World’s first crewless, fully electric cargo ship to set sail

The world’s first fully autonomous and electric cargo ship will launch on its first commercial operation in Norway later this year, which if successful could transform the highly-polluting shipping industry. Lewin Day discusses latest developments in an article on the Hackaday website.   The World’s First Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship Is Due To Set Sail … Continue reading World’s first crewless, fully electric cargo ship to set sail

“Is there anything morally praiseworthy about driving an electric vehicle?”

It is good to look at our energy and climate transition from various angles. Matthew Scarfone, Postdoctoral Fellow and Moral Philosopher at the University of Toronto, writing on The Conversation website, makes the assumption that driving EVs is generally good for the environment, but that assumption doesn’t show that driving EVs is morally praiseworthy. What … Continue reading “Is there anything morally praiseworthy about driving an electric vehicle?”

The future of EVs in China may look very different to the luxury Tesla cars currently attracting the most attention

Youlin Huang, Assistant Professor in Marketing and Innovation at Zhejiang Gongshang University, David Tyfield, Professor in Sustainable Transitions and Political Economy at Lancaster University, Didier Soopramanien, Reader in Marketing at Loughborough University and Lixian Qian, Associate Professor of Marketing & Innovation at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in an article on The Conversation website discuss the … Continue reading The future of EVs in China may look very different to the luxury Tesla cars currently attracting the most attention

New data from EEA on emissions of newly registered passenger cars and vans in Europe in 2020

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its provisional data about the emissions of newly registered passenger cars and vans in Europe in 2020. For cars, the data show a 12 % decrease in average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, compared with 2019. Average van emissions also decreased slightly, by about 1.5 %.   Sharp decrease … Continue reading New data from EEA on emissions of newly registered passenger cars and vans in Europe in 2020

New rush of European players to build electric car batteries

Obviously, expecting the electric vehicle market to expand dramatically, there are several efforts underway in Europe to build high-volume plants for electric batteries. Maddy Savage discusses latest efforts in an article on the BBC website.   Gigafactories: Europe tools up against US and Asia as a car battery force Surrounded by a forest of tall … Continue reading New rush of European players to build electric car batteries

China is erecting factories for electric cars almost as fast as the rest of the world combined

Fueled with money from Wall Street and local officials, automakers plan to build eight million electric cars a year in China, more than Europe and North America combined. Keith Bradsher discusses latest developments in an article on the New  York Times website.   As Cars Go Electric, China Builds a Big Lead in Factories Xpeng … Continue reading China is erecting factories for electric cars almost as fast as the rest of the world combined

If fast charging networks are built for trucks, then they can beat diesel in terms of cost

Around 7% of global carbon emissions are generated by heavy transportation trucks. Adding extra batteries to carry the bigger loads just doesn't add up financially is the view for electric trucks. But a new study from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), says that we are looking at the issue the wrong way round. Matt McGrath … Continue reading If fast charging networks are built for trucks, then they can beat diesel in terms of cost

Electric vehicle company has launched a “moonshot” goal of launching the world’s first carbon neutral car by the end of the decade

Polestar, the electric car brand owned by Volvo wants the car to hit the market by the end of the decade as the world’s first carbon neutral car by the end of the decade. Madeleine Cuff discusses latest developments in an article on the inews website.   Polestar promises to create the world’s first carbon … Continue reading Electric vehicle company has launched a “moonshot” goal of launching the world’s first carbon neutral car by the end of the decade

One way to reduce transport emissions relatively quickly, and potentially globally, is to swap cars for cycling, e-biking and walking

There is growing awareness that a new approach to travel is seriously needed. This is particularly true because transport is one of the most challenging sectors to decarbonise due to its heavy fossil fuel use and reliance on carbon-intensive infrastructure. Christian Brand, Associate Professor in Transport, Energy & Environment, Transport Studies Unit at the University … Continue reading One way to reduce transport emissions relatively quickly, and potentially globally, is to swap cars for cycling, e-biking and walking

Manufacturers fight to source the exotic materials needed to produce batteries for electric vehicles

Shortage of key materials and rising demand for batteries prompt urgent calls for action to avoid supply issues. Alan Tovey discusses the issues in an article on The Telegraph website.   Electric car rush drives rare earths arms race Car companies’ rush to go all-electric is likely to drive an arms race between manufacturers as … Continue reading Manufacturers fight to source the exotic materials needed to produce batteries for electric vehicles