The Green Production Guide helps Hollywood reduce its footprint

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Hollywood may not come to mind first when considering climate impacts, but feature films require enormous amounts of building materials, energy and travel. To address this, the Green Production Guide helps movie studios find sustainable solutions. Everything from catering to set design can help production companies reduce their environmental impact. What climate difference does a movie make? Movie production can be made more eco-friendly. In fact, sustainable film production not only helps the environment but is also good for the studio’s bottom line. According to Forbes and The Hollywood Reporter, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”   saved $400,000 by focusing on sustainability. The wardrobe department started a recycling program and sourced textiles from farmer’s markets. Over 49 tons of materials were recovered from the movie’s sets for donation or reuse. Catering donated 5,862 extra meals to local shelters. The set also used biodegradable snow and water-based smoke. Reducing plastic water bottle usage and opting for eco-friendly detergents also boosted production’s sustainable goals. Overall, these measures resulted in a total of 52% waste diversion from landfills, making “Spider-Man 2” the most sustainably produced and financially successful film in Sony’s history. Other studios are now considering ways to make their productions more sustainable , but it can be challenging to set up a system that catches all possible areas of improvement and tracks the results. That’s where the Green Production Guide can help. How the Green Production Guide helps make movies sustainable The Green Production Guide Toolkit is divided into sections for ease of use. They include a sustainable practices checklist, carbon footprint calculator, and worksheets to reduce plywood, food and material usage or track donations of overages. Also included are infographics, further resources and awards programs that recognize sustainability in film. The Sustainable Practices Checklist:  The PEACH (Production Environmental Actions Checklist) & PEACH+ (with added measures) include practices that each department can implement throughout production. Go through the document with each department during planning, then again at wrap to track achievements. The PEACH also serves as an application for an Environmental Media Association Green Seal (just save and send to  EMA  to apply). The Carbon Footprint Calculator:  The PEAR (Production Environmental Accounting Report) is a tool to measure the environmental impact of your production based on the energy used in offices and on stages, the fuel used in vehicles and generators, and the emissions from air travel and accommodations. The PEAR can also report on waste, donations and other environmentally-impactful purchases like water bottles, plywood and paper. The Plywood Tracking Worksheet:  The PLUM (Production Lumber Material) worksheet tracks your plywood usage, primarily focusing on Lauan/Meranti to ensure sustainable sourcing. You can track how much plywood production uses and where it comes from. Food and Materials Donations:  Often, reducing waste can also mean giving back to the local community. Explore the guide’s resources for donating excess food or set materials. Impact can be tracked by reducing waste and also by how much positive impact your production has on the community. Green is the new normal Onset, sustainable practices can become the new norm. Craft services can reduce and recycle single-use plastic containers used to feed and hydrate the cast and crew. Sustainable and reduced travel can lower production’s carbon footprint, with green screens and post-production technology filling the gap to diversify filming locations. While most costumes, sets and temporary quarters are discarded or used only for short periods on movie sets, production companies explore sustainable practices to support climate action and help their bottom line. Donations, reusing costumes, recycling, green travel practices, technology and even reducing studios’ post-production energy can help movies become more profitable and sustainable. If you’re looking for ways to make your set more sustainable, check out the Green Production Guide. The “Getting Started” presentation includes tools to create a timeline for tracking sustainability practices through production and offers calculators for everything from water and fuel usage to lumber and commercial air miles. The goal is to help production companies track and reduce the usage of precious resources while budgeting for less expensive productions. Even if you start with small changes, these resources can make a difference and reduce wasted production expenses. With time, these standards could become the new normal for Hollywood studios. + Green Production Guide Via Forbes Images via Pexels

