elec·​tri·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ i-ˌlek-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən, ē-\

Definition of electrification 

1 : an act or process of electrifying
2 : the state of being electrified

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Still, there’s no doubt that the industry as a whole is heading to electrification, a good thing as the world lessens its dependence on cars and looks to combat climate change. Megan Barber, Curbed, "World’s first fully electric RV will debut in 2019," 14 Dec. 2018 Take Volkswagen: after betting big on diesel—and losing—the automaker is going full-speed ahead on electrification. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volkswagen plans to make 50 million electric cars, CEO says," 12 Nov. 2018 What's bad for the owner of vehicles propelled by internal combustion engines could actually be good for tech, which has bet big on electrification. Eric Newcomer, latimes.com, "Why Silicon Valley doesn't mind rising gas prices," 6 July 2018 Samuelsson, who acknowledged that the company had been skeptical about electrification only two years ago, said things had changed. Matti Huuhtanen, chicagotribune.com, "Volvo ditches traditional engines for electrified powertrains on every model," 5 July 2017 But the triple revolution’s basically autonomous vehicles, electrification of vehicles, and ride sharing or fleet operated vehicles. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Uber will win the scooter wars," 6 Aug. 2018 Many people in Africa, where the process of rural electrification has been slow, still burn wood to cook or heat their homes. Washington Post, "Africa’s pollution killing thousands of infants, study says," 27 June 2018 Automakers say the industry has evolved dramatically with new technologies that merit rebates, tax breaks and additional incentives that may move consumers toward electrification and financially assist automakers trying to meet regulation. Phoebe Wall Howard, USA TODAY, "Emissions fight pits California against Detroit," 16 Apr. 2018 The rate of electrification of final energy more than triples, with global electricity generation reaching a level nearly five times today’s level. 5. David Roberts, Vox, "Shell’s vision of a net-zero carbon world by 2070, explained," 30 Mar. 2018

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1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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