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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #465 on: October 18, 2018, 02:51:42 pm »
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Groupe PSA Braves Emissions Hell With Pure Electric Citroen

October 18th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart

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The Groupe PSA, which includes Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, and Vauxhall, has had its hands full after acquiring Opel and Vauxhall. The transition hasn’t been as smooth as expected and now the company is facing legacy emission problems after a fiery French newspaper revelation.

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https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/18/groupe-psa-braves-emissions-hell-with-pure-electric-citroen/

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In the end, it seems that what motivates giant corporations to make the right decision in line with society’s best interest is not to do the “right thing” nor to be part of the solution, but how much money they stand to lose by pursuing a given direction.

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Nicholas you need to read this article.

Europe's love affair with diesel cars has been a disaster

The original impetus to launch Diesel big time for cars was that after the first oil crisis B&W launched motor technology for the shipping industry that could run on the cheaper and filthier bunker oil. This made Diesel an excess fraction.

Big oil rounded the car industry and EU up and they all agreed to launch Diesel for cars as a way to support big oil.

All European countries kept Diesel taxation down and Diesel for touted as more efficient and thus environmentally benign than gasoline.

Also to further press Diesel car technology down the throat of the ordinary car buyers the new car taxation began to be tied to CO2 emissions, which as everybody now knows are never really attainable in real life.

Along the way EU also imposed a demand for catalyzers. They do not function at all for most trips and they rarely last for mere than 100.000 km, so most driving are done with no effect from the catalyzers say for the benign effect for big oil that the catalyzer increase consumption by 10%.

EU has systematically rigged the scene for big oil and the car industry have been happy with the going of things in lieu with the fact that there never where any serious EU investigation going on regarding emissions so they could meet the emission standards with phony software and get permission for not meeting standards below certain ambient temperature (17 degrees Celsius).

Now the car industry is upset that they are to blame while all the time everybody else have been in on the plot.

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Thank you 💐 Jense Stubbe.

   




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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #466 on: October 22, 2018, 02:35:57 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Hydrogen fuel cell powered trucks are included in this news about Electric ⚡ Trucks.

COMPANY NEWSOCTOBER 22, 2018 / 10:00 AM / UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO

RPT-Truck makers rev up for rollout of electric ⚡ big rigs

By Nick Carey

DETROIT, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk put electric heavy commercial trucks on the map in November 2017 when he unveiled the company’s futuristic, battery-powered Semi, booked hundreds of orders and said he would start delivering the vehicles by 2019.

Now, it looks like 2020 could be the big year for electric ⚡ big rigs. Incumbent truck makers are accelerating their electric truck projects toward launches that year, while Musk told investors in June production of the eye-catching Semi freight hauler should begin “basically (in the) first half of 2020” instead of 2019.

Driven by regulatory pressure to cut diesel pollution, commercial truck makers have made a flurry of fresh announcements to deliver battery electric or hydrogen-fueled vehicles. They have landed orders from big fleet operators such as Walmart Inc, United Parcel Service Inc and Anheuser Busch Inbev NV.

The challenge is gauging how big the market for electric commercial trucks will be, especially outside of China.

The limited range of most first-generation electric or hydrogen commercial trucks and a lack of charging infrastructure threaten to limit sales to short-haul operations.

In China, regulators are considering a long-term plan to replace 1 million diesel big rigs with cleaner trucks, including electric models, and some Chinese ports and cities are banning diesel trucks, which could significantly boost sales.

In the United States, the outlook for electric truck demand is cloudier. Some analysts estimate that by the mid-2020s, U.S. annual electric truck sales may number only in the hundreds. Over the last 12 months, North American diesel and so-called semitruck orders totaled 497,000 units.

Toyota Motor Corp’s experience at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach illustrates the potential, and the problems for clean truck technology.

Toyota’s working hydrogen fuel-cell truck


The first of Toyota’s working hydrogen fuel-cell trucks was designed with a 200-mile (322 km) range for daily operations and has already logged more than 10,000 miles running short routes around the ports.

The newer second iteration has a 300-mile range but that is still well short of the 1,000 miles or more diesel trucks can run between refueling stops.

Toyota has not provided a production timeline, but executive program manager Chris Rovik said “so far we feel confident the technology is absolutely applicable to this type of use case.”

“CHICKEN AND EGG PROBLEM”

Fueling infrastructure is a major headache for electric and hydrogen trucks.

