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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]
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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image: VW ID.4
[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!
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.
RECYCLING AT OVER 600 DEGREES.
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?
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.
You may have read the following headline recently: "Extra Emissions are the Dirty Little Secret of Electric Cars" published this weekend by The Australian and copied elsewhere.
Perhaps you've read the article and found there was so many inaccuracies you don't know where to start giving a balanced view.
Auke Hoekstra, a Dutch EV expert and "EV, energy and Smart Grid" researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology, (the same university from which the 2019 winners of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Cruiser Class hail), is not having any of it.
Hoekstra cuts through the latest claims of renowned climate denialist Bjorn Lomborg, quoted in The Australian article on the emissions from electric vehicles. Read on....
[This report first published on MARCH 9, 2020, The Driven,
EVANS CRUISES TO VICTORY WITH DOMINANT DISPLAY IN MEXICO CITY
After starting second, Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans emerged victorious after a flawless race in Mexico City. Following Evans was DS Techeetah's Antonio Felix da Costa, while Nissan e.dams' Sebastian Buemi rounded off the podium in third.
Here's how it all happened.