04 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"...Toyota brand will offer around 15 different zero-emission vehicles in Europe by 2026, and the company expects to deliver more than 250,000 battery-electric vehicles
"...the company's willingness to publicly float a rough start date for local production carries extra weight. It suggests that, for all the gloom about a slowdown in EV growth, the industry is trending in the right direction."
04 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"The issue was the withdrawal of proposed regulations that would have ended the sale of new gas-powered cars in Connecticut by 2035.
"...in the bigger picture, like a fight that beleaguered conservatives had to wage because they needed a win...why this fight has been necessary. Traditional cars, even with modern technology, contribute heavily to global climate change...opponents are free to celebrate today. But they need to know this is far
04 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"Coastal areas represent only 20% of the earth's surface...around 40% live less than 100 kilometers from a coast..Regent, a US startup, has set out to find an innovative, fast, economical and sustainable way to link territories spread along the coast.
"...glider is '100% electric'.. carry 12 passengers plus two crew members, or approximately 1,600 kilos if the cargo...It flies low over the water to take advantage of numerous aerodynamic and operational efficiencies, allowing a greater payload capacity and greater autonomy than other concepts."
04 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"...BYD has taken strict measures to combat false information regarding the company, including the leakage of commercial secrets, and has even considered legal action against such defamatory rumors.
"BYD sued an auto blogger, Longzhu-Jiche, for defamation. BYD claimed contained a significant amount of false information and malicious slander against the company."
04 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"Northvolt and BYD are pushing ahead with sodium-ion batteries, but U.S. companies probably don't need to.
"BYD is constructing a dedicated sodium-ion battery plant in eastern China...sodium-ion batteries could eliminate the pesky traits of lithium-ion that we detest: there's no risk of thermal runaway...sodium-ion batteries could play a larger role in stationary storage and smaller vehicles where range requirements are lower..."
03 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"...if the shift to electrification in transportation is moving in the fast lane, mode shifts toward public transit, cycling and other forms of mobility seen as more sustainable have been slow to catch on. This has prompted experts to urge new thinking around how streets are designed, so they include biking and pedestrian infrastructure...
"...also emerging is a more holistic view of the role of mobility as a reflection of the goals cities have to remake themselves as more livable and pluralistic places that better serve all residents."
03 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"Chinese firms currently produce the vast majority of electric car batteries and the minerals used in them...
"Starting in 2024, the law also barred cars from eligibility for tax credits if they contain battery components manufactured or assembled by a "foreign entity of concern".
"Only about 20 of more than 100 models of electric vehicles for sale in the US currently qualify for the tax credit."
03 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"Toyota revealed neither powertrain nor battery specs, so there's no way of knowing how much power or range it will have just yet. However, expect two powertrain options -- single-motor, two-wheel drive, and dual-motor, all-wheel drive options.
"Toyota hasn't officially committed to building the EPU but it seems like an inevitability at this point. Not having a pickup to compete with the incredibly popular [Ford] Maverick seems foolish and making it electric would put Toyota ahead of the game."
03 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"It has created what it calls its CATL Integrated Intelligent Chassis - a skateboard design that incorporates all the bits and pieces needed to make a fully functional electric car...contains all the batteries, motors, suspension, and brakes, then mounts a variety of bodies...Integrated Intelligent Chassis uses 10.5 kWh per 100 km and has a range of 1,000 kilometers in the rather optimistic Chinese range testing standard.
03 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"Hazy conditions have been noticeable over the first few days of the UN's COP28...The air quality index reached 155 micrograms per cubic meter of PM2.5 pollution - the fine particulate matter that is most harmful, as it can enter the bloodstream...it increases the risk of respiratory diseases, strokes, heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes and other problems...damage is caused partly by PM2.5 microparticles, which mostly come from fossil fuels...
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