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.
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 %.