Riding a Bike Has One-Tenth the Impact of an Electric Car: A full life-cycle analysis shows that EVs still have a significant carbon footprint

By Lloyd Alter, March 31, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast A recent study with the unexciting title The Climate Change Mitigation Effects of Daily Active Travel in Cities comes to the unsurprising conclusion that “cyclists had 84% lower CO2 emissions from all daily travel than non-cyclists.”1 The lead researcher, Christian Brand, jazzed it up a bit in his summary in The Conversation, …

Electric Yellow Schoolbus Will Try To Make Vehicle To Grid Power Work

Brad Templeton, Forbes, 2021 The renewable power grid of the future needs energy storage and lots of it. Many have been attracted to an idea called “Vehicle to Grid” (V2G) as a possible solution. The idea is that the giant fleets of electric cars that are coming have tons of spare battery capacity. With the right gear, if they are …

VGI top 10 gaps – Aug 2021

The 10 gaps are: Submetering and separate EV service metering issues and constraints relevant to integration of VGI resources with other behind-the-meter DER resources like solar and energy management systems. Demand response programs suited for VGI participation and directly addressing the existing barriers to VGI participation in DR programs. Support for bidirectional (V2G and V2B) applications broadly that can create …

Biden’s Climate Pledge and EV plan: Details, drama and doubts

By David Iaconangelo | 08/06/2021 E&E News President Biden delivering remarks at the White House yesterday on the administration’s efforts to boost electric cars and trucks. Win McNamee/Getty Images President Biden presented his vision yesterday for putting electric vehicles at the heart of the U.S. car industry, but some policy experts said that the target would do little to transform the industry (hybrid …

Nature: A wasted decade of climate inaction shows us that incremental shifts that might have been sufficient at one time are no longer enough. A rapid shift with 4x the work or a third the time is necessary now. Some have stopped fossil fuel production and exploration, but not US

04 March 2020, Nature. Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time: New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris. Nature 579, 25-28 (2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00571-x, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00571-x The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dearly. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. …

EV sales have increased by roughly 41 percent annually since 2015 but exponential growth will rely on policy boost

Cecilia Keating 26 May 2021 • Business Green. Also see: Give carmakers EV sales targets to accelerate uptake, government urged But exponential growth of EVs will rely on a policy boost, report claims Current rates of deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) are consistent with ‘S curve’ shaped adoption dynamics that suggest the automotive sector could ultimately reach benchmarks consistent with …

Leading health damages from vehicle pollution in 12 states and Washington, DC: Ammonia emissions alone cause 10% of early deaths. The largest health damages were $4 million for every ton of particulate matter emitted. Ozone and fine particulate matter from vehicle emissions in 2016 led to an estimated 7,100 deaths in the NE and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US.

A new study that quantifies the total and interstate deaths from transportation-related air pollution from five vehicle types in 12 states and Washington, D.C. has been published in Environmental Research Letters. The research was led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H Chan School …

Washington State sets 2030 end date for gasoline vehicle sales: Most aggressive in the US

GreenCarReports.com, by Stephen Edelstein, APRIL 16, 2021 www.greencarreports.com/news/1131947_washington-state-sets-2030-end-date-for-gasoline-vehicle-sales-most-aggressive-in-the-us Washington State has passed a bill setting the most aggressive timeline for phasing out sales of new gasoline vehicles in the United States, aiming to accomplish that by the 2030 model year. That’s substantially earlier than the 2035-calendar-year target set by California Governor Gavin Newsom in an executive order last year. The Washington bill is also …

Biggest Electric Bus Deal in U.S. Approved in Maryland

By Keith Laing, Bloomberg, February 23, 2021  Washington suburb agrees to pay $169 million over 16 years  Move comes as Biden plans to electrify the federal fleet A school system outside Washington is poised to become the nation’s biggest operator of electric school buses. The Board of Education in Maryland’s Montgomery County voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to approve a 16-year, …