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  1. April sales figures are in for electric vehicle models in 10 European countries — Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark. The site EU-EVs.com have pulled the figures together, and I’ve created some charts of the April and January–April figures for this article. The biggest news in April was that the […]
  2. ExxonMobil used tobacco industry messaging strategies to shift responsibility for climate change away from itself and onto consumers, despite its knowledge of the harms caused by its product, a new study from Harvard researchers found. Using computer learning to analyze 40 years of ExxonMobil climate materials, researchers found a “quantitative discrepancy” between the company’s internal […]
  3. The following is part fact (Michelin CrossClimate+ data) and part fiction (feature request hint to Tesla), and just my way of getting boring information across in a hopefully not so boring way. Mr. Me: me. Colin: 2019 Model 3 Long Range RWD named after a small security guard robot in Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide […]
  4. Courtesy of NRDC. By Alex Jackson Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his administration’s revised budget today, known colloquially as the May Revise, culminating a weeklong tour to promote a “$100 billion California Comeback Plan.” The budget includes unprecedented funding for essential state needs, such as combatting homelessness, offering utility debt relief for low-income households, expanding...
  5. Connecticut EV owners are still fighting for their right to buy EVs in their state. Recently, I reported on how local dealerships were doing their best to get the bill blocked. Yesterday, Rivian showed up to lend more support. The EV Club of Connecticut and the Tesla Owners Club of Connecticut shared their experiences. Had […]
  6. Courtesy of NRDC. By Max Baumhefner & Dylan Sullivan  Nevada is considering legislation that would help the state drive on cleaner, cheaper electricity. Senate Bill (SB) 448 (Brooks) would speed the approval of transmission lines needed to move low-cost, renewable electricity across the region and would accelerate the deployment of cars, trucks, and buses fueled by that clean electricity....
  7. Courtesy of Union Of Concerned Scientists. By Karen Perry Stillerman, Senior Analyst, Food & Environment Long a joke in federal policy circles, Infrastructure Week is actually upon us. Since President Biden revealed his infrastructure plan (aka the American Jobs Plan) earlier this spring, we’ve heard a lot of opinions about what is, and isn’t, infrastructure. Now I’ll add my hot take: Soil...
  8. A recent death in California shows us that “autonowashing” can kill people. A lot of freedom comes with Autopilot, but with that freedom comes responsibility. As a community, we can do a lot better. (Note: Since this article was published, the California Highway Patrol walked back their strong statement saying Autopilot was active during the […]
  9. Courtesy of Union Of Concerned Scientists. By Elizabeth Irvin On May 20th, CARB will vote on the Clean Miles Standard, a first-of-its-kind regulation that would require ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to electrify their fleets by 2030. If approved, the Clean Miles Standard would cut pollution in cities across California by requiring that 90% of ride-hailing […]
  10. Courtesy of Union Of Concerned Scientists. By Samantha Houston This blog post was written with substantial input from Alyssa Tsuchiya. On Friday, a Minnesota administrative law judge ruled the state can proceed with finalizing new clean car standards that will give Minnesotans more control over air quality improvements and progress toward the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, as well...
  11. For ease of thinking, I use 1 BGF (battery gigafactory) as unit of production capacity. This refers to the original planned size of the first Tesla battery gigafactory in Nevada. Plans change and factory sizes change and our realization of what is needed changes. But that first shockingly gigantic factory that could produce more than […]
  12. Editor’s note: Well, this is surprising, and interesting. The news about this oil pipeline shutdown seems to get weirder by the day. Here’s the latest (as far as I’ve seen). Colonial Pipeline operators made the proactive choice to shut down the 5,500-mile pipeline, setting off gas shortages, panic, and chaos up and down the East […]
  13. Volkswagen and Argo.AI intend to begin real-world testing of the ID. Buzz equipped with Level 4 autonomy before the end of 2021.
  14. Federal officials expect climate-fueled heat and drought to drive a Western fire season at least as bad as last year, if not worse. “Starting in the Southwest and moving throughout the Western part of the United States, we’re seeing a higher level of risk, and an earlier level of risk, than we’ve seen in the […]
  15. The promise of marine energy is seemingly boundless — and thanks to a recently upgraded tool powered by new high-resolution data sets, users can pinpoint promising sites. Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) resource characterization team and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office, the Marine Energy...