The world won't hit climate goals unless energy innovation rapidly accelerated
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- Coal is collapsing.
How Ford is making sure its F150 remains the most popular truck ever
- This article was originally published by Michael Coates on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.
- It’s only been five years since the last major redesign of the Ford F-150, not a long time historically in the truck world, but with competition heating up both in the traditional competitors and newcomers, Ford is pushing forward with the introduction of the all-new 2021 F-150, a remake of its best-selling and most lucrative model.
- Highlights of the introduction (some detail below) included the presentation of a new full hybrid model and confirmation that a full-electric version is coming.
After many false starts, hydrogen power might now bear fruit
- Instead of storing and then releasing electricity gathered from the mains in the way that a battery does, a fuel cell generates current from a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen.
- Starting from the position that the only green alternative for heating is electricity powered by renewables, Graham Cooley, the boss of ITM Power, a hydrogen-equipment maker, points out that Britain’s natural-gas grid supplies, every year, around 880TWh of energy to homes, factories and offices, most of which is used for heating.
- Dr Joffe, however, counters that the need to manufacture hydrogen in the first place, with all the inefficiencies this brings, means a hydrogen gas grid would require building even more new power stations than would heating homes or factories with electricity directly.
This motorcycle reimagines a radical 100-year-old art-deco design
- This article was originally published by Michael Lange on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.
- The electric motorcycle has reignited an optimism in design the likes of which we haven’t seen in over a century.
- Nearly a century ago, a designer named Georges Roy set out to revolutionize two-wheeled transportation with a motorcycle called the Majestic.
- It truly is 3D printing for metals–just plug in the design, select the alloy of your choice and layer by layer a strong, functional part is created just as the designer imagined it.
- A true piece of rolling art, the 2029 Majestic is also a fully functional electric motorcycle.
World in 2030 With Faster Battery Improvements
- Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF) forecasted in the Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020 that battery pack prices will get below $100/kWh in 2024 and reach $61/kwh in 2030.
- Lab research shows lithium-iron phosphate batteries, which does not require nickel or cobalt, has a possible pathway to prices as low as $80/kWh. James Frith, head of energy storage at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London said today’s batteries cost about $147/kWh, down from about $1,000 in 2010 and $381 in 2015.
- There is a lot more room for improvement if silicon anodes and dry cell batteries are mastered and produced in large volumes.
- There are various claims that a CATL (China battery company) with a LFP (lithium iron phosphate battery) has reached a $100/kWh price.
- If Silicon Anodes can be mastered there is the theoretical potential to achieve 6000 watt-hours per kilogram.
How does your driving speed affect your car’s emissions?
- In the first rally in 2002, the Massey University entry was a brand new diesel-fueled Volkswagen Golf (kindly loaned by VW NZ), running on 100% biodiesel made from waste animal fat (as Z Energy has been producing).
- Regardless of the car, drivers can reduce fuel consumption by 15-20% by improving driving habits alone – reducing emissions and saving money at the same time.
- When you are thinking of replacing your car, taking into account fuel efficiency is another important way to save on fuel costs and reduce emissions.
- New Zealand also remains hesitant about introducing a “feebate” scheme, which proposes a fee on imported high-emission cars to make imported hybrids, electric cars and other efficient vehicles cheaper with a subsidy.
- In New Zealand, driving an electric car results in low emissions because electricity generation is 85% renewable.
Warning: The world won't hit climate goals unless energy innovation is rapidly accelerated
- That's because the climate goals set by governments and corporations around the world depend on technologies that have not yet reached the market.
- Late last year, Heliogen, a clean energy startup backed by Bill Gates, discovered a way to use artificial intelligence and a field of mirrors to generate extreme amounts of heat from the sun.
- About three-quarters of the cumulative reductions in carbon emissions to get on that path will need to come from technologies that have "not yet reached full maturity," the report said.
- For instance, while battery technology has evolved significantly, the IEA said "rapid progress" is required to transition battery prototypes to the world's long-distance transportation needs.
- Governments grappling with dual health and economic crises may be tempted to divert money away from developing clean energy at exactly the wrong time.
How’s this for aerodynamic? The Lucid Air’s drag coefficient is only 0.21
- Lucid Motors is readying production of its first battery electric vehicle, the Air, and it has just released the results of some wind tunnel testing.
- As such, optimizing a car for low drag has become more important, first as regulators in Europe demanded more efficient cars, then more recently as range has become the most important attribute of a battery electric vehicle.
- Similarly, the Lucid Air's top speed benefits from its low drag; one of the alpha prototypes has already bettered 235mph (378km/h) in testing, and Rawlinson told me recently that he's sure the car has more to show, although production cars will have an artificially limited Vmax to meet the safety rating of their tires.
- Lucid says its beta prototypes are regularly achieving over 400 miles (643km) of highway range in testing, and a real-world range of 400 miles is the company's target for the Air, which goes into production later this year.
Elon Musk urges workers ‘to go all out’ to help Tesla break even
- Tesla Inc chief Elon Musk in an internal email called on employees to work hard to allow the electric car maker to break even in the second quarter despite the coronavirus pandemic.
- The rallying cry has become a familiar theme in recent quarters at Tesla, with Musk calling on employees to quickly build and deliver vehicles at the end of the quarter to achieve specific targets.
- The automaker is expected to report second-quarter delivery numbers this week.
- Tesla in April surprised investors when it said production and delivery of its new sport utility vehicle, Model Y, was significantly ahead of schedule despite the virus outbreak.
- Production at Tesla’s only U.S. vehicle factory in California was shut down for more than six weeks from the end of March to early May due to local lockdown orders aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.