Hyundai Motor Co commercial vehicle director Mark Freymueller describes a chicken-and-egg problem: Trucking companies are reluctant to buy trucks without fueling stations, but fuel station operators will not install them without trucking customers.

Battery electric trucks can take hours to recharge and charging stations are scarce in most U.S. states. Hydrogen trucks can be refueled in about the same time as a diesel truck - but hydrogen refueling stations are even rarer, with most concentrated in California.

“Fueling infrastructure is a very important first step,” said Chris Cannon, chief sustainability officer for the Port of Los Angeles. “The trucks may work great, but if they can’t get any fuel they can’t operate.”

Last month, the California Air Resources Board announced $41 million in grants to the port toward building 10 new hydrogen fuel-cell electric trucks to be developed by Toyota and Paccar Inc unit Kenworth. The grant will also partly-fund two new hydrogen fuel stations to be built by Royal Dutch Shell Plc .

Most manufacturers see short-haul routes such as drayage services to or from ports or rail yards as likely first adopters of electric or hydrogen trucks.

“We think the first applications are going to be shorter haul,” said Denny Mooney, Navistar International Corp’s vice president of engineering. “We’re going to start out where the business makes sense.”

Tesla customers like Deutsche Post unit DHL, which has ordered 10 Semis, say they could save tens of thousands of dollars on maintenance and fuel annually.

CEO Musk says the Semi’s range could hit 600 miles. But a spokesperson said running uphill with air conditioning on or running other appliances would cut that range. Many modern 18-wheelers contain televisions, fridges and other appliances.

Package delivery giant UPS has pre-ordered 125 Tesla Semis and will use them on daily routes hauling packages between hubs and on UPS Freight routes between businesses - mostly shorter routes.

“In many ways we are ideally suited to be an early adopter of this technology because we don’t have much long-haul business,” said UPS spokesman Glenn Zaccara.

Tesla is working with potential customers including UPS, Pepsico and Anheuser-Busch to build charging stations at their facilities.

Nikola Motor Co, a startup offering a fuel cell truck, has ambitious multibillion-dollar plans to build 700 U.S. hydrogen fueling stations over the next decade, starting along the major routes of Anheuser-Busch, which has ordered up to 800 trucks, says CEO Trevor Milton. Nikola has secured funding for those stations, he said.

Additional reporting by Eric Johnson in Seattle, Hyunjoo Jin in Seoul, Norihiko Shirouzu and Yilei Sun in Beijing; Editing by Tom Brown

https://www.reuters.com/article/autos-trucks-electric/rpt-truck-makers-rev-up-for-rollout-of-electric-big-rigs-idUSL2N1X0095?
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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #467 on: October 29, 2018, 08:02:03 pm »
INSIDEEVs

October 29, 2018

BY STEVEN LOVEDAY

How is this Tesla Model S holding up after 150,000 miles and how can you keep your Tesla in the best shape?


Article with above video:

https://insideevs.com/tesla-model-s-wear-tear-150000-miles/
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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #468 on: November 07, 2018, 05:04:03 pm »
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Low speed electric car in China



Innovation Think Tank Says Tesla Isn’t Disruptive, But Mini-EVs Are

November 7th, 2018 by Michael Barnard

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According to Bartman and team, Tesla didn’t fit that bill in 2015, but was better considered as a sustaining innovation. As Bartman concluded:

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“… because it’s a sustaining innovation, theory predicts that competitors will emerge. Our analysis concludes that a competitive response won’t happen until Tesla expands outside its current niche of people who prefer electric vehicles to gas-powered cars—but if it expands by creating more variety (such as SUVs) and more-affordable vehicles, competition will be fierce.”


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https://cleantechnica.com/2018/11/07/innovation-think-tank-says-tesla-isnt-disruptive-but-mini-evs-are/
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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #469 on: November 09, 2018, 06:11:53 pm »
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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #470 on: November 10, 2018, 04:12:14 pm »
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New Tesla chairwoman, Model 3 contender; electric Harley-Davidson: Today's Car News

By Eric C. Evarts

Nov 8, 2018

Tesla announced a new chairwoman to replace Elon Musk in a settlement with the SEC. Harley-Davidson commits to building its electric Livewire motorcycle. Nissan shows off a rescue truck with two Nissan Leaf batteries for backup power. And we consider the Tesla Model 3 as a contender for our 2019 Best Car To Buy award. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

Tesla named Robyn Denholm, one of its two current independent directors, as its new chairwoman. She replaces Elon Musk, who had to step aside following an SEC settlement over a tweet he made in August. Musk will remain as chief executive officer.

