Are Auto-Dealership Protection Laws Holding Back Electric Vehicle Adoption?
The upshot of this is that tesla (and other manufacturers such as Lucid and Rivian) are having to push for changes in individual states to allow them to sell directly to the public. It’s starting to work.
For the past three years, (according to research firm IHS Markit), Floridians have bought over 60% more EVs than New Yorkers. Could this have something to do with the fact that Tesla, which currently sells the vast majority of EVs, has opened 17 stores and galleries in Florida, whereas in New York, it has only 5 stores, and is prohibited from opening more?
Without changes like this at the state (and, ideally at the federal) level, EV uptake - a key component of Joe Biden’s policies - will stall.
Redwood Materials to Launch Anode Copper Foil Production
Another step in the movement towards battery recycling
is announced here. What’s key in this announcement is the fact that this is a completely closed-loop system. Both the manufacturing, the recycling and the subsequent remanufacturing occurs on the same site this reduces the carbon footprint of materials that no longer need to be shipped from factory to factory as part of the recycling process.
This will be the first time batteries will be recycled, remanufactured, and returned to the same factory in a closed-loop. This partnership with Panasonic began in 2019 and since, they’ve been recycling all Panasonic’s manufacturing scrap from the Tesla Gigafactory. That very same material will now be recycled, and the copper contained will be remanufactured into anode foil and returned to Panasonic at the Gigafactory, just a few miles down the road.
Sunshine, My Frenemy
As mentioned in the introduction, Australia has quite a robust solar energy production system (mainly despite the government’s policies rather than because of them).
This was from the state which - in the not too distant past - suffered from power outages due to renewals issue that caused the then finance minister (and current Prime Minister Scott Morisson) to bring a lump of coal into the Australian parliament and tell politicians not to be scared of it because it’ll keep the lights on.
This renewable fad might catch on, you know.
UK Windfarms Generate Record Amount of Electricity During Storm Malik
Wind speeds of up to 100 miles an hour recorded in Scotland helped wind power generation to rise to a provisional all-time high of more than 19,500 megawatts – or more than half the UK’s electricity – according to data from National Grid.
The winter storms have followed a summer of low wind power generation across the UK and Europe, which caused increased use of gas power plants during a global supply shortfall
The UK’s weekend surge in renewable electricity helped to provide a temporary reprieve from its heavy reliance on fossil fuel generation in recent months, which has caused market prices to reach record highs
Western Australia — Out With the Poles, in With the Solar Panels
As part of the Western Australian government’s Recovery Plan, Horizon Power has received $46 million to provide 150 systems across regional Western Australia. Each system consists of solar panels, battery storage, and a backup diesel generator.
Derby, in the remote Kimberleys, had a $5.2 million solar and battery storage project installed, including a 40kW solar shade over the local pool. Marble Bar (the hottest town in Australia) installed a 582kW/583kWh battery energy storage system to be paired with the Marble Bar solar farm, which generates more than 1,000MWh of electricity annually. Broome is to receive two batteries, which would free up more than 1,400kW of new rooftop PV hosting capacity to residents and businesses next month.
It’s installations and initiatives like these which allow states in Australia to run for days and days purely on renewable energy.
The federal government needs to get behind projects like these and quickly.