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Hollywood may not come to mind first when considering climate impacts, but feature films require enormous amounts of building materials, energy and travel. To address this, the Green Production Guide helps movie studios find sustainable solutions. Everything from catering to set design can help production companies reduce their environmental impact. What climate difference does a movie make? Movie production can be made more eco-friendly. In fact, sustainable film production not only helps the environment but is also good for the studio’s bottom line. According to Forbes and The Hollywood Reporter, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”   saved $400,000 by focusing on sustainability. The wardrobe department started a recycling program and sourced textiles from farmer’s markets. Over 49 tons of materials were recovered from the movie’s sets for donation or reuse. Catering donated 5,862 extra meals to local shelters. The set also used biodegradable snow and water-based smoke. Reducing plastic water bottle usage and opting for eco-friendly detergents also boosted production’s sustainable goals. Overall, these measures resulted in a total of 52% waste diversion from landfills, making “Spider-Man 2” the most sustainably produced and financially successful film in Sony’s history. Other studios are now considering ways to make their productions more sustainable , but it can be challenging to set up a system that catches all possible areas of improvement and tracks the results. That’s where the Green Production Guide can help. How the Green Production Guide helps make movies sustainable The Green Production Guide Toolkit is divided into sections for ease of use. They include a sustainable practices checklist, carbon footprint calculator, and worksheets to reduce plywood, food and material usage or track donations of overages. Also included are infographics, further resources and awards programs that recognize sustainability in film. The Sustainable Practices Checklist:  The PEACH (Production Environmental Actions Checklist) & PEACH+ (with added measures) include practices that each department can implement throughout production. Go through the document with each department during planning, then again at wrap to track achievements. The PEACH also serves as an application for an Environmental Media Association Green Seal (just save and send to  EMA  to apply). The Carbon Footprint Calculator:  The PEAR (Production Environmental Accounting Report) is a tool to measure the environmental impact of your production based on the energy used in offices and on stages, the fuel used in vehicles and generators, and the emissions from air travel and accommodations. The PEAR can also report on waste, donations and other environmentally-impactful purchases like water bottles, plywood and paper. The Plywood Tracking Worksheet:  The PLUM (Production Lumber Material) worksheet tracks your plywood usage, primarily focusing on Lauan/Meranti to ensure sustainable sourcing. You can track how much plywood production uses and where it comes from. Food and Materials Donations:  Often, reducing waste can also mean giving back to the local community. Explore the guide’s resources for donating excess food or set materials. Impact can be tracked by reducing waste and also by how much positive impact your production has on the community. Green is the new normal Onset, sustainable practices can become the new norm. Craft services can reduce and recycle single-use plastic containers used to feed and hydrate the cast and crew. Sustainable and reduced travel can lower production’s carbon footprint, with green screens and post-production technology filling the gap to diversify filming locations. While most costumes, sets and temporary quarters are discarded or used only for short periods on movie sets, production companies explore sustainable practices to support climate action and help their bottom line. Donations, reusing costumes, recycling, green travel practices, technology and even reducing studios’ post-production energy can help movies become more profitable and sustainable. If you’re looking for ways to make your set more sustainable, check out the Green Production Guide. The “Getting Started” presentation includes tools to create a timeline for tracking sustainability practices through production and offers calculators for everything from water and fuel usage to lumber and commercial air miles. The goal is to help production companies track and reduce the usage of precious resources while budgeting for less expensive productions. Even if you start with small changes, these resources can make a difference and reduce wasted production expenses. With time, these standards could become the new normal for Hollywood studios. + Green Production Guide Via Forbes Images via Pexels

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New DISSOLVE pods help cut down on plastic waste

April 15, 2022 by  
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As part of its efforts to reduce plastic waste, SC Johnson announced its new  DISSOLVE™ Concentrated Pods  in its Windex®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and fantastik® brands in the U.S. Combined with a refillable bottle, the company says this system will use 94% less  plastic  per refill. To use these products, you drop one concentrated pod into the empty bottle, add warm water, twist on the spray top, and then shake until the pod dissolves. This sounds like a big improvement over throwing an empty plastic pod in the  landfill . Related: HP moves toward 100% plastic free with Choose Packaging “Plastic  waste  is one of the great environmental challenges we face today, and at SC Johnson we have a responsibility to help reduce waste and provide more sustainable product choices for consumers,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Since launching our first concentrated refill more than a decade ago, we have continued to develop products that enable people to reduce even more plastic in their everyday routines.” Consumers can buy a starter kit, which includes concentrated pods and a reusable, 100% recyclable trigger bottle, or a la carte refill pods. The new pods are for sale now on Amazon and at brick and mortar retailers nationwide such as Target, Meijer and  Walmart . The Racine,  Wisconsin -based company has a whole list of waste-reducing initiatives, including increasing the amount of post-consumer recycled plastic from its current 19% to 25% of product packaging by 2025 and making 100% of its plastic packaging recyclable. SC Johnson’s Ecover® brand has been testing a refill station concept in the U.K., Belgium and the Netherlands. If you try the new pods, remember that they are full of concentrated  chemicals  that are harmful if you eat them or get them on your skin. Be sure to keep this product away from kids who might be intrigued by a sapphire blue Windex pod, or dogs who will chew on anything. Via SC Johnson Images via SC Johnson

