Adventurer plans to drive EV from South Pole to North Pole

April 9, 2021 by  
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When people think of the world’s toughest vehicles, an electric car doesn’t spring to mind. But rugged U.K. adventurer Chris Ramsey is planning to cover 17,000 miles from the South Pole to the magnetic North Pole in electric vehicles . Ramsey has been planning his upcoming journey for four years. The route will take him across 14 countries and three continents, in temperatures expected to range from -30°C to 28°C (-22°F to 82°F). The trip will take an estimated 120 days to complete and will save 29 metric tons of CO2 compared to making this same jaunt in a car with an internal combustion engine. If all goes well, Ramsey will take off on his Pole to Pole adventure in late 2022. Related: Tidal turbines power electric vehicles on Scotland’s Yell Island “Our mission is to show that electric vehicles can tackle the harshest of environments — from the colds of the Poles to the hot and humid jungles of South America,” Ramsey said. “This is the ultimate test of range and durability, and by overcoming these obstacles we aim to prove that EV adoption is a possibility for everyone, while also raising awareness of sustainable lifestyles, conservation projects, and renewable energy innovation along our route.” Ramsey is no newcomer to the EV lifestyle. In 2017, he and his wife Julie were the first people to complete the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally in an electric vehicle. It took them 56 days to drive from the UK to Siberia, passing through 20 countries. Ramsey made the Guinness Book of World Records for greatest distance traveled on an e-bike in 12 hours by peddling 177.81 miles in 2018. Polar specialist Arctic Trucks is preparing the electric expedition vehicles, planning the Arctic and Antarctic routes and providing logistical support. “We acknowledge that battery -based electric vehicles have important hurdles to overcome for use in the extreme cold, a challenge for which we are excited to be a part of developing solutions,” said Arctic Truck chairman Emil Grimsson. “The Polar Regions are very important to us all for a variety of reasons and operations there will only increase. This project will give us important information about how we develop our future vehicles. We’re very excited to be working alongside Chris and his team to offer our support to this timely and unique adventure.” Via The Herald and Clean Technica Image via Matthias

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Cobalt-free batteries will make EVs more affordable

January 18, 2021 by  
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If the high price tag is all that stands between you and your dream Tesla , you might be able to afford one in a few years. Panasonic is working on making new, cobalt-free batteries that will bring down costs and make Tesla vehicles more environmentally friendly. “Two or three years from now, we will be able to introduce a cobalt-free, high energy-density cell,” said Shawn Watanabe, head of energy technology and manufacturing at Panasonic of Japan, during a session at CES 2021 , the world’s largest tech and consumer electronics expo. CES went virtual this year because of the pandemic. Related: Tesla: the real environmental impact Cobalt is used in the cathode — “negatively charged electrode by which electrons enter an electrical device,” according to Dictionary.com — of lithium -ion batteries. While cobalt now accounts for only 5% of the cathode, the material still has a high cost, both in dollars and human suffering. Much of cobalt is mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sometimes via child slavery. Tesla and other companies have found more ethical sources of cobalt elsewhere, but Tesla has been accused of tolerating maiming and deaths of kids in the DRC. Whether or not these claims are substantiated, the less cobalt, the better. “Reducing cobalt makes it harder for us to manufacture, but ultimately does reduce the negative environmental impacts of batteries and reduce the cost,” said Celina Mikolajczak, vice president of battery technology at Panasonic Energy of North America, as reported by Nikkei Asia . Because batteries usually account for 30-40% of an electric vehicle’s cost, and much of that is for cobalt, consumers can expect less expensive cars once the cobalt-free battery becomes the norm. Currently, Teslas range from just under $40,000 for the least expensive Tesla Model 3 to nearly $80,000 for the Model X. Tesla founder Elon Musk announced plans last September to introduce a $25,000 electric vehicle in three years. Via Nikkei Asia and Clean Technica Image via Dylan Scarsone

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By 2035, all new cars sold in Massachusetts must be electric

January 5, 2021 by  
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has released a masterplan for the state that requires all cars produced and sold to be electric come 2035. The plan, dubbed  Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap ,  looks at various factors that contribute to carbon pollution. State administrators noted that cars are major contributors to carbon pollution, and any plan to achieve net-zero emissions must include the eradication of fossil fuel-powered automobiles. In a  press release , the governor highlighted the negative impacts of climate change caused by excessive carbon pollution. “The people of Massachusetts are experiencing record droughts, increased risk of wildfire, severe weather, and flooding in our coastal communities,” Baker said. “The costly impacts of climate change are on display in the Commonwealth, making it critical that we take action.” Related: Solar-powered Lowell Justice Center will be Massachusetts’ first LEED Platinum courthouse Kathleen Theoharides, the state’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, said that achieving net-zero emissions requires efforts from everyone to make the plan successful. “We know that achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050 will require hard work and collaboration across all sectors of the economy,” Theoharides said. The new roadmap “establishes a blueprint that will help us achieve our climate goals in a way that is cost-effective and delivers significant benefits to residents across the Commonwealth, especially those in our most vulnerable communities.” In the report, which was released on December 31, the state has identified key areas of concern to help reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Besides turning to electric cars, the report also outlines a shift from a fossil fuel grid to a renewable energy grid. According to the report, data indicates that low-income homes in the state do not have access to air conditioning as compared to more affluent homes. The plan looks at increasing temperatures due to climate change and notes that all homes will require clean energy to facilitate home air conditioning. Another area of focus will be new buildings. The state plans to prevent emissions from all upcoming buildings with improved building codes and construction policies. Massachusetts now becomes one of the few states with a clear roadmap toward net-zero emissions . However, the bulk of the work still lies in the implementation of the plan. + Mass.gov Via Clean Technica Image via David Mark

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South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade

September 4, 2013 by  
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South Australia already boasts one in five houses with rooftop solar arrays and 27 percent of its power is derived from wind energy. Now figures released last week by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO ) predict that with new sources of wind and solar power in development, the area could produce half of its energy from renewables within the decade. This would make South Australia the first industrialized region to reach such an accomplishment, surpassing other green-power giants like Denmark and Germany. Read the rest of South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , aemo , australia energy market operator , California , clean technica , Denmark , germany , renewable energy , renewable energy target , snowtown wind farm , solar array , Solar Power , south australia        

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