Four years after taking a concept electric motorcycle on tour, Harley-Davidson announced it will build the motorcycle it calls Livewire next year.

Backup batteries can be just the thing for emergency rescue operations, and that's that Nissan built, albeit still diesel-powered, to show at the São Paulo Motor Show. The Frontier Sentinel uses two Nissan Leaf batteries in the bed to provide at least a day's worth of auxiliary power to homes or businesses that have been cut off.

After missing out last year because of the car's slow ramp-up, the Tesla Model 3 makes our list of contenders for our Best Car To Buy competition for 2019.

Italian boutique coachbuilder Ares plans to build a roadster based on the Tesla Model S. Unlike earlier four-door chop-top versions of the Model S, Ares' version looks like a sleek two-door coupe.

Finally, following in GM's footsteps with its new bike, Ford bought electric-scooter sharing business Spin, to help ride-sharing commuters get the last mile or two to their destinations.

Read more: 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1119810_new-tesla-chairwoman-model-3-contender-electric-harley-davidson-todays-car-news
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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #471 on: November 13, 2018, 05:45:30 pm »
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Koch Industries 🦕🦖 Lobbies Against Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

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By Dana Drugmand

Nov. 12, 2018 11:26AM EST

Koch Industries is calling for the elimination of tax credits for electric vehicles (EVs), all while claiming that it does not oppose plug-in cars and inviting the elimination of oil and gas subsidies that the petroleum conglomerate and its industry peers receive.

Outgoing Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller introduced a bill in September that would lift the sales cap on electric vehicles eligible for a federal tax credit, and replace the cap with a deadline that would dictate when the credit would start being phased out.

Under the current tax credit for EVs, once a manufacturer sells 200,000 EVs in the U.S. the amount of the credit gets slashed in half, then halved again. The full credit amount is $7,500. Tesla has already hit the 200,000 cap and GM will soon reach it, so both companies would benefit from a tax credit extension via eliminating the sales cap. Heller's bill lifts the 200,000 vehicle limit and substitutes a phase-out period starting in 2022.

But the conservative senator's bill is facing opposition from the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

In a letter to senators dated Oct. 24, Koch Industries lobbyist Philip Ellender urges opposition to the expansion of EV tax credits through 2022. Ellender claims that the tax credits primarily benefit wealthy consumers and that subsidization interferes with "innovation and consumer choice."

The letter cites two studies, each by a right-wing think tank. One study comes from the Pacific Research Institute, which has received fossil fuel funding—including more than $1.7 million from Koch-related foundations and $615,000 from ExxonMobil. The PRI study, "Costly Subsidies for the Rich: Quantifying the Subsidies Offered to Battery Electric Powered Cars," emphasizes that "the majority of the dollar benefits from energy and electric car subsidies are paid to tax filers in the higher income tax brackets."

The other study is from the Manhattan Institute, another "free market think tank" that takes in money from the Koch network and Exxon. The study paints a misleading picture of EVs and their subsidies.

In addition to citing biased studies by groups tied to Koch money, Ellender claims in the letter, "We do not oppose electric vehicles."

This sentiment echoes the company's 2016 advertorial, in which Koch Industries claimed to be "all for electric vehicles."

Ellender also claims that Koch Industries is against any and all energy subsidies, even ones that benefit the company. According to the letter:

Instead of expanding this subsidy for wealthy EV owners, Congress should eliminate it along with all other energy incentives—including eliminating any incentives given to us and our competitors where we may participate. We are focused on long-term value creation, not short-term windfalls.
In reality, while Koch Industries is claiming publicly to support ending fossil fuel subsidies (along with EV and clean energy incentives), Koch lobbyists have long worked to ensure that the petroleum industry continues to get subsidized.

As Koch vs. Clean previously pointed out, "In a detailed 2011 report on Koch Industries, the Center for Public Integrity wrote: 'Oil is the core of the Koch business empire, and the company's lobbyists and officials have successfully fought to preserve the industry's tax breaks and credits.' The report documented that Koch lobbyists have worked to preserve billions of dollars in oil industry subsidies, including the Section 199 manufacturing tax deduction and the 'last-in, first out' accounting rule."

