EVs: Electric cars and electric motorcycles!
EVs: electric motorcycle in Asia. China. Electric motocycles are
very popular with wise Chinese
India to make every single car electric by
2030 in bid to tackle pollution that kills millions
Every car sold in India will be powered by electricity by the
year 2030, according to plans unveiled by the country’s energy
The move is intended to lower the cost of importing fuel and lower
costs for running vehicles.
“We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way,"
coal and mines minister Piyush Goyal said at the Confederation of
Indian Industry Annual Session 2017 in New Delhi.
Comparing the drive to a 2015 initiative in the country to reduce
energy bills by promoting LED lightbulbs, he told reporters: "We are
going to make electric vehicles self-sufficient... The idea is that
by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the
Mr Goyal said the electric car industry would need between two and
three years of government assistance, but added that he expected the
production of the vehicles to be “driven by demand and not subsidy”
"The cost of electric vehicles will start to pay for itself for
consumers," he said according to the International Business Times.
“We would love to see the electric vehicle industry run on its own,"
An investigation by Greenpeace this year found that as many as 2.3
million deaths occur every year due to air pollution in the country.
The report, entitled 'Airpocalypse', claimed air pollution had
become a “public health and economic crisis” for Indians.
It said the number of deaths caused by air pollution was only "a
fraction less" than the number of deaths from tobacco use, adding
that 3 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was
lost to the levels of toxic smog.
“India's pollution trends have been steadily increasing, with India
overtaking China in number of deaths due to outdoor air pollution in
2015," the report said, saying a "robust monitoring system” was
Delhi was India's most polluted city, the report found, with
concentrations of particulate matter 13 times the annual limit set
by the World Health Organisation.
Mr Goyal said the electric car scheme would first target "larger
consumer centres, where pollution is at an all-time high", such as
From: The Independent
Reflections on Electric Vehicles at COP21
By Marissa Galizia. December 28th, 2015
Electric vehicles (EVs) were a hot topic at the United Nations
Climate Change Conference, COP21, in Paris this December. A parking
lot full of COP21 branded Renault-Nissan EVs and bright green
charging stations greeted delegates from around the world on their
way in to the conference center at Le Bourget. Renault-Nissan’s
electric car service allowed conference attendees to book an
electric ride from the conference center to select hotels, helping
many passionate environmentalists try the climate friendly
Inside the conference center, electric vehicles were a prominent
part of most transportation-related discussions at the plethora of
side events. At the High Level Transport Day on December 3, Segolene
Royal, the French Minister of Ecology, announced the Paris
Declaration on Electro-mobilty and Climate Change and Call to
Action. It calls for at least 20% of all ground transportation to be
electrified by 2030 in order to keep global warming limited to two
degrees or less. Twenty-four companies and organizations from around
the world have signed on to support the commitment including
Renault-Nissan, Tesla and ChangePoint. Segolene Royal also announced
a global competition for an EV under 7,000 Euros, with a range of
300 miles and a charging time of under 30 minutes. With these
criteria EVs would be accessible to all, including those in
EVs would be accessible to all
The We Mean Business Coalition convened a roundtable conversation
entitled 100% Electric: How Can We Accelerate the Transformation of
the Transport System. The influential advocacy group’s CEO, Nigel
Topping, moderated a panel with ChargePoint CEO, Pasquale Romano and
sustainability execs from BMW, Renault-Nissan, and Ikea. Things got
really interesting at the end of the conversation when Topping
pushed the panel on when we should expect the last internal
combustion engine will be sold. Romano boldly predicted 2035, citing
the transformative adoption of the smart phone as precedent. The
auto representatives were hesitant to commit to a date, opting to
reframe the question to when EVs would become dominant in the
market. They put this at 2030 – 2035. Steve Howard, CSO of Ikea,
agreed that “EVs are the next smart phone” and predicted EVs would
be dominant by 2023.
A High Level Event on Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) in the
Netherlands Pavillion brought together leaders in the private and
public sector to discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead for
ZEVs. Again, BMW and Renault-Nissan represented the
auto-manufacturers and ChargePoint represented EV charging
infrastructure. Senan McGrath from the Electric Supply Board
provided the private utility perspective. Together, the automakers,
ChargePoint, and the utility communicated that the market is ready
for electrification of transportation. U.S. Secretary of Energy
Ernest Moniz and California Governor Jerry Brown also stressed the
importance of ZEVs for greenhouse gas mitigation in transport.
Governor Brown made EVs a focal point of his messages at many
speaking engagements throughout the week. Transportation emissions
are 40% of all emissions in California - about 10% higher than the
U.S. average. This stems both from the fact that Californians drive
more than most Americans and that the state has a cleaner
electricity mix than many others.
