Royal Mail Launches First Delivery Office to Operate an All-Electric Delivery Fleet
Last-mile delivery is one of the key drivers of pollution and CO2 emissions. Anything that can be done to reduce this will always be a tick in the plus column for climate change.
The office in Bristol now has 23 fully electric vans that will carry all the mail from that office with no emissions.
Even though the driver for this was the introduction of a Clean Air Zone in Bristol, I’m confident that the cost reductions in fuel and maintenance will encourage the Royal mail to do a similar thing with other depots.
If only we could get the US Postal Service to do the same!
Scientists Have Cost-Effectively Harvested Lithium From Seawater
As with all breakthroughs that occur in a lab setting I would advise caution with this.
Lithium is one of the key ingredients in a Lithium-Ion battery. These batteries - of course - are used in electric vehicles, computers, phones and numerous other technologies.
Currently, lithium is extracted from brine or mined from ore in open cast mines. The process is environmentally damaging and expensive. This new process is a lot cheaper, uses ocean seawater as a source, and produces a waste product which is an input to desalination plants to provide fresh drinking water.
These Gorgeous Vases Are Made From Discarded Plastic Bags
With 300 million tonnes of plastic being produced every year - and a large chunk of that being used once and discarded, plastic pollution is becoming one of the scourges of the environment.
So anything which can take that unrecyclable plastic and use it in a second use is to be welcomed. More so when it can be used to create something beautiful
such as a vase.
Seoul-based designer Jisun Kim is making beautiful, translucent vases out of plastic bags for Lexus Korea’s Creative Masters series, which explores the creative vision behind the craft of various artists. Kim’s project takes plastic bags, which are both ubiquitous and bad for the environment, and reincarnates them as a beautiful piece of home decor.
Electric Vehicle Charging Points Should Be ‘As Iconic as Red Telephone Boxes’
In 2020 a survey of 2,000 motorists conducted by Seat found that a third of UK drivers believe that electric vehicle charging points are eyesores. Forty-nine per cent of responders said they did not want chargers installed on their street.
Note the survey was conducted by Seat - a company that at the time of the survey did not have an electric car available for purchase so take the survey results with a pinch of salt.
Not sure this is the right approach. What about you?
Tesla Model 3 Becomes Most Popular Battery Electric Car on UK Roads
There’s no doubt the Tesla Model 3 has been a watershed for electric vehicles. It’s not a coincidence that every new EV on the market is (falsely) branded as ‘A Tesla killer’.
So it was no surprise to learn that the Model 3 has become the most popular EV on Britain’s roads
, beating the previous champion the Nissan Leaf. There are now 39,900 Model 3s in the UK, compared with 38,900 Leafs.
Globally, the US carmaker was the largest seller of electric cars in 2020 but two European carmakers – Germany’s Volkswagen and Stellantis, a product of the merger between Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler – sold more electric cars than Tesla in western Europe during the first three months of 2020