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Washington D.C Council plans to decree the installation of electric vehicle charging resources in a refurbished building

 

The D.C. Council hopes to compel the owners of the buildings within the District under renovation to develop a charging system doe electric vehicle to hasten the transition to renewable energy. The new bill by the Council proposes that not less than a third of parking lots under refurbishment or in new buildings must create space for the charging of electric vehicles. This bill implies that the buildings must have a constant and sufficient power source that meets the recharging capacity of the electric vehicles. Nevertheless, the house owners do not need to wire their houses with the equipment provided the electricity flowing to the parking lot is enough to charge the electric vehicle. The Council is waiting for a single vote from its members and the authentication by Mayor Muriel Bowser and Congress. 

Bloomberg statistics indicate that almost two-thirds of the vehicles that will be on the roads in the next two decades will be electric. This statistic has necessitated the development of electric vehicle charging stations countrywide and the compelling of real estate agents to plan their houses to accommodate the recharging facilities.

The Council explained that they want more people in this District to purchase electric vehicles to accelerate the transition to clean energy and realize the climatic objectives. This bill’s authorization to become law will hasten the uptake of electric vehicles by residents since range anxiety will be resolved. If this plan goes through, it will take three decades to realize a net-zero carbon emission city.

The acceptance of this bill to become law would make it effective in the next two years. Buildings with more than four parking units will be forced to subscribe to a utility service that provides enough electricity to meet these demands. Nevertheless, the bill has an advantage for house owners who cite financial struggles because they do not adhere to this regulation.

The Energy Department revealed that the charging units’ cost ranges from $300 to $40000 depending on the charging rate of the unit. This data was supplied by the Department five years ago, and hopefully, the values have changed with the introduction of more renewables. Currently, a building with as many as 100 parking spaces would have to invest over $20000 in the charging infrastructure to meet the regulations articulated in this bill.

To sum up, the Council stated that they are forcing this bill to be accepted as law to cushion the District and its buildings from future costly changes to align with the electric vehicle charging resources. The Council added that people wishing to rent in this District would not have the burden of installing recharging systems since they will be readily available in the buildings.

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Volkswagen is developing the ID4 electric vehicle to challenge Model Y in China

 

Volkswagen has taken the bull by its horns, announcing that it would start developing the ID4 crossover electric vehicle in China to compete with the Tesla brand Model Y on the brink to garner the global market share. Volkswagen ID4 is the latest electric vehicle with its roots in Wolfsburg and will be rivaling Tesla’s Model Y to determine its performance and gain popularity.

The development of a car that rivals the Tesla models has been growing since the company expanded its operations and set a high price for its electric vehicles. Volkswagen made a public statement earlier about developing an electric SUV in China with $6.54 billion. The Volkswagen efforts seem to have yielded results because this model’s sales escalated in China by a whopping 3% when the overall sales plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic. This rise in sales has granted Volkswagen the right to claim itself a giant in the European electric vehicle production as stipulated by JATO’s records.

The manufacture of ID4 in China will place Volkswagen in a competitive position with Tesla’s Model Y, which started gracing the Asian market not long ago. Volkswagen is also preparing to unveil a manufacturing site for this model in Australia to beat the schedule to reach out to various markets.

Automotive News reported that Volkswagen is rolling out ID.4 Crozz and ID.4 X, brands of ID.4, in China to give consumers a test of its manufacturing performance. In a real sense, the company is testing the market with these two models as pilot designs before it can decide whether to bring in more brands to China or not.

All the details available about these two brands is that they are emerging from different factories in different Volkswagen sites in China. Additionally, ID.4 X si slightly enormous than ID.4 Crozz. Reports indicate that ID.4 Crozz is under development at SAIC Volkswagen’s assembly point in Anting, China. This facility is worth $3.5 billion with the purpose to develop and assemble electric vehicles. The factory revealed that they could manufacture 300000 electric vehicles annually courtesy of the MEB electric vehicle production strategy.

On the other hand, ID.4 X is going into production at Volkswagen’s factory in Foshan, China, a company being run under Volkswagen’s partnership with the FAW Group. This factory also produces 300000 electric vehicles in a year.

