Renault ZOE Sets EV Hypermile Record Using ENSO EV Tyres
Hypermiling - the practice of travelling while minimising the amount of energy used to travel - is something of a dark art. At least it is to get really good at it.
Everybody can reduce their acceleration, or break a lot earlier when approaching a corner or a junction. But to get more than about 7m/kWh in an EV you have to be something special. A team at Thruxton did just this last weekend and broke the hupermiling record
in a Renault Zoe.
Driving day and night, for over 24 hours, at the optimum average speed of 19mph, the Renault ZOE equipped with ENSO’s EV tyres reached a world-beating 475.4 miles on a single charge, smashing the French record by 124.4 miles. An identical Renault ZOE, equipped with its standard OEM tyres and driven by the same team, reached 424.7 miles in comparison, well in excess of its official WLTP range of 245 miles.
One thing of interest was their use of special ENSO range-extending tyres which appear to give an extra 11.27% of range in this hypermiling test. If you’re in an EV with a smaller battery and want to eke out the range, I see many more of these going on people’s EVs in future.
New York Project to Combine Solar Power With High-Speed Broadband
Alongside electric vehicles, one project that is being driven by climate change is the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
In New York, they are looking at projects which can do that AND use the money they’ve saved to increase the wi-fi/ broadband provision in the area.
Using funding from the New York Green Bank and New York State Housing Finance Agency, the Workforce Housing Group — a New York-based affordable housing development organization — is set to launch a project involving about two-dozen buildings
in New York City. These buildings will capitalize on the cost savings of solar power to bring high-speed broadband and WiFi access to residents who might not be able to afford it otherwise.
The project is being funded through a loan to cover the up-front costs of the installation, with loan payments to be offset by the expected energy savings on utility bills. Additional savings from generating solar power would go towards providing free wifi and high-speed broadband connections for residents
Europe Risks Wasting €27 Billion Battery Opportunity With Weak CO2 Targets — Study
The number of battery ‘Giga’ factories being built is increasing on an almost daily basis. Everyone knows that by 2030 the number of EVs on the road will be exponentially greater than it is today.
Europe’s surging EV market has resulted in plans for 38 battery Gigafactories, totalling over 1000 GWh of output and almost €40bn in investment. Yet, weak CO2 standards between 2022 and 2029 give carmakers little incentive to increase the sales of electric cars until 2030
Under current regulations, battery demand will be a mere 174 GWh in 2025, rising to 485 GWh in 2030, when a more ambitious CO2 standard finally enters into force. This is far below the anticipated 462 GWh of battery capacity by 2025, growing to 1,144 GWh by 2030
Enforcing the CO2 standards would increase absorb the current battery oversupply and ensure investment isn’t being wasted.
The excess battery supply can be solved by raising the 2025 CO2 reduction target to 25% and setting an additional target of -40% for 2027
Keeping Britain’s Beauty Spots Turbine-Free Might Mean Missing Energy Targets
The seemingly impossible conundrum of increasing renewable energy but keeping turbines out of sight has reared its head again.
Traditionally in places with lots of wind, the number of wind turbines is much greater than in other places. This is basic physics.
However ‘places with lots of wind’ tend to be wide open spaces such as hills and plains. These are - almost by definition - places of aesthetic appeal. i.e. beauty spots.
A study from Aberdeen University and Warwick Business School found that scenic sights are more likely to be turned down as potential sites for wind farms. Among the most scenic places which also have a potentially high wind energy yield are parts of Aberdeenshire and Argyll and Bute, the Isles of Jura and Raasay, Scotland, as well as Eden in Cumbria and Powys, Wales.
Finless Foods Set to Introduce Plant-Based “Tuna” by 2022
We’ve all heard of the Impossible Burger and the meatless burger so loved by many who don’t eat meat. But now a company in the US is looking to replicate the taste of tuna
using plant-based methods.
Alternatives to meat from cattle fall into two camps: artificially grown meat which is genuine 100% meat but without the need for actual cattle to be raised and slaughtered, and meat-like food, which uses things such as pea protein, soy and tofu to produce something which resembles meat in both looks, texture and taste.
Companies like the Impossible Burger company have come very, very close to the latter.
Now there are attempts to produce plant-based tuna which will be used in dishes where raw tuna would be used - Suchi and Poke bowls, for example.
For this new product, Finless Foods has created a plant-based tune from nine whole ingredients. Effectively imitating the texture of meat and fish has been one of the key challenges for alternative protein producers for a long time, but recent progress with products such as the Impossible Burger has shown that this challenge can be met. Finless Foods said that the chefs who tried the new plant-based tuna raved about its mouthfeel and the look, which is a good sign