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Columbus, Ohio government is helping residents switch to EVs

Sarah Wray / Cities Today »

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.

Greece unveiled tax incentives to boost the use of electric cars, as part of its 10-year climate plan for lower carbon emissions

Reuters »

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.

Suncor Energy’s CEO » The shift to electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies could disrupt crude oil demand on a similar scale to the coronavirus pandemic

Jeff Lewis / Reuters »

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.

Related » James S Murray / Business Green » If all cars were electric, UK carbon emissions would drop by 12 per cent

Norwegian company Morrow Batteries will build a new battery factory to “revolutionize battery production and establish a more sustainable supply to European car makers”

Emanuela Barbiroglio / Forbes »

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.

More » electrive

Uber sends thousands of Jump e-bikes to the crusher

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In a twist of un-environmentally friendly irony, Uber has decided to send thousands of Jump hire bikes straight to the dump because it says it’s too complicated to give them away.

Jen Diaz / Engadget »

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.

More » The Verge

New Jersey launches incentive for light-duty plug-in electric vehicles

Douglas Clark / Transportation Today »

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.”

23 U.S. states sue White House administration over fuel efficiency rollback

Lawsuit seeks to restore emissions reductions needed to achieve economic, public health, and climate goals.

David Shepardson / Reuters »

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…

More » CNET, The Verge, Carscoops, Vanity Fair, The Detroit Bureau

Electric car registrations in Britain grew more than 160 percent in 2019, while diesel car registrations were down for first time in 25 years

Richard Aucock / Motoring Research »

Plug-in hybrid numbers grew, too.

However, electric car sales need to rise even more rapidly if the UK is to meet its 2050 net zero carbon emissions target, warns the Transport Research Laboratory.

Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo, believes an post-coronavirus subsidies for non-EVs would be a waste

Volvo V60

Volvo V60

John McIlroy / Auto Express »

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.” …

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