Finally, Volkswagen revealed that the two models would be unveiled in the Chinese market very soon during the Beijing workshop. They unraveled the Golf 8 and Tiguan X. Nevertheless, the company resumes the development of the brands in its German facilities.

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The Manufacturer’s Solution of the Electric Vehicle’s Rare-Earths as per IDTechEx

 

It is no secret that one of the primary materials of electric vehicles is magnetic. For them to drive the electronic motors, their composition includes kilograms of magnetic materials. As of 2019, statistics indicated that more than 80% of their global population use motors which are permanent magnetic based. Essential materials of the magnets are dysprosium and neodymium, and the earth materials are hard to come across. It is hard to come across them, and the globally leading producer of the same is China. Some years back, almost a decade since the incident took place in 2011, there were dysprosium and neodymium export limitations in China. Consequently, the price rose by 2000% for the former and 750% for the latter.

In addition to high price volatility worries, the materials also pose a danger to the environment. That is ironic since the sole purpose of transitioning to electric vehicles is to protect the same. However, it delivers the no-emission problem, which is good for the environment. The problem is the rare-earths that create the magnets that they use. During their extractions, they are usually trapped amidst radioactive materials, and a good one is thorium. The separation needs carcinogenic compounds such as hydrochloric acid, ammonia, sulfate, and the worst part, not in small quantities. Therefore, by the end of creating a tonne of the rare-earths, you will also have 2000 times the toxic waste

There have been proposals to eliminate or reduce rare-earths when manufacturing motors from vehicle manufacturers. The likes of BMW, Audi, and Renault have recently started using rare-earth alternatives. Renault has settled for copper windings for the Zoe, whereas Audi’s e-tron uses an aluminum rotor induction motor. The truth is that the number of permanent magnet motors keeps increasing despite efforts to reduce rare-earth. Between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of permanent magnet-based motors risen from 79% and 82%. The reason is understandable since its efficiency improves the driving range. While Tesla used copper induction motors for Models S and X, they settled for the permanent magnet motor when making models 3 and Y. Another notable effort is China’s control in rare-earth supply.

Despite that, the reduction of the same by the Electric Vehicles manufacturer is indisputable. Besides, they use motors that use less magnetic materials than previous versions. For instance, Honda and Nissan’s likes that were among the original equipment manufacturers are reducing and eliminating dysprosium. Now, the problem is the increasing demand for Electric vehicles. Regardless of the reduction of the magnetic materials, the need for the same will increase with time. Hopefully, things will be under control, eventually.

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The UK realigns its renewable energy industry to prepare for the incoming rivalry

The UK government’s move to realize net-zero emissions in the next three decades, together with Ofgem’s decarbonization mission, has taken shape in the country with more utilities preparing to transition to renewables. Last year sparked the desire to restrategize and halt climate change brought about by carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. Although Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion’s efforts seemed futile last year, they invoked a sense to reclaim the atmosphere from the growing climatic changes by bringing in renewables. Renewables have helped the UK start thinking of changing the pollutive sectors like transportation and energy to clean energy and resolve the emission problems.

The ongoing plan is to substitute gas utilities with renewable energy programs and halt ICE cars’ usage. This strategy must have started taking shape by 2035 to reveal the region’s zeal to realize the climatic resolutions. These objectives’ achievement will take up more money, which the government said it would be contributing to partly. The coronavirus outbreak spiked the realization of some of the objectives since moat of the industries went into undue lockdown, minimizing emissions. Additionally, most emissive vehicles stayed out of the roads as the owners were following the shelter-in-place measures stipulated by the ministry of health. The pandemic has revealed that it is possible to substitute fossil fuels with renewables since it is a plausible strategy to revive the economy.

RenewableUK’s Nathan Bennett stated that the pandemic has not reversed the climate dilemma but has rescheduled the plan to implement renewable energy programs. This year marks the swift transition to clean renewable energy since oil and gas demand plummeted exceedingly, almost crashing the economy. A revival plan will entail renewing renewables like wind and solar energy on a large scale to boost this smooth transition that will halt environmental degradation.

