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Mayor Anne Hidalgo has called for an end to gas-powered vehicles in Paris by 2030, in favor of biking, transit, and electric cars. Here, cyclists and pedestrians on the Champs- Élysées during the city's "day without cars" on Oct. 1. Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Charging station for electric cars in Glasgow, Scotland. With new models aimed at the mass market going on sale, Americans will be hearing a lot more about electric cars. John Guidi/Getty Images/Robert Harding Worl hide caption

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So You Want To Buy An Electric Car? It Requires Some Planning

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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at the unveiling of the Model 3 in Hawthorne, Calif., on March 31, 2016. The first Model 3 is due to roll off the assembly line Friday. Justin Pritchard/AP hide caption

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As First Model 3 Rolls Off The Line, Can Tesla Sustain Momentum?

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson announced that all Volvo cars will be electric or hybrid within two years. Above, Samuelsson at Volvo Cars Showroom in Stockholm on Wednesday. Jonas Ekstromer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Ford Motor Co. display at this year's Shanghai auto show, which goes on until April 28, is filled with SUVs and electric hybrid vehicles. The U.S. automaker has announced it will electrify 70 percent of its vehicles in China by 2025. This comes as Beijing is calling on automakers to sell more electric vehicles. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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China Moves To Increase Number Of Electric Vehicles On Its Roads

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Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) is building 1,000 charging stations and helping to turn a Midwestern metropolitan area into one of the fastest-growing electric vehicle markets in the country. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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In America's Heartland, A Power Company Leads Charge For Electric Cars

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General Motors has high hopes for the Chevrolet Bolt EV (shown here during its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last year). It can travel 238 miles on one charge. Currently, the only other all-electric cars with that kind of range are Teslas, which are far more expensive. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Rollout Of Chevy Bolt May Mark Turning Point For Electric Car Market

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About 14 percent of the Gigafactory in Nevada has been built so far. At 5.8 million square feet, it will be a building with one of the biggest footprints in the world. Tesla hide caption

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A Rare Look Inside The 'Gigafactory' Tesla Hopes Will Revolutionize Energy Use

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There was a lot of excitement in 2012, when the Hiriko car was unveiled at this event at European Union headquarters in Brussels. At the time, the then-president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, hailed the car as a trans-Atlantic "exchange between the world of science and the world of business." Zhou Lei/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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How A Folding Electric Vehicle Went From Car Of The Future To 'Obsolete'

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Sears — the Apple of its day for disruption and innovation — sold its own car from 1908 to 1912, before ceding the market to Ford and others. According to one expert, there hasn't been a successful new entrant into the industry in nearly a century. That track record could present a challenge to Apple, which is rumored to be thinking about launching its own line of electric cars. searsmotorbuggy.com hide caption

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Apple Must 'Think Different' On Cars, Or Join Ranks Of Failed New Brands

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Jonette Øyen with her Nissan Leaf outside the National Archives in Norway, where she works. Next month Norway is expected to become the first country where one in every 100 cars is purely electric. Sidsel Overgaard /NPR hide caption

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Norway Takes The Lead In Electric Cars (With Generous Subsidies)

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