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Targa Rally 2021 – Two Day Regional Tour

How would an EV fair attempting the Targa Rally?

Graeme Fenemor decided to find out and wrote this account of this experience.


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Loch Lomond gets electric boat

National Park Rangers on Loch Lomond can now be seen but not heard – as they cruise the water on a new fully electric boat.  The zero direct emissions vessel is the latest addition to the National Park Authority’s marine fleet and is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

In March this year, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority committed to becoming a net zero organisation by 2030.  Unlike the distinctive hum heard from a traditional diesel powered boat, the electric maintenance boat is almost silent as it moves across the loch, creating less disturbance to surrounding wildlife and zero water pollution.

The boat is three times more efficient than a traditional petrol or diesel boat.

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Ioniq 5 first impressions

Malcolm Macpherson recently purchased a new Ioniq 5 from Central Otago Hyundai in Cromwell.

We asked him to give us his impressions.

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The new goldrush for green lithium

Lithium is crucial for the transition to renewables, but mining it has been environmentally costly.

Now a more sustainable source of lithium has been found deep beneath the ground in the UK.

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Amid the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic, some see signs of hope for the future in the clear skies and quiet streets that have resulted from lockdowns around the world. History tells us that major crises have a way of accelerating changes that were already underway. Could it be that we’re witnessing the beginning of the end of the Oil Age?

[Charles Morris - EVVANEX - 5 May 2020]

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Sweden becomes the third European country to close its last coal power plant

Just days after Austria shut its last coal power plant, Sweden has followed suit with the closure of Stockholm Exergi AB’s Värtaverket plant, two years ahead of schedule. Belgium shut down its last coal power station in 2016.


According to Europe Beyond Coal, six more countries are expected to follow suit by 2025 or earlier, including:

  • France (2022),
  • Slovakia (2023)
  • Portugal (2023), 
  • UK (2024),
  • Ireland (2025),
  • Italy (2025).

Five more will drop coal by 2030 or earlier, which is the necessary end date for coal generation in Europe for the continent to be in line with the Paris Agreement. This includes:

  • Greece (2028),
  • the Netherlands (2029),
  • Finland (2029),
  • Hungary (2030)
  • Denmark (2030).

Discussions are currently under way in the Czech Republic, Spain, and North Macedonia over when to exit coal.

Germany intends to exit coal by 2038, which would mean it would not meet the Paris Agreement.


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VW China Shows Signs Of Business Recovery

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[article by Mark Kane, Inside EVs, April 9th 2020]

Don't lose hope. According to VW, the situation in China is improving quickly. Within a few months, we hope to see the same elsewhere.

Volkswagen announced today that its business in China is showing clear signs of recovery. Dealerships report strong customer interest and plants are coming online again:

  • all Volkswagen brand dealerships in China have resumed business
  • Audi and Škoda brands are also returning to normal
  • 32 out of 33 Volkswagen Group China's plants have resumed production

And significantly - the MEB-based electric cars* will be introduced this year - no delay to next year!


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Finally an Electric Concrete Mixer

Liebherr and Designwerk have developed the first fully electric truck mixers with 10 and 12 m³ drums on a 5-axle chassis.

Concrete production in the concrete plants is clean and environmentally friendly, as the mixing plants operate electrically. This is not yet the case when transporting the concrete to the construction site: Up to now, powerful diesel engines have been the norm for such applications - combined with emissions in terms of exhaust gases and noise.

Liebherr says the ETM 1005 and 1205 truck mixers transport large quantities of concrete to the construction site quietly and reliably without exhaust emissions. Charging is normally only necessary at night due to the large accumulator capacities, the company adds.



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Recycling Aluminium at BMW


More than 100,000 tonnes of aluminium are processed annually in the BMW Group plant in Landshut in Lower Bavaria. The plant showcases sustainable use of the light metal.

In addition to BMW's regular lineup, aluminium components play an important role in the further development of electric mobility.

Aluminium is unique among the metals and holds many records. For a long time, it was more valuable than gold. But it comes at a cost: aluminium extraction requires vast amounts of energy. However, with a specific weight of around 2.7 g/cm³ it is approximately three times lighter than iron, resistant against corrosion and very strong. So it comes as no surprise that it is an ideal material for making cars.

How then, can it be used in a more sustainable and responsible way?

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Keeping your car Virus-free

Car wash detergents, glass cleaners and silicon sprays aren't formulated to combat viruses. Indeed, you'd be hard-pressed to find any product in your regular car-cleaning kit that is.

In which case, if you're really dedicated to keeping the bad bug at bay, you'll likely be relying mainly on household cleaners, which might prove to be far harsher products than those you usually apply.

Before you use any product, check the instructions to ensure its okay for use on plastics, upholstery or leather. It's a good idea to test on an unseen patch to double-check it won't cause any damage. Beware ammonia-based cleaning products; these can be ruinous to vinyl surfaces.


[from Stuff, 

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