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Issue #75 - Plastic from seaweed, Kia eNiro tops user survey, Big Oil threatens Aus. state, and renewable were 81% of all new generation in the US last year.

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Issue #75 - Plastic from seaweed, Kia eNiro tops user survey, Big Oil threatens Aus. state, and renewable were 81% of all new generation in the US last year.
By Gary Comerford • Issue #75 • View online
This week marks the start of season 7 of the podcast and we’ve started with a belter of an episode. Motoring journalist (and EV supporter) Quentin Willson has joined us for a chat about battery maker BritishVolt, Faircharge UK, and his transition from being a petrol-head to driving electric cars.

This Week's Podcasts.
The EV Musings Podcast: 50 - Second Hand EVs
The EV Musings Podcast: 121 - The Quentin Willson Episode
Top Five EV/ Renewable Stories.
Kia Niro EV Tops Mass Market Category in J.D. Power Electric Vehicle Experience Ownership Study for Second Straight Year
This is hardly surprising. The Kia E Nero is one of the best electric vehicles on the market in terms of value for money and range. On a recent trip to London, I can honestly say that the vast majority of electric vehicles which were running around inside the low emission zone were either Electric taxis or in euros. The very very popular with Uber drivers and others who wants a comfortable long-range car that they can take to the centre of the city.
These New Sneakers Are Fully Compostable, Including the Soles
Imagine living in a world where your sneakers are actually compostable. They’re made from organic, natural material, hard-wearing and dependable. But when you’re done with them you throw them in the bin and they decompose back to their constituent parts.
The shoes from Blueview, a startup helmed by a molecular biology professor, use an algae-based polyurethane foam that can biodegrade in compost, soil, and even the ocean, But the material, which took more than six years to develop, is partly algae-based, unlike the typical foam made from fossil fuels. The shoe’s upper uses what the company says is the first 3D-knit sneaker material made only from plants. And when the sneakers wear out, they’ve been proven to fully biodegrade in a backyard compost bin, or even in the ocean.
The upper was also a challenge. The founders wanted to knit the shoe to reduce the waste that comes from cutting out material. But other companies with 3D-knit shoes use synthetic yarn; when the team started experimenting with plant-based yarn that could biodegrade, they struggled to get it to work in knitting machines without snapping or breaking. They finally landed on a combination of materials—hemp and eucalyptus yarn—and equipment that worked
UK Government to Expand EV Charging Infrastructure Tenfold by 2030
The UK’s charging network has been given a huge boost today (25 March 2022), as government unveils plans to support the UK market to reach 300,000 public electric vehicle chargepoints by 2030 – equivalent to almost 5 times the number of fuel pumps on our roads today.
A strategy such as this he’s always very very welcome. Public charging in the UK is some of the best in the world, however, there are always more things that could be done. One issue I have with the strategy is that a large amount of it relies on local councils and other governmental departments using that money appropriately. Research I’ve been carrying out for an episode of the podcast indicates that there are many councils in the country that believe that electric vehicles won’t catch on, or they don’t have an electric vehicle strategy, or they refuse to take the money that’s been offered because it won’t cover 100% of what they need and they want additional funding to cover the shortfall. Nevertheless, there will be councils, and private companies, that will take some of this money unemployed in the way that works well for electric vehicle drivers in the United Kingdom. I’m particularly happy to see some of the provisions in there which called for open data from the ChargePoint operators regarding reliability and availability of charges. This can only be a good thing
ExxonMobil Fires Warning Over Victoria’s Plan to Turn Off Gas
We’re at that stage in climate denial where Big Oil is using the threat of customers being switched off as a means of trying to prolong their grip on the nation’s power grids.
ExxonMobil in Australia is warning that moves to reduce the reliance on Fossil Fuels in the state could result in customers being left without power.
This is, obviously, scaremongering. What they mean is that if those changes were made today, the grid wouldn’t cope. But these changes aren’t being made today, they are being made over the coming years during which time renewable solutions will be ramped up.
Renewables Provided 81 Percent of New US Electrical Capacity in 2021 Concludes SUN DAY Campaign Review
In the big scheme of things, the amount of renewable energy overall in the US is still a minority. But the little acorns from which mighty oaks grow are already being planted. The US has announced that 81% of all new electrical generation capacity in their country came from renewables last year. That’s a fantastic number and bodes well for future renewable penetration in the country.
FERC’s numbers indicate that new renewable capacity in 2021 was more than four times greater than that of natural gas. Renewables now provide more than a quarter (25.81 %) of the total US available installed generating capacity. Five years ago, it was 19.17 % and a decade earlier it was 14.26 %.
A cool EV or renewable thing
Cool thing from last week’s offering (Episode 50)
We’re big fans of zero-emissions motor racing so the Formula E series is one for us to watch. This documentary discusses how the series was created and what the green credentials are both in terms of the racing itself and the ancillary activities around it And we go green - A Formula E Documentary
Cool thing from Episode 121
This was an episode on Fully Charged recently but I wanted to highlight it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, yet.
One of the largest onshore wind turbines in the world is in Rotterdam. Standing at a staggering 260m tall, the Haliade-X is capable of generating 14MW of power - enough to power 16,000 homes.
One sweep of its blade can power a home for two days. Talking of blades this is absolutely monstrous. It has a span that is taller than the Eiffel Tower itself.
It’s actually a land-based testbed for larger floating turbines which will be installed for offshore wind generation.
Very impressive!
Something To Think About.
Finally...
Now that we’re back into the podcast we’ll be getting new episodes every week. That means every other week when this newsletter comes out you’ll get two new episodes to look back on. There are loads of excellent episodes planned for the season including a look at Electric vans for last-mile delivery, discussions with Zap-Map about their latest offerings and, hopefully, a chat with a couple of charge point operators about where they ee the market heading.
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