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Veev takes environmental approach to modular home building

April 5, 2022 by  
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Veev offers an innovative and solutions-oriented homebuilding platform. It revolves around Veev’s proprietary prefabbed panels that facilitate modular construction. The process allows homes to be completed faster with almost no waste throughout the manufacturing process. “Traditional construction has taken a significant toll on the  environment  and Veev is striving to be an outlier,” Veev Homebuilders stated. Related: These prefabricated tiny homes are earthquake- and fire-resistant  Because Veev wall panels are produced in a highly-automated factory, design changes are made through digital files rather than waste on the production floor. Each wall is fabricated with integrated electricity, plumbing, light and sensors, so they are ready for installation without additional subcontractors and time delays.  Veev handles the entire build process for customers, providing expertise in asset management, architectural & structural design, permitting, full modular build, installation and a digital home package. In addition to convenience and  minimal site impact , Veev homes come with a host of energy-efficient features. The company is transparent in its dedication to sustainable building practices — a rarity in the otherwise notably dirty construction industry.  Veev is so committed to environmentally-friendly materials selection and processes up and down the supply chain that it commissioned an independent review of its sustainability efforts. The full sustainability report on their construction process was third-party verified by Ecometrica. The results were based on a review of a recently-completed home and a comparison to traditional-built homes.  The study analyzed embodied and operational carbon emissions by reviewing material selection, waste disposal and estimated energy consumption over the lifespan of the home, among other measurements. Results showed an overall 47% CO2e reduction, waste diversion rates greater than 95%, and 38.6% lower CO2 impact.  Veev has set goals to reduce its homes’ carbon footprint by an additional 25% in 2022. The company also recently joined the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. To keep carbon emissions low, Veev relies on vendors who provide  recycled steel . The use of light gauge steel (LGS) for the structural framing of the walls is a lightweight option that allows for a highly precise finish. Steel also resists issues with moisture, pests, fire, water and earthquake damage.  Another innovative product called high-performance surface (HPS) is used to clad walls, counters, exteriors and more. It offers durability, doesn’t fade, and is antimicrobial and easy to maintain.  All Veev homes are equipped with a digital system that allows owners to easily manage air quality, energy consumption, and  water  conservation. + Veev Images via Veev

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Native Root Coffee supports Indigenous Colombian farmers