In fact, according to the International Business Times, Koch Industries has itself directly secured subsidies totaling more than $195 million.

The Koch network also lobbied for the Trump tax cuts that became law late last year. The corporate tax cut is not specific to energy, but it benefits giant corporations including Big Oil and Koch Industries nonetheless. Americans for Tax Fairness estimated that the Kochs would save more than $1 billion just this year from the tax cut—a significant windfall for a corporate behemoth that claims, "We  are focused on long-term value creation, not short-term windfalls."

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9:50 AM - Apr 11, 2018

https://www.ecowatch.com/koch-electric-vehicles-tax-credit-2619368336.html

Agelbert NOTE: If the Democrats are smart, they will push multiple bills thorugh the House of Representatives EVERY MONTH, which INCREASE the tax credit for EVs to $20,000 with NO CAP on the number of vehicles AND allow people with less than that amount of annual income tax to take the remaining credit in subsequent tax years. As it stands now with the $7,500 tax credit, only the wealthy who pay $7,500 or more a year in taxes can get the full tax credit because the law was stupidly (or cleverly 😈, if you are a fossil fueler) written to allow the credit to be used in only one tax year.


Yeah, the GOP 🦕🦖 Senate 🙉 🙊 would stop all these bills in their tracks. :P BUT, National attention would be publicized hither and yon to the FACT that subsidizing EVs so the average person can buy one would

1. IMPROVE the HEALTH of Americans by  IMPROVING air quality for humans AND myriad species in the biosphere, AND
 
2. Help mitigate Climate Change, making it COST EFFECTIVE.

All the blocking and whining about "funding" by the Fossil Fuel Fascists 🐉🦕🦖 in the Senate would cast the GOP in the well deserved role of the enemy of we-the-people AND the Biosphere.

REMEMBER that the GOP Bastards, when they controlled the House of Representatives, tried 70 TIMES over EIGHT YEARS, to destroy the A.C.A. they deliberately, with malice aforethought, demonized as "Obamacare". If they could do that EVIL 70 TIMES, the least the Democratic Party can do is 70 attempts TO PASS $20,000 EV TAX CREDIT GOOD LEGISLATION.


 The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or   PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   

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« Reply #472 on: November 14, 2018, 01:28:15 pm »

Green Car Reports

Tesla, GM, Nissan band together to extend electric-car tax credits 👍👍👍

By Eric C. Evarts

Nov 14, 2018

SNIPPET:

Lawmakers' bigger concern, however, may be GM, which has forecast that it will reach the 200,000-car limit by the end of the year—and which doesn't sell luxury electric cars.

Read more:

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1119917_tesla-gm-nissan-band-together-to-extend-electric-car-tax-credits

Agelbert NOTE: If the Democrats are smart, they will push multiple bills thorugh the House of Representatives EVERY MONTH, which INCREASE the tax credit for EVs to $20,000 with NO CAP on the number of vehicles AND allow people with less than that amount of annual income tax to take the remaining credit in subsequent tax years. As it stands now with the $7,500 tax credit, only the wealthy who pay $7,500 or more a year in taxes can get the full tax credit because the law was stupidly (or cleverly 😈, if you are a fossil fueler) written to allow the credit to be used in only one tax year.


Yeah, the GOP 🦕🦖 Senate 🙉 🙊 would stop all these bills in their tracks. :P BUT, National attention would be publicized hither and yon to the FACT that subsidizing EVs so the average person can buy one would

1. IMPROVE the HEALTH of Americans by  IMPROVING air quality for humans AND myriad species in the biosphere, AND
 
2. Help mitigate Climate Change, making subsidizing EVs COST EFFECTIVE
.



All the blocking and whining about "funding" by the Fossil Fuel Fascists 🐉🦕🦖 in the Senate would cast the GOP in the well deserved role of the enemy of we-the-people AND the Biosphere.

REMEMBER that the GOP Bastards, when they controlled the House of Representatives, tried 70 TIMES over EIGHT YEARS, to destroy the A.C.A. they deliberately, with malice aforethought, demonized as "Obamacare". If they could do that EVIL 70 TIMES, the least the Democratic Party can do is 70 attempts TO PASS $20,000 EV TAX CREDIT GOOD LEGISLATION.


 The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or   PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   

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