It’s Official — Consumer Reports Confirms EV Owners Spend Half As Much On Maintenance

September 26th, 2020 by Steve Hanley  Data is king and when it comes to information on the frequency of repairs on automobiles, Consumer Reports has more data than anyone. For its latest report, it did a deep dive into the data from its 2019 and 2020 reliability surveys of electric and gasoline powered vehicles. After crunching all the numbers, Consumer Reports says “drivers of electric …

How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

How the pandemic is delivering the electric truck

High consumer demand for at-home deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic is helping accelerate major shipping companies’ transition to electric trucks. (E&E News) Sept 2020 David Ferris, E&E News reporter, Friday, September 25, 2020 UPS driver Gilbert Lopez works in an electric UPS truck in Los Angeles this month amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Newscom Part one of a series. Call …

As e-bike users discover how much further they can travel in a given amount of time, they start using their bikes more and their cars less

StreetsBlog, Sept 2020 Cycling Industry News reports on a study in Norway that finds that as e-bike users discover how much further they can travel in a given amount of time, they start using their bikes more and their cars less. The study of Oslo bicyclists found that e-bike users were traveling 340 percent further on average than they were on their …

Dropping battery costs

From Climate Home News, 30 July 2020 – The model developed by Viswanathan and his colleagues shows that battery packs are on track to cost less than $80 per kilowatt-hour by 2025, a projection in line with leading forecasts, like that from BloombergNEF (You can read more about their model in a 2017 journal article and in a recent post …

Widespread Electric Vehicle Adoption Would Save Billions of Dollars, Thousands of Lives

Aug. 17, 2020 — A new study found that if EVs replaced 25% of combustion-engine cars currently on the road, the United States would save approximately $17 billion annually by avoiding damages from climate change and air pollution. Widespread Electric Vehicle Adoption Would Save Billions of Dollars, Thousands of Lives.’ A new study found that if EVs replaced 25% of combustion-engine …

Battery Powered Trains will be 35% Cheaper Than Hydrogen, Study Concludes: Plus the price of batteries keeps dropping

Oliver Cuenca of International Railway Journal reports that the battery-powered trains cost 35% less to buy and operate than hydrogen trains. The batteries don’t have to be replaced as often as fuel cells, either, so maintenance costs will be lower. If the trains operate during the daytime, they can be charged at night with the same cheap electricity, just like people …

The Azores will become a testing ground for electric mobility and Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

 AUGUST 04, 2020, by TZVETOZAR VINCENT IOLOV Vasco Cordeiro, President of the Azores Islands Autonomous Government, inaugurated a pilot project called ‘Energia sobre Rodas – V2G Açores’ (Energy on Wheels – V2G Azores) yesterday during a visit in São Miguel. This multi-partner initiative is part of a wider governmental policy which wants to see the Atlantic archipelago at the forefront of …

Deliberate decline focuses on the deep shifts in established systems that are necessary to realize decarbonization

Daniel Rosenbloom and Adrian Rinscheid, 26 July 2020 https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.669 Promoting low‐carbon innovation has long been a central preoccupation within both the practice and theory of climate change mitigation. However, deep lock‐ins indicate that existing carbon‐intensive systems will not be displaced or reconfigured by innovation alone. A growing number of studies and practical initiatives suggest that mitigation efforts will need to engage …

Electric cars What the million-mile battery means for electric cars

The Economist It is mainly about greater reliability Science & technology Aug 1st 2020 edition As every mobile-phone owner knows, after a year or so the battery starts to fade and the beast needs recharging more frequently. That is a nuisance, but a phone’s batteries can be replaced fairly cheaply—or the whole handset traded in for the latest model. An electric car, …