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!
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
“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.