It is clear that gas and oil companies have glanced at the future and are slowly investing in renewables to remain relevant in the market. In April, the big flop for these utilities revealed their vulnerabilities, making them start to strategize on new technology. The government supports the innovations and technologies gracing the energy sector with the likes of electric vehicles proving to be an efficient technique to halt fossil fuel consumption. Companies are now competing over who offers the best green energy tariffs escalating the uptake of green energy.

Ofgem has been keenly observing companies’ reports on the green energy they supply to minimize greenwashing cases. Greenwashing is where companies state exaggerated figures for the renewables that they supply. Nevertheless, more suppliers and utilities will emerge with the ongoing award of contracts to companies that give feasible proposals to generate renewable energy. Another crucial strategy in the transition is installing over 10 million electric vehicles on the UK roads and developing home charging systems to accelerate demand for these vehicles. On the other hand, companies have decided to invest in new technology to meet the research and development departments’ needs. This move will enable the smooth supply of electric vehicles to meet the demand of consumers.

Additionally, more jobs will emerge from the offshore wind energy projects, hydroelectric plants, and construction of facilities to generate renewable energy. Companies like Tesco, Google, and Whitbread have revealed their intention of utilizing renewable energy, making other bigwigs also desire this strategy for growth.

In conclusion, experts and analysts believe that the UK economy will be on its feet once again, provided the government and the citizens continue pushing for the transition.

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India is still bent on investing in coal amid its renewable energy plans

Lately, India has been focusing on reducing economic dependency and producing its valuables for consumption. Nevertheless, new policies and amendments have activated the country’s economic cycle, stirring increased energy use. India has recorded a high usage of fossil fuel energy to cater to electricity and power demands, especially in unpredictable weather patterns. However, New Delhi has maintained its stand on pushing for the uptake of renewable energy to facilitate the achievement of the Paris agreement on climate change. 

Statistics show that India’s energy consumption is ten times less than that of developed countries like the US. Nevertheless, the country’s high population proves to be the mapping agent for the government to be among the top carbon emitters. This sadistic statistic exists while the country is pushing for the uptake of renewables beyond the current 22 percent of the targeted 360 GW. India hopes that they can clock the 200 GW mark in renewable energy in the next two years. 

India’s desire to minimize carbon emissions is its primary target for adhering to the Paris Climate Agreement that sparks the venture of additional renewable energy sources. Nevertheless, the country is still utilizing pollutive fuels to cater to its growing economy. The country is buying itself out of the dependence on imported energy to meet its electricity demands to minimize its debt. 

One of the strategies to abscond imports is the full exploitation of coal energy. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, revealed that the coal reservoirs would be reopening since the last five decades to solve the energy demands and improve the production scale. This strategy will accelerate electricity generation to 64 GW once the coal reservoirs achieve their maximum potential. 

These plans to rejuvenate the coal industry suppress the government’s efforts to substitute emissive coal with clean renewables. India’s energy secretary, R.K. Singh, stated that they would be phasing out the coal plants to create space for renewable energy production. 

The purpose of exploring renewables is to meet the environmental objectives the country has set and to serve the energy demands of the Indians living in marginalized areas. This move will facilitate technological growth through the utilization of solar energy in rural areas. 

Additionally, India will benefit greatly from exploring solar energy since it is the most affordable energy source that is environmentally friendly. Studies revealed that the cost of solar energy is 15 percent inexpensive than coal energy in India. 

Nevertheless, solar energy exuberance might sway once the other renewables get activated. India will face the challenge of operating a renewable energy mix, which is challenging considering the country’s economic state. Additionally, the country is still exploring the production of its solar components to halt the importation of these essentials from China. 

Finally, the Chinese solar components are cheaper, forcing the country to decide between imposing high tariffs to motivate the domestic industry or sustaining the importations to save on production costs. This dilemma makes the country stand at neutral grounds where it can utilize both renewables and coal.  

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America plays a vital role in the global energy industry

The US is experiencing a tough season in its energy industry while bracing itself to transition to renewables. In the past, the US was a major in fossil fuel energy, with various companies rocking the energy market on its behalf. One of the companies that facilitated the US dominance in the energy industry is Exxon, which evolved from its previous name, Standard Oil. This company is currently slowly being overtaken by NextEra Energy (NEE), which has become the hub of green energy. This company recorded a rise in its sales, which surpassed the dropping demand for Exxon.