April 5, 2022 by  
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Coffee is a ubiquitous part of modern society. It’s the language of love, community, culture and history. While it’s omnipresent, we often fail to consider its origins or the journey required to deliver the hot cup of morning Joe. The idea is simple — produce a quality product while paying fair wages. Yet somewhere along the line, coffee commerce, like most industries , became more about profits than people. Native Root Coffee set out to change that. Related: Coffee prices spike, thanks to climate change   Native Root Coffee Company founder Ervin Liz has always had his finger on the pulse of the market. Raised surrounded by the industry as a third-generation coffee maker, Liz not only has a deep understanding of how the coffee is grown and prepared but also appreciates the impact and benefit of the industry’s demands on growers.  With an emphasis on paying growers fair wages, Native Root Coffee works directly with Indigenous Colombian farmers. This helps remove the middlemen between the  plants  and the production.  According to Native Root, “It’s estimated that the average U.S. coffee drinker consumes 2-3 cups per day and that last year alone, Americans consumed an estimated 3.3 billion pounds of coffee alone.” While this mass consumption requires mass production, Native Root doesn’t focus on quantity. Instead, the company underscores the importance of building relationships with small-scale farmers. The relationship is two-sided, with farmers providing batch beans and Native Root providing payment 10-15% higher than average. In addition, the process allows for a high level of traceability, so every bag of coffee can be traced back to the actual farm and farmers who nurtured and harvested it.  It’s a connection to the cup and a link between the consumer and grower. Native Root also grows its own beans, but it continues to rely on supply from nearby farms to directly contribute to an improved quality of life for those farmers and the community. As a third-generation Nasa Indigenous coffee farmer, Liz has a passion for the industry and wants to see Colombian coffee continue to develop a rich history while providing a living wage for working families. This connection between farmers and consumers fulfills the company’s mission to make drinking coffee a more meaningful experience — not only through a better understanding of the source but also in the production of quality, small-batch, craft coffee selections.  The Native Root website features an interactive quiz that helps identify a roast that will match your preferences. Simply select your preferred boldness, taste profile and interest in trying something new, and they’ll recommend an option for you. The company also offers a 20% discount on your first order, a free sample bag with a promo code, various subscription options and gift cards.  Review of Native Root Coffee The company offered to send me a sample bag, so I let them make a selection for me based on my tastes. The Ember River blend arrived quickly and packaged without plastic in recyclable and biodegradable materials. The sample was a generous 12 oz. bag, so I’ve had several opportunities to try it using both drip and French press processes. I’ll admit, I’m pretty much a coffee snob. I mention it because, like all food and drinks , opinions are subjective. So for reference, my preference is for a dark and complex roast with low acidity. My family drinks a lot of coffee, always prepared via ceramic drip or French press. We are even members of a monthly subscription that delivers small-batch, sustainably-sourced coffees from small roasters. So I feel qualified to offer a comparison of the Native Root brand and am happy to announce I have already ordered more so I can try different flavors. Everything about it is uplifting, from the packaging that proudly shares the company’s story and mission to the PR code right on the front of the package with a link to find out more about the farmers who grew the beans in the bag.  Perusing the website, I found that Native Root currently offers five coffee options. Ember River is one of the two darkest selections, labeled as medium-dark. The flavor is smooth and almost creamy in texture. I immediately picked up cherry on the nose and in the first sip. It’s a balanced flavor and not overbearing. I found it interesting to sample the coffee alongside different foods . With cheese rice crackers, the cherry flavor was muted and the hazelnut shined. Similarly, I thought pears would mask the coffee profile, but it proved to be a delightful match, perhaps highlighting the raw sugar cane flavors.  + Native Root Coffee Images via Native Root Coffee and Dawn Hammon Editor’s Note: This product review is not sponsored by Native Root Coffee. All opinions on the products and company are the author’s own.

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Massproductions chair is slow furniture at its finest

March 7, 2022 by  
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Massproductions founders created a slow furniture company that looks not only at style and functionality, but how furniture will last in the long run. The company is sustainable from the design to the production to the shipping. And their 4PM chair takes this idea to the next level, creating a comfortable chaise lounge chair with connected foot rest. “We are in no rush here at Massproductions, because being slow is not necessarily a bad thing,” the designers said. “At Massproductions, we take pride in thinking twice before releasing a new piece of furniture onto the market. Even if that means that we develop only a few products every year.” Related: This outdoor furniture line uses upcycled rice hulls that outperform wood Massproductions created a new service called the Face Lift Network, a recommended group of upholsterers in 12 different markets . The idea is to encourage customers to find help locally for their furniture repairs and keep them from throwing away usable furniture. As a result, Massproductions created a series called The Crown Jewels. They took eight worn Crown Armchairs and commissioned four artists to reinterpret and restore the chairs. The company will continue to partner with artists to create art pieces out of used furniture, showing the value and beauty in repurposing old furniture. In late 2020, Massproductions began to account for the CO2 emissions of their full product line. This process is a partnership with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology “to develop a tool for identifying the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of our furniture. Three aspects of the production process were identified as emission contributors: materials, electricity and transport,” according to their website. Massproductions continued this work together with the Danish company MALBAR to fully green the entire production line. What could take this one step further? Founder Chris Martin wanted to create a comfortable chaise lounge that fits in a public environment, without unnecessary upholstery that would eventually need to be replaced. Martin chose to upholster only the headrest, leaving the rest of the chair in an ergonomic shape that would still provide comfort. The 4PM chair comes in Douglas fir and cherry. It also has both curved and flat surfaces, with a narrow footrest portion to allow the user’s feet to fit comfortably off the sides as needed. The footrest is also horizontal to serve as a seating area of its own or as a table surface. It’s a multi-purpose design that creates a long-lasting seating option for even heavily-trafficked areas. Easy to clean, you won’t have to throw it away after a few years of heavy use. The leather headrest is adjustable and held in place by an enclosed steel weight. So whether it’s for your own home or a public space, the 4PM chair or any of Massproductions’ products will create a sustainable furniture option. + Massproductions Images via Massproductions

