New figures show that 3,323 electric vehicles (EVs) were sold in Columbus, Ohio over the last three years, exceeding the target of 3,200. Consumer likelihood to purchase an EV also grew by more than 20 percent.
The Electrification Program was developed after Smart Columbus, a public-private smart city initiative led by the City of Columbus and regional business coalition Columbus Partnership, was awarded a US$10 million grant as part of the innovation grants it received as the winner of the US Department of Transportation’s first-ever Smart City Challenge in 2016.
Transitioning 3,323 vehicles to electric is estimated to eliminate around 1,850 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Presenting the country’s plan for moving to low-carbon mobility, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday that Athens will aim for one in three new vehicles to be electric by 2030.
“We are subsidising the purchase of new types of cars with 100 million euros for 18 months at the first stage,” Mitsotakis said. “This is expected to cover 25% of the cost for about 14,000 new electric cars.”
The plan also includes subsidies for the purchase of electric taxis and motorbikes and for setting up charging stations across the country. Drivers of the new vehicles will be also exempted from any parking fees for two years.
The comments are a stark prediction in an industry that frequently downplays the impact of electrification and points to forecasts of rising global oil demand to justify new investment and pipeline expansions.
Canada is the world’s fourth-largest oil producer and the sector accounts for 10.6% of the country’s gross domestic product.
“While Canadian oil and gas will remain a significant part of the global energy mix for some time, we have to take advantage of new opportunities that offer attractive growth prospects,” Suncor CEO Mark Little said in an opinion article for Canada’s Corporate Knights magazine.
Works will start next year. With a total capacity of 32 gigawatt-hour, the factory will consist of four equal modules of 8 gigawatt-hour. The first section is planned to be ready in 2024 and will most likely use existing battery technology, while the others will be developing “the next generation battery cell technology”.
The county of Agder will also give Morrow access to renewable hydropower, while the projected factory is expected to need 2,500 highly skilled workers.
Morrow’s lithium sulfur batteries will use deposed materials from the Norwegian oil industry. The production will then differentiate from today’s usual chain, which requires rare minerals and 97% of which takes place on coal fueled plants in China, Japan and South Korea.
Uber has sent thousands of electric bikes to be recycled for scrap as part of handing operations of their Jump e-bike division to scooter-sharing company Lime. The rideshare giant said it would be too difficult to donate these bikes because of safety and liability concerns. A spokesman told CNBC “the best approach was to responsibly recycle them,” while video posted on Twitter from a North Carolina recycling center shows the candy red bikes being crushed as scrap metal.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is encouraging purchases of light-duty plug-in electric vehicles over 10 years, offering an incentive via its Charge Up New Jersey program.
The NJBPU recently presented the program’s Phase 1 online application providing an incentive up to $5,000 for purchasing the vehicle. The incentive applies to purchases made on or since Jan. 17, 2020, and is provided through the state’s Plug-in Electric Vehicle Incentive Fund.
Gov. Phil Murphy said » “The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, which disproportionately impact low income and environmental justice communities. Incentivizing the transition to electric vehicles is a critical step in reaching our goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050 and building healthier communities across New Jersey.”
Last week, a trade group representing General Motors Co, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Toyota Motor Corp and others sided with the Trump administration on its plan and opposed a legal challenge to further weaken the requirements.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the revised requirements “will increase costs to consumers and allow the emission of dangerous pollutants that directly threaten the health of our communities.”
New York City, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles are joining the challenge by California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and 17 other states.
Separately, 12 environmental groups including the Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists also sued over the rules…
The assessment came as BloombergNEF noted that Australia remains a laggard in the uptake of electric vehicles, which accounted for just 0.7 per cent of total new car sales in 2019, despite a record year inspired by the release of the Tesla Model 3…
He added, “I believe that after coronavirus it would be naive to expect everything to return to normal – to think that consumers will come back into showrooms asking for petrol or diesel cars. And if governments in some way subsidise a return to the old world, it’ll be a waste of money. They should use the money to promote new technology, as they were planning to do before coronavirus.” …