NEE has been growing its market share to surpass the 58% and 39% losses by the other major oil companies. NEE recorded a rise up to 23.5%, especially after the coronavirus pandemic setting into the equation. Exxon and Chevron have witnessed a drop in sales in the pandemic period because they offer products that increase carbon emissions in the energy sector. With the US increasingly adopting the Sustainable Development Goals, the drop in sales of the fossil fuels is explainable since companies are aligning themselves to support zero-emissions from the energy products they are using in their manufacturing processes. 

NEE was preparing itself to take over the energy market and seems to have succeeded. This company is currently the biggest supplier of wind and solar energy, producing up to 45900 megawatts. The company boasts of supplying electricity to over four million households in Florida and production factories in this region.

NEE intends to further venture other renewables like solar and hydrogen to maximize its profit and command the largest market share in America. At the moment, the company is offering installation services at affordable prices to its customers, especially for solar panels. Solar stocks have suddenly risen in the pandemic period because the Americans have realized the essence of clean energy and sustaining air quality.

The energy experts argue that a Democratic win in the upcoming presidential elections will catapult the quick transition to clean renewable energy. Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, announced that $1.7 trillion must go into the renewable energy programs to facilitate the uptake and shift to clean energy. He added that the tax grants given to fossil fuel companies should have gone to the renewable energy companies if the Trump administration intended to realize the transition to renewables.

In conclusion, although the Trump administration seems to lean on fossil fuel production of electricity, NextEra Energy is still the largest producer of wind and solar energy in the country, making the US a pioneer in this sector. Exxon and Chevron have since been investing in renewables, although their attention lies more on fossil fuel energy.

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An Electric Vehicles’ powerful modular battery system by Cleantron

Owners of light electric vehicles, including minicars and scooters, have a reason to smile thanks to Cleantron. After all, the company has developed a powerful battery system for such electric vehicles. 

It achieves that using the HP MPC technology known in full as High Power Multi Pack Configuration.  It couples that with a built-in lithium-ion battery that is conveniently compact and portable. It also has a DC/DC-converter.

Using such a battery system means that you won’t have to invest much in charging infrastructure. In need arises, moving around with it will also be a breeze. Then, there is the fact that you won’t compromise the capacity of the battery. Therefore, you get to enjoy a relatively high capacity and the various benefits of compactness and portability.

Compared to other batteries, the modular one will be a great thing, no doubt. Unlike the conventional ones, the system is light and easy to handle and doesn’t limit its performance. It also has a capacity higher than the traditional batteries.

It is no secret that Cleantron has a track record when it comes to developing and producing 48 V portable lithium-ion batteries. Having mastered the art of making batteries, the brand chose a special team to come up with the HP MPC system. According to its design, it is an integration of lithium-ion batteries. One of them is usually a fixed high-power one. The other one, although sometimes they can be more than one, is lightweight as well as portable. The two are connected with a unique unidirectional DC/DC converter. Nothing is lost, including performance, capacity, and range.

The fixed battery generates maximum capacity, whereas the portable one produces maximum energy. Therefore, the battery system not only lasts for long but also ensures that the vehicle accelerates well. Equally important, it complies with electric vehicles’ safety requirements and rechargeable lithium batteries, which are ECE R100 and NEN-EN 50604-1, respectively.

The portable lithium-ion batteries are also safe to touch. So, anyone can change it without worrying about his or her safety.  Its weight is 10 kg only. The lightweight aspect is as a result of limiting the discharge power. That translates to the usage of small connectors and light wires.

When it comes to DC/DC converters, the user can choose a 48/48 V, 48/100 V or 48/400 V converter depending on the power train. Due to the existence of power trains, the company also has lithium-ion batteries of different voltages.

The versatility of the modular battery system is also incredible. You can use it in motor yachts, water taxis, dinghies, minibuses, and taxis. They are also ideal for las mile cargo delivery, minicars, scooters, and electric motorcycles, just but to mention a few.