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Wheat bran from pasta 3D prints into product displays

March 3, 2022 by  
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Full-circle can mean a lot of things — some good and some not so good. In the case of GREENFILL3D, an additive manufacturing solutions company, it means using waste from the production process to create a product display to market those goods.  In collaboration with Maspex, one of Europe’s largest food producers, the Polish-based GREENFILL3D collects waste wheat bran from pasta production. The wheat bran is then sifted and dried to a precise measurement. Once prepped, the wheat bran is combined with polylactic acid, commonly known as PLA, to develop a filament used in 3D printing .  Related: Zero waste homes are 3D printed in less than 24 hours PLA is an increasingly common plastic substitute made from plant materials such as corn and starch. PLA’s sustainability aspect is questionable due to the amount of water and resources required to grow the plants . However, the final product is fully biodegradable and one of the best options we currently have against the toxic flood of plastic.  The PLA/wheat bran (20%) combo filament, called GF3D Branfill3d, is then fed into 40 3D printers to create POS (point of sale) display stands for the pasta. The stand is durable, but not overly rigid, and its modular design can accommodate future expansion with additional units.  “It is filled with wheat bran, which gives it a unique surface finish and scent of baked bread . The scent also persists on finished 3D prints,” the company said. The idea is in alignment with modern goals of zero-waste , using a waste by-product to upcycle a new product. The fun marketing aspect of this particular project is then using the new product to advertise the “mother” product.  “The result is an advertising stand presenting food products, which was created based on the remains of the same food material,” GREENFILL3D said. “Production wastes – instead of being thrown away or disposed of, were used to produce common tools to support sales.” GREENFILL3D completed the first prototype in December, which will show up in stores soon. The company is looking into other uses for the GF3D Branfill3d, including automotive, interior design and industrial applications.  + GREENFILL3D Images via GREENFILL3D

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20 new electric vehicles driving onto the scene in 2022

