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Issue #48 - 9 reasons Rivian will be successful, electrifying taxi fleets, Honda goes 100% electric (but with a twist), and there's no US charging infrastructure!

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Issue #48 - 9 reasons Rivian will be successful, electrifying taxi fleets, Honda goes 100% electric (but with a twist), and there's no US charging infrastructure!
By Gary Comerford • Issue #48 • View online
I’ve mixed up the format of the newsletter this week. The last few have been quite wordy (or ‘verbose’) and, checking the stats, I’m not sure everybody’s reading it all. So slightly shorter articles this week with more links out to the materials if you want the detail.
Let me know if this works for you.

This Week's Podcast.
The EV Musings Podcast: 87 - The EVA England Episode
Top Five EV/ Renewable Stories.
Will Rivian Be Successful? These Are 9 Reasons Why It Will Be
Rivian is one of those companies which seems to be doing everything right when it comes to launching its vehicles. It produced something with a great spec. It created prototypes that were used in real-life situations (Long Way Up) and it hasn’t rushed out something that is half-baked with non-functional software and lots of bugs. (I’m looking at you, VW!)
Everyone has high hopes for the Rivian - including friend of the podcast Duncan Jones (@manmademoon) who has an order down on a Rivian to replace his petrol-powered Corvette.
This article gives nine reasons why Rivian will be successful. So far you’d be stupid to bet against them.
Should Taxi Fleets Be Electric Now?
Alongside last-mile deliveries, taxis are one of the vehicle sectors that would most benefit the environment from going electric.
Several cities in China have mandated electric taxis several years ago and replaced their entire fleet with EVs. So it’s nice to see somewhere like New York getting in on the act. If you look at the statistics - 3.8 tons of greenhouse gas per mile over the whole New York taxi fleet on average - the pollution savings along (alongside the decrease in illness and public health costs) would be worth the cost of transferring.
Biden Offshore Wind Plan: Who Supports Ambition in Offshore Wind?
The Biden administration’s bold, broad plan for offshore wind released last month attracted a lot of attention — and boatloads of support. Because when it comes to being ambitious on offshore wind, there’s a lot that wind companies, labour unions, environmental and community groups, academics, and others agree on.
Anecdotal data indicates that a lot of workers who were employed in offshore oil are finding it relatively easy to transfer their skills across to offshore wind. There are several sorts of skillsets that apply equally well to both industries: building and implementing large, floating, structures in deep and semi-deep bodies of water, managing the transmission of produced raw materials from offshore location to onshore depots etc. So the fact that this can be leveraged to reduce the number of jobs in the fossil fuel industry that will be lost is a good thing.
Honda Announces 100% ‘Electric’ Sales by 2040, But There’s a Twist
They are not giving up on fuel cell hydrogen.
“In order to achieve our carbon-free goal on a “tank-to-wheel” basis, as the responsibility of an automaker, Honda will strive to increase the ratio of battery-electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCVs) within overall unit sales in all major markets of electrification combined to 40% by 2030, to 80% by 2035, and then to 100% globally by 2040”
It seems that the Japanese auto manufacturers are pretty wed to their FCEVs. Despite overwhelming evidence that hydrogen as a power source for small vehicles (and, to some extent larger vehicles) is a non-starter, they still want to try and push this technology forward.
Whilst I think that there is a use for hydrogen in the energy mix, globally, using it to power a small car is not it.
“Essentially No BEV Charging Infrastructure in the USA”
The logic behind this article is actually quite interesting: By comparing the number of proposed chargers in a smaller country with fewer vehicles to the proposed number of chargers in a larger country with more electric vehicles the author is saying that the US is woefully under-resourced when it comes to EV chargers.
I think - as a general rule - you can probably never have too many chargers in any country. But I also think that the number of chargers in any country should be a function of the charging methodology rather than the number of vehicles. If a majority of have off-street parking the number of private chargers can increase. Whereas if the number of drivers with off-street parking is smaller the public charging infrastructure needs to increase.
Comparing Holland and the US is a little like comparing apples and pears - all we’ve ended up with is fruit salad.
A cool EV or renewable thing
German electric utility company EnBW has announced it is implementing a flagship charging station at the Kamener Kreuz autobahn interchange. When complete, the 52 charging points will make it the largest public fast-charging station in Europe, according to the company.
Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, or EnBW for short, is one of the largest electric utility companies in Germany. It has moved into EV charging over the last couple of year-end now has 13 large fast-charging stations and over 350 fast-charging sites in Germany with an additional 50 large stations in the construction or planning stage.
The Kamen site will have charging at up to 350 kW with solar panels providing up to 120 kW of electricity and feed any surplus energy back into the local grid.
Not only that but the points will all be illuminated and covered.
It’s not quite the Electric Forecourt approach that grid serve are taking, but with 52 chargers, solar and feed into the grid it’s certainly very welcome for EV drivers in Germany.
Something To Think About.
Finally...
Coming up soon on the podcast, we have a discussion with Melanie ShuffleBotham from Zap Map (our favourite charger location app).
Are you an EV Musings Patron? If not you’re missing out on a number of cool items. This week, for example, the podcast had a post-credits sequence for patrons where I rant on for a short while about battery recycling.
Mystery box link: Go on, you know you want to…
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Gary Comerford

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