16 Mar 2023 | SynopsisThe ONS has a virtual basket of 700 carefully selected items that are "representative of the goods and services that consumers typically spend their money on...arrival...will be seen by many pundits as a significant indicator of the status of e-bikes in the UK...
"ONS said that electric bikes...have become more popular in recent years because of an increased awareness of the environment and personal fitness."
16 Mar 2023 | Synopsis"...the new VW ID. 2all concept car...a significant new model: the first small, more affordable electric Volkswagen due in 2025...It's an important glimpse into the future of Wolfsburg's aggressive EV roll-out... first look at VW's new MEB Entry architecture.
"Lighter mass, smaller dimensions and the latest tech mean that the ID. 2all is claimed to travel 280 miles on one charge...pricing forecasts for the ID. 2: it will 'cost less thant€25,000? or £22,000.'
16 Mar 2023 | Synopsis"National Renewable Energy Laboratory published a new forecast... that the grid could hit a crucial target - generating 80% of its electricity without burning fossil fuels - by the end of the decade.
"Under some of the lab's scenarios, the American grid could, by 2030, generate 90% of its electricity without burning carbon...US. power sector emissions were expected to plateau after 2025. Now they will plunge through the end of the decade."
16 Mar 2023 | Synopsis"Biden Administration is making good on a promise to create a vastly bigger electric vehicle charging network across the U.S., particularly in lower-income or rural regions...
"The new funds are in addition to $5 billion already earmarked for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, or NEVI, program to build chargers and clean fuel stations on federal and state highways and roads...A specific focus is getting more public chargers built in underserved regions..."
16 Mar 2023 | Synopsis"[T]he Willow project, led by ConocoPhillips, represents the largest new Alaskan oil project in decades....the energy and economic benefits of the project are smaller and less certain than its boosters have suggested...The project will not deliver its first barrels until 2028 or 2029...The chemistry of petroleum beneath Alaska's North Slope is different from both light shale oil and the heavier oil...it will need to be blended with other oil..."
15 Mar 2023 | Synopsis"60 percent of respondents living in both rural and urban areas listed charging logistics as a potential factor that could prevent them from getting...an EV
"For policies to effectively increase ownership of EVs in rural areas, education and community outreach must be responsive to the concerns of rural communities.
"Rural consumers are lacking key knowledge that could help them alleviate their concerns and better understand the overall benefits of making the switch to an EV."
15 Mar 2023 | Synopsis"A full EV might have 13kg of cobalt in its battery...A brand-new, combustion engine petrol car has much less cobalt than an EV, but it is still in the vehicle's tyres and airbags
"Three-quarters of all cobalt and about 8% of copper originates from the Democratic Republic of Congo...Left without a livelihood, families in mineral-rich areas dug their own tunnels and established DIY mines...mining 'is one of the very few livelihood opportunities that is accessible to people who lack education".
15 Mar 2023 | Synopsis"Maryland is required by law to mirror California's vehicle emissions standards, but former Gov. Larry Hogan’s Republican administration delayed adoption...
"Moore touted the 2035 target as a major step forward in Maryland's climate change strategy, which aims to slash the state greenhouse gas emissions 60% - compared to 2006 levels - by 2031...The rule was unanimously recommended for approval Monday by the state Air Quality Control Advisory"
15 Mar 2023 | Synopsis"Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill Tuesday restricting electric car manufacturers from selling vehicles in person unless they open franchised dealerships.
Defying calls from some fellow Republicans in the Legislature to veto the measure, Reeves enacted into law House Bill 401...[Reeves] also recognize that innovation in this industry is inevitable...committed to find long-term solutions - in an ever changing market."
15 Mar 2023 | Synopsis"Origin vehicles won't be accessible to the public - at least for a while. For now, Cruise will be testing the Origins on public roads in Austin.
"The Cruise Origin, the product of a multiyear collaboration with parent company GM and investor Honda that is designed for a ride-sharing service...The shuttle-like vehicle...has no steering wheel or pedals and is designed to travel at highway speeds."
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