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Trump is working against the importation of solar energy and resources 

Trump issued a statement supporting the increment in tariffs on solar imports. The statement agrees to increase tariffs on solar resources like panels, cells, and modules due to the bifacial panels infiltrating the market. Trump also commanded the assessment of duties in the US trade agreements to determine if they should continue to be in action or be dropped. Initially, the tariffs were to expire in two years.

The US has been dealing with imported solar resources and the challenges that come with it. Nevertheless, the tariffs have raised the prices of these resources impeding the transition to clean renewable energy. Manufacturers in the US are a happy lot since they enjoy tariff-free sales maximizing their profits.

It is evident that the US is discouraging importing solar products to encourage internal investments to grow and have a market niche. Although the US administration is pushing for the usage of internally developed solar panels, the bifacial solar panel developers are more reliable and are the required imports.

The US administration seems to support the country’s fossil-fuel resources, hoping that they can capitalize more on them before the transition to renewables. Key energy industry stakeholders like Invenergy and the Solar Energy Industries Association hope that the US can support the renewable sector with project contracts and financial aid.

Trump’s statement comes a few days to the presidential election, and it appears to carry more weight through even if Trump fails on his reelection mission. Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate, stated that the administration ought to reconsider its stand on renewables and support them if they hope to realize economic recuperation in this coronavirus pandemic. The US has a strategy that calls for the full shift to clean energy in the next 15 years. The realization of this plan will imply the deployment of massive solar structures.

Nevertheless, Joe Biden has strayed from making comments on the tariffs imposed on imported solar products. For the US to prosper, the democrats might support the tariffs to encourage internal development.

Economic experts argue that the increase in tariffs will impair the recovery of the economy from the pandemic since every country, including the exporters, suffered the same problem. Scaring away the importers also scares the investors from cashing into these projects in the US.

Analysts argue that the US administration should revise its plan to infuse solar energy into the energy mix to create more jobs and reveal their efforts in tackling climate change. To conclude, Trump explained that the tariffs would help the economy recover internally before resuming externally. He hopes that the revisitation of the energy Acts can help demonstrate the surest way to approach renewables.

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Dealers from Cadillac may be inclined to invest $200,000 on every brand of Electric Vehicle’s future

All General Motors Company dealers shall be slapped with lots of costs if they push for an all-electric future. The price of dealers from Cadillac is projected to amount to $200,000 to change dealerships for expected electric cars staring with the Lyriq crossover. The brand’s foremost all-electric car is striking American dealership towards late 2022 after debuting foremost in China’s market. General Motors’ luxury brand said that it was over 880 dealerships. That is the necessitated investment on Wednesday.

Cadillac is General Motor’s topping electric brand rising to vend more electric cars than fuel-powered before the end of ten years. General Motors is staking $20 billion through 2025 towards electric and self-directed technologies and pushing to unveil 20 electric plates through numerous brands by 2023.

Rory Harvey [deputy chair] of Cadillac stated that there was an investment being made by General Motors of introducing those Electric Vehicles on the market; aside from that, there was an investment needed by their dealer’s network to certify that they could meet client’s anticipations as well as get the correct amenities and substructure in place.

Cadillac checked with the council of the brand’s dealer before introducing the necessities. Dealers shall have to commence readying for the electric future by the next quarter of the upcoming year. The expenses amount from the tooling and preparation needed to vend electric cars, constituting charging points.

David Butler [Chairperson of dealer council] stated that the stake might be too much for a small dealer who makes less sales in a year. Nonetheless, there are investments such as repeating showrooms that are considerably over $200,000.

He stated that he had no problem investing in the brand. Conversely, that is if they were going to introduce buy-in behind it, as normally $200,000 was not a figure that could shock many dealers. Nonetheless, in some instances, they would have to commence making financial choices concerning whether or not that extra investment could turn out to be worth it.

Whereas there are main elements needed to serve future Cadillac clients, the modification could differ by dealership. Harvey stated that noticing how a small dealer may solely require one charging point. Each dealer shall be communicated to through a field individual at General Motors concerning the shift.

Some people like Inder Dosanjah, who happens to be a Cadillac dealer and has four dealerships within Francisco Bay Area, is currently taking a step towards the necessary investment in vending electric Cadillac through setting up charging points around his dealership region of America that is behind the transition to electric than other parts of the nation.