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Issue #84 - Floating windfarms on Crown Estates, Why people refuse to accept EVS, Osprey becomes the first Chargesafe customer, and France has a trade-in scheme for getting a new EV

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Issue #84 - Floating windfarms on Crown Estates, Why people refuse to accept EVS, Osprey becomes the first Chargesafe customer, and France has a trade-in scheme for getting a new EV
By Gary Comerford • Issue #84 • View online
This is the 84th issue of the EV Musings newsletter.
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This Week's Podcast.
Top Five EV/ Renewable Stories.
Floating Windfarms Could Be Hosted Off Cornwall and Wales, Crown Estate Says
Floating windfarms could be built off the coasts of Cornwall and Pembrokeshire after the Queen’s property manager identified a clutch of sites in the Celtic Sea that could host them. The crown estate hopes these areas will deliver 4 gigawatts of floating offshore wind power by 2035, fuelling almost 4m homes.
Human Brains, & Why Some People Refuse to Accept Electric Cars
While the oil companies rebrand themselves as climate-change warriors, they also fund media campaigns and disingenuous “studies” that cast doubt on the green bona fides of electric vehicles and renewable energy. What about the people who understand and acknowledge the peril of climate change, but who refuse to accept EVs and/or renewable energy?
Our biases cause us to see every new technology through the lens of the one it replaces. That’s why so many people seem to think that switching to EVs will require replacing all our gas/petrol pumps with charging stations. Many car buyers baulk at going electric because they erroneously believe it will mean sitting around waiting for their car to charge
My Tesla Model 3 TCO Estimate Sucked, Model 3 Was Cheaper to Drive Than Most Camrys!
You can drive a Model 3 for about the price of a loaded Camry! Most people think you have to wait for the $35,000 model for the Model 3 to be comparable to a nice Camry, but the calculations show that the tax credit and fuel savings make the Model 3 very competitive today! Most people see the upfront cost of the Model 3 (which is very comparable with a BMW 3 series) and assume the cost of ownership is also similar. They are wrong. This analysis shows that the cost of ownership of the Model 3 today is about 40% below the comparably priced BMW 3 Series!
Osprey & ChargeSafe Partner for Safe, Accessible EV Charging
One of the United Kingdom’s biggest networks of rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging points, Osprey Charging, has joined forces with ChargeSafe, a public charging endorsement body that independently inspects and ranks EV charging stations. This year, ChargeSafe is assessing and grading all of the UK’s charging sites based on 63 criteria for safety and accessibility, with public ratings out of five provided.
This is great for Kate and the team at Chargesafe. Listen to her discussion with me on the podcast last season.
Trade in Your Old Fossil Car in France & Get an Affordable New Stellantis — “Electric as You Go”
Presently available in France, the “Electric As You Go” program is for private customers who wish to change their old vehicle to an affordable, sustainable one. There is the customary but “limited” initial down payment and a monthly fee that starts from €110 per month plus a cost of 7 cents per kilometre with a 500 km minimum per month. Drivers initially can choose from a Peugeot e-208 (the Peugeot e-208 was the #1 best-selling fully electric vehicle in France in June) or an Opel Corsa-e, two fully electric models which have a WLTP driving range of more than 360 km, or they can choose a B-SUV such as an Opel Mokka-e.
A great way to go electric AND get rid of your old fossil fuel car
A cool EV or renewable thing
From Episode 138
The Tik Tok from Pete Flint-Murray shows the difference between CCS and AC
Useful for iPace drivers (and others) who were not shown the difference when they got their cars.
Short, sweet and to the point
Great work, Pete
From Episode 139
Back in the dark old days when I made my living flying across Europe and leaving an unimaginable large carbon footprint, I spent many a week in Berlin. This carbon footprint was increased dramatically by the fact that there were only three air lanes into Berlin and you had to fly at a ridiculously low, inefficient altitude as you went over Communist East Germany.
At that time - just as the wall was coming down - I would fly into and out of Berlin’s Tegel Airport. This airport was put in place to supersede Templehof airport which was the site of the Berlin Airlift and had outgrown its current city centre location. In a very circular manner, Templehof is starting to get green credentials now by hosting the Berlin round of the Electric Formula E championship and now, it seems, Tegel is going green, too.
Last year, after Tegel Airport had been replaced by a new international airport at another location, workers started clearing the land for a new project: a neighbourhood built from scratch with the climate in mind.
Some parts of the airport will be reused, with old terminals turned into commercial space for research and offices for startups. But a more-than-100-acre area near where the runway used to sit will be completely reimagined, with 5,000 new apartment homes built in a walkable, bikeable, carbon-neutral neighbourhood with parks, schools, and stores. 
The plans call for wide bike lanes and green spaces. At the edge of the neighbourhood, there will be access to micromobility and existing public transit. The neighbourhood will allow limited access to cars (people who are disabled, for example, will be able to drive up to their buildings), but will otherwise be car-free.
With buildings made from locally sourced wood and an 80% reduction in Co2 emissions for the construction, this looks like a fantastic project.
I’m glad a site with such a huge historic carbon footprint is now starting to give some of that back.
Something To Think About.
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