Electric car charts for 2017

By Matt Pressman 19 August 2017   Originally published on EV Annex. Countries worldwide are taking an aggressive stance in order to expedite the transition to electric vehicles. Yet automakers are moving slowly — the Big Three in Detroit are taking a wait-and-see approach with vehicle electrification. And Germany’s finest are also dragging their feet. One automaker is leading the way. According to The Telegraph, “Tesla, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, announced that …

Extreme weather increases the risk of armed conflict in ethnically-diverse countries, a new study suggests.

Schleussner, C. F. et al. (2016) Armed-conflict risks enhanced by climate-related disasters in ethnically fractionalized countries, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1601611113 Around 23% of conflict outbreaks in these countries over the last three decades have occurred during climate-related disasters, such as droughts and heatwaves, the paper says. The results don’t suggest that weather extremes directly trigger conflict, …

Heavy vehicle transition pathways, from New Zealand

Reducing Emissions in the New Zealand Heavy Vehicle Fleet “Yes We Can” Symposium Hotel Intercontinental Wellington, 31st  May 2016 At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in 2015 (COP 21), New Zealand committed to achieving a 30% reduction on 2005 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This requires a reduction of 25 million tonnes in 14 years. Converting the entire …

How Delivery Services Can Cut Costs And Emissions With Fleet Monitoring And Electrification

By Eric Schmidt, FleetCarma, August 14, 2017 in Fleet Sustainability UPS recently announced its intention to reduce its fleet’s emissions by 12% by 2020; the shipping giant has long been at the forefront of fleet improvements in this way and represents a growing trend in the way fleets are managed. With alternative fuel and electric powertrain technologies improving, the potential benefits such alternatives can provide …

Can we reach 100 million plug-in electric vehicles by 2050? A new GFEI report says it is possible, but will be challenging

By Lew Fulton, May 31, 2017  Model projections of worldwide stock of EVs. Lew Fulton, Director STEPS, UC Davies. Working Paper 16. In order to achieve very low CO2 emissions by 2050, transportation will need to shift strongly away from fossil fuels. For light-duty vehicles, the most obvious pathway now is toward electric vehicles. With over 2 million such vehicles on …

V2G algorithm find the right level of two-way power exchange with the grid can extend a battery’s useful life: “reduce the EVs’ battery pack capacity fade by up to 9.1% and power fade by up to 12.1%.”

By David Roberts, Vox.com, 15 Aug 2017  Hooked up to the grid, chillin’.  (Shutterstock) One of the hottest questions among energy nerds these days has to do with the interaction of electric vehicles and the electricity grid. Will EVs remain passive consumers of electricity, like toasters or refrigerators, the way they are now? Or will they be able to communicate with the grid …

$1500 cash back annually and lower lithium-ion battery degradation with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) use, according to 100 vehicle experiment

By Steve Hanley in Clean Technica, 18 Aug 2017 This story about vehicle-to-grid programs for electric car owners was first published on Gas2. In a vehicle-to-grid experiment involving 100 electric car and truck owners in Europe as well as Enel, one of Europe’s largest utility companies, the owner of the electric Nissans earned an average of $1,530 a year from the program — more than …

Carbon Capture & Storage Is Too Expensive For Reducing Power Sector Emissions

The largest problem facing CCS today is cost.  In addition to the costs of an ordinary coal-fired power plant (which in the U.S. is already quite high, about $92 per megawatt-hour [MWh]), a coal plant with CCS requires additional equipment, increasing upfront construction costs, and has additional operations and maintenance (O&M) expenses. Since a considerable amount of energy is required …