November 29, 2021 by  
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Technology is advancing at the speed of light. Fortunately, some of that innovative effort is being funneled into more efficient and more appealing electric vehicles . As the new year approaches, production lines are rolling out a variety of new options at all ends of the electric vehicle spectrum, from luxury rides, to trucks, to recreational vehicles.  Audi E-tron GT The 2022 Audi E-tron GT shares some body-style characteristics with the notable Porsche Taycan. Along with the sporty look, the dual electric motors crank out a combined output of 469 horsepower. There’s also a higher-performance Audi RS E-tron GT that shows up with 637 horsepower. EPA fuel-economy is pending, but is estimated to come in at around 232 to 238 miles. Related: Kalk anti-poaching e-bikes join the battle in the African bush Audi Q4 E-tron Not quite as expensive as the Q5, the Audi Q4 E-tron gives an option for those seeking a compact luxury SUV . The rear-wheel drive Q4 40 offers a single electric motor and 201 horsepower while the Q4 50 has two electric engines with a combined 295 horsepower output. There is also a Sportback model to consider.  BMW i4 The all-new electric vehicle by BMW offers the identifiable style of the Gran Coupe and a distinctive front grille with a base model in the eDrive40 and a dual-motor all-wheel drive in the M50. Range estimates predict 245 to 300 miles.  Bollinger B1 and B2 Some vehicles just make a statement and the long-anticipated Bollinger models are expected to deliver on that front. Love them or hate them, customers have been waiting through production delays, so we may see some roll out by the end of 2022.  These rugged beasts mirror the days of the classic Land Rover, yet aim to deliver 200 miles of range without the environmental impact. It’s exciting to see the EV world moving offroad, as well as addressing improved performance such as towing and hauling. The B2 is expected to handle a 7,500 lbs tow and have a payload capacity of 5,000 pounds.  Cadillac Lyriq This isn’t your grandparents’ Cadillac . In fact, the Lyriq is an SUV built for a new generation of modern EV enthusiasts that have been considering the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-Tron. In addition to the comforts one would expect from a Cadillac, the Lyriq promises to deliver a 300 mile range. The company just began taking orders with a deposit to hold your place in the production line. Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle Let’s have some fun. This is the 2022 version of the original Volkswagen van, with a much greener design . Canoo is set to launch next year and is promoting it as a multi-purpose rig that can haul or accommodate sleepovers. The starting price is approachable at $34,750 and estimates 250 miles of range.  2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV It’s new, yet familiar. That’s because it’s basically a longer version of the widely successful Bolt . It’s a crossover SUV with front-wheel drive and an estimated 247 miles of range. Ford F-150 Lightning Truck lovers unite on Ford’s F-150 Lightning . The EV market started with small cars, so the fact that we’re finally moving into mainstream options for big rigs in the EV world will open the doors to an entirely new customer base. While it looks like the much beloved F-150, this full-size crew-cab truck comes in several trim options at different price points. There will be two battery options that provide 230 to 300 miles of range.  Fisker Ocean Now we even have entirely new companies joining the party too. Fisker was founded in 2016, so they’re likely just as excited as consumers to see the first model roll out next year. There aren’t many details yet, but it’s one to watch. Ford E-Transit When you need to haul cargo or passengers, the Ford E-transit can meet the demands without the carbon emission waste . Although it only offers a 126-mile range, Ford anticipates the E-Transit will offer an option for companies to make deliveries on regular routes with lower impact.  Genesis GV60 Adding to the slightly less-luxury-class of the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 , the GV60 hatchback will provide another option and will offer a variety of models and trims. GMC Hummer EV Pickup The easily identifiable GMC Hummer EV Pickup makes a statement in its massive composure, yet leaves behind a small footprint. The off-road design will take you places and the three electric motors will haul a load. However, you’ll have to get on a waitlist for this one or wait for other trims to be released next year.  Hyundai Ioniq 5 The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an EV with many of the features you’d expect from the brand, but an entirely new exterior. The rollout may be sooner than expected as it may even hit the market before the end of 2021. There are a variety of trims and models with ranges from 244 to 300 miles. Kia EV6 Comparable to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in many ways, the Kia EV6 brings battery options to an SUV-hatchback with a range up to 300 miles.  Lucid Air If you think Tesla is the only brand offering a sleek electric sedan, check out the much-anticipated Lucid Air. Not only will it bring a high-score for visual appeal, but it’s likely to set a new standard for energy-efficiency with a range estimate of 451 to 520 miles. Mazda MX-30 Another recognizable automaker is entering the EV market with Mazda’s MX-30 hatchback . The range is low at 100 miles and it will initially only be released in California, but we look forward to future redesigns.  Mercedes-Benz EQB and EQS What could be better than Mercedes-Benz quality blended with environment-loving EV technology? The fact there are two models to choose from. In fact, M-B plans to roll out a host of new electric SUVs and sedans over the next few years. The EQS carries a hefty price tag at around $100,000, but the EQB offers more affordability at half the price. While they work on a longer range, for a rig this size, the estimated 260 miles is worth consideration.  Rivian R1T Like we said, it’s fun to see EV trucks compete in the market. The all-new, fully-electric Rivian R1T brings four electric motors and notable ground clearance, so it’s suited for off-road action or a trip to the store. The range estimate is 316 miles.  Subaru Solterra Here again, we have yet another identifiable name with a first-time EV release. The Subaru Solterra has been a long time coming and will offer standard with all-wheel drive.  Volvo C40 Recharge Finally, at the end of the alphabet we have Volvo ’s first 100% EV. The all-wheel drive and dual motors offer a ride of 210 miles between charges. Via JD Power and Business Insider Lead images via Pexels

