologies Group Inc. saw a huge surge in stock prices after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its approval. The all-electric EX3 (an SUV) and the K22 (a subcompact), could sell for as little at $20,000. 

Tesla sold more than 145,000 Model 3s in 2018, becoming the bestselling electric vehicle in the world.

What other EVs rounded out the top five? The BAIC EC-Series, sold in China, topped out at 90,000 sold. The Nissan LEAF almost matched that total for third place, while Tesla grabbed the fourth and fifth spots with the Model S and Model X.

NPR notes driving electric is both an ambition to fight climate change and a business reality.

Non-gas car models are likely to triple by 2025, while global government policies are giving EVs a boost. The articles notes that auto companies around the world are gearing up for a massive financial commitment, investing more than $90 billion in the shift to EVs over the next 10 years. 

Driving electric in frigid temperatures can present unique challenges.

But one article urges drivers to consider the bright side, from how quickly EVs heat up to the preheating function. The traction control in an EV — made a bit heavier by batteries — is also often better than traditional cars.