12 Sep 2023 | Synopsis"...the automotive industry's future is likely electric, not all US states seem to be heading in that direction...The broader picture is that while some states remain very EV-positive, there seems to be a broadening gap between states that favor EVs and those that don't.
"Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Wyoming, Louisiana, South Dakota, West Virginia, and North Dakota are the states showing the biggest slowdown in EV adoption."
12 Sep 2023 | Synopsis"2- and 3-wheelers also made up nearly half of all EV sales in 2022, according to a new report"
"Two- and three-wheelers represented the majority of avoided oil use, clocking in at 997,230 barrels per day; for comparison, electric passenger cars only avoided the use of 264,382 barrels per day and electric buses saved 207,482 each day...there hasn't been much improvement since 2021..."
12 Sep 2023 | Synopsis"Reports from the People's Republic suggest the newcomer will edge out the Lucid Air by the slimmest of margins, alleging the YangWang U6 has a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.195. The Lucid's Cd is only a hair behind that at 0.197...YangWang is the luxury arm of BYD...Beyond the drag coefficient, there aren't any technical specifications...reports from China stipulated that the U6 could have a four-motor powertrain good for 1,180 horsepower."
12 Sep 2023 | Synopsis"Though hydrogen combustion engines are praised for their ability to produce energy without emitting carbon dioxide, they are still emitting nitrogen oxides. These compounds still harm the environment and negatively affect vegetation and crop yields
"...hydrogen costs around $16 per gallon, making it four times more expensive...It looks like electric vehicles will remain in the spotlight for now, at least until we can figure out how to produce hydrogen less expensively."
12 Sep 2023 | Synopsis"Volkswagen has just announced its entry into the e-bike market through its subsidiary Volkswagen Financial Services, and a partnership with Pon Holdings, a large mobility company based in the Netherlands.
"As part of the deal, Volkswagen Financial Services acquired a 49-percent stake in Pon's bike leasing business Bike Mobility Services (BMS)... the company provides bicycles to more than 600,000 employees across 65,000 companies."
11 Sep 2023 | Synopsis"...there are only about three electric vehicle charging ports for every 10,000 people in the United States...The scarcity of chargers was such an issue for Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and her team that the police got involved at one point..Granholm and her team worked to smooth things over...the incident drew attention to the desperate need for improved EV infrastructure."
11 Sep 2023 | Synopsis"...the Biden administration has recognized that its investments in the electric-vehicle industry will require enormous quantities of cobalt, nickel, lithium, manganese, and graphite. China’s dominance over the critical-mineral supply chain...'OPEC squared' - a resource monopoly that could eventually spell disaster for American security.
"The Lawton [OK] refinery marks a small step toward reducing one side of this mineral dependency."
11 Sep 2023 | Synopsis"...Concept CLA-Class, previewing the first compact EV based on the automaker's new MMA platform. The production version will arrive in the same timeframe that the report claims Mercedes will begin using BYD batteries. Battery chemistry wasn't discussed at the unveiling, but Mercedes said MMA vehicles will use a relatively small pack and rely on greater efficiency to achieve sufficient range."
11 Sep 2023 | Synopsis"Nearly 22,900 electric vehicles (EVs) have been sold from January through August of this year...This translates into over 597% increase compared to 3,283 electric cars that were sold in the same period a year ago.
Battery-powered and hybrid vehicles saw their market shares reach 3.9% and 10.4%, up from just 0.9% and 10.3% in the first eight months of last year...The current production capacity of around 100,000 vehicles per year will reach 175,000 once Togg?s factory reaches total capacity."
11 Sep 2023 | Synopsis"Tama, a car model produced at a factory in western Tokyo, was at the forefront of Japan's electric vehicle (EV) market decades before the term 'global warming' was even coined...A government performance test showed Tama could run a maximum of 96 kilometers on one battery charge at speeds up to 35 kph...records indicate Tama and other EVs accounted for at least 3 percent of all automobiles in Japan in 1949."
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