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GM scales up EV fleet support infrastructure

July 21, 2021 by  
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GM scales up EV fleet support infrastructure Liz Morrison Wed, 07/21/2021 – 02:00 Electrifying delivery vehicles is no longer a race predominantly amongst startups. In the past year, big-name OEMs have revealed plans for an entire lineup of new battery-electric commercial vehicles — ranging from Ford’s unveiling of the 2022 E-Transit to Mercedes-Benz’s announcement that eSprinter is heading to the U.S. market . As for General Motors, there has been a flurry of announcements this year (no surprise given its commitment to invest $35 billion into EVs and autonomous through 2025 ). It began In January, with GM CEO Mary Barra presenting both a new business unit called BrightDrop and the EV600 at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show  (as well as the electric pallet, the EP1 ). Just three months later, GM built on this by announcing the Ultium Charge 360 , an integrated platform for EV users to easily access charging stations and services. Now in July, the latest news is that of the expansion of the Ultium Charge 360 for fleets .  Last week, I attended a conference call with Alex Keros, lead architect of EV infrastructure for GM, leading up to the announcement. What I learned is that GM is clearly doing its homework. On the call, Keros stated that his team had spoken to literally hundreds of customers about what kinds of services they need to help accelerate their path to electrification and identified infrastructure as the pain point and obstacle for adoption. With Ultium 360, GM aims to tackle some gaps in infrastructure that inhibit widespread EV fleet adoption. So what is the Ultium Charge 360 fleet service, and why is this so innovative? Basically, it is a comprehensive software platform that allows new and existing fleet customers to identify providers, tools and solutions required to plan, finance, deploy and operate charging infrastructure in fleet yards and depots. In terms of its innovation, quite simply, GM appears to be the first to integrate its commercial electric production line with advanced connective support for users — which could very well be the reason GM has pushed up the production start date of the EV600 and has doubled the amount it expects to build.  Amongst the solutions being offered by the Ultium Charge 360 fleet service are:  Fleet and facility management tools  Integration with both GM’s fleet management solution, OnStar Vehicle Insights, and the BrightDrop fleet and asset management platform   Support for a wide range of fleet segments, including delivery, sales, utilities and motor pool  Users of the service will be able to customize plans and select from preferred providers for their fleet electrification needs in the United States and Canada. Providers offering access to on-the-go and depot charging include eTransEnergy , In-Charge Energy , Schneider Electric and EVgo ( whose stock price leapt following the partnership announcement last week). Additionally, Irvine, California-based Qmerit will provide in-home installations for fleet drivers, making charging more accessible for a range of fleet applications.  It’s really exciting to see this kind of investment into scaling the infrastructure that fleet managers need to transition to commercial electric vehicles. GM may be making waves with these announcements, but Volvo, Daimler and others are close on its heels  — which I count as a good thing for everyone. [ Want more great analysis of electric and sustainable transport? Sign up for Transport Weekly , our free email newsletter. ] Topics Transportation & Mobility Electric Vehicles Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 0 Sponsored Article Off Courtesy of GM Close Authorship

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Volvo will only sell electric cars starting in 2019

July 5, 2017 by  
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In just two years, every Volvo vehicle rolling off the production line will be electric. Volvo has announced that starting in 2019, every model it sells will have some sort of electrification – either in the form of a mild-hybrid system, a plug-in hybrid or a fully-electric powertrain. The news marks a significant change for a major automaker, and it follows Volvo’s announcement last month that its Polestar brand will become a standalone high-performance EV brand. Volvo will introduce a full lineup of electrified vehicles across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars and 48-volt mild-hybrid cars. Related: Volvo will introduce an electric car by 2019 – and it could have a 325-mile driving range “This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.” Volvo currently offers plug-in hybrid versions of models like the XC90 and S90, but there aren’t any fully-electric models in its lineup. Volvo will introduce three new electric cars between 2019 and 2021, while the Polestar brand will introduce an additional two models during the same time period. “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said Mr Samuelsson. “ Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.” Images @Volvo + Volvo

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