Governor Brown and Tom Steyer convened a delegation of business
leaders from across the state of California to communicate all that
California is doing to foster innovation and action in mitigating
climate change. ChargePoint’s CEO Pasquale Romano was one of the 12
business leaders selected from across the state to participate in
the delegation, which helped to bring EVs and EV charging into the
conversation throughout the summit.
EVs: electric motorcycle in China
EVs were also at the center of the Sustainable Innovation Forum at
the Stade De France, and Solutions COP21, at the Grand Palais, as
well. BMWi, the electric transportation arm of the automaker, was a
premier sponsor for the Climate Action Programme’s 6th annual
Sustainable Innovation forum. They positioned a BMWi3 alongside a
ChargePoint charging station right at the entrance to the stadium’s
conference space and BMW executives spoke to all that BMW is doing
to support sustainable mobility. At Solutions COP21 automakers from
Nissan to Toyota displayed their latest and greatest alternative
fuel vehicles under the grand glass archways of the Beaux-Arts
The United Nations’ Momentum for Change Award also sent a strong
signal about the important role EVs will play in keeping climate
change at bay by selecting ChargePoint as one of the 15 Lighthouse
Activities honored as an example of a transformative, innovative,
and scalable information communication technology tackling climate
change. The Momentum for Change Showcase Event on Thursday evening,
right before the negotiations were intended to come to a close, was
a celebration of the possibility that innovative technologies hold
for enabling the world to achieve the ambitious targets set by world
leaders in the negotiations.
Along with renewable energy and energy efficiency, electric
transportation is both a critical need for the fight against climate
change and a market-ready technology. The many discussions about EVs
at side events throughout COP21 (which were many more than I could
capture here) prove that international high-level leaders from
business, government and civil society are in agreement. Now it’s up
to us –as drivers, employees, legislators, and voters to bring EVs
from center stage at a climate conference to center stage on our
roads and parking lots.
Netherlands To Prohibit All
Non-Electric Cars By 2025
A new law proposed in the Netherlands may result in a ban on the
sale of all internal-combustion engined cars in the country by 2025.
If the law passes, only electric and hydrogen-powered cars will be
allowed to be sold in the Netherlands by 2025. The law, proposed by
the Labor Party, wouldn't prohibit the use of existing gas- and
diesel-powered cars, but once they are removed from service, they
cannot be replaced.
There is a good possibility that the law will pass, in spite of a
very vocal opposition, as the majority of elected officials in the
lower house of the Dutch parliament support the initiative. If the
bill passes, hybrid models, including those that use both internal
combustion and batteries, would also be banned.
The energy-saving plan would challenge car manufacturers to produce
enough emissions-free vehicles to meet demand.
Recent emission-free cars have shorter charging times and longer
ranges. Electric car advocates believe that consistent improvements
will make the vehicle more attractive to buyers.
Sales of electric cars and those powered with hydrogen fuel cells
have steadily increased. According to Tesla, the company's
‘affordable' Model 3 has received a record number of pre-orders.
Volvo plans to go all-electric, sets a
goal to make 1 million electric cars by 2025
Electrifying news! Volvo is making a huge
commitment to electric cars. Today, The Swedish car manufacturer put
quantities and dates on goals it first published in its Volvo Cars
Sustainability Report 2015. Volvo said that it will make one million
electric cars by 2025 in a press release.
“It is a deliberately ambitious target,” said Håkan Samuelsson,
Volvo’s president and chief executive. “It is going to be a
challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to
electrification.” To reach the million-car goal Volvo is going to
introduce two hybrid versions of each model in its lineup and sell
its first all-electric car by 2019.
Lyft cofounder John Zimmer predicts that the private automobile will be dead by
Lyft cofounder and president John Zimmer is calling it: 2025 is when private
car automobile ownership will “all but end” in major American cities.
prospect of Automotive Judgment Day has been much discussed ever since
Google proved that fully autonomous motoring was an achievable goal. Once
cars don’t need drivers, it quickly follows that they won’t need owners,
either. The rise of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft further
primed the car-removal machine, acclimating a small-but-growing segment of
the population to the idea of relying on other people’s vehicles to get
With rival Uber now testing autonomous Volvos in Pittsburgh, Lyft’s
Zimmer is offering a specific timetable for this transformation: Within 5
years, the majority of Lyft rides will be driverless. And less than five
years after that, the private car will have been essentially eliminated. “By
2025, owning a car will go the way of the DVD,” Zimmer
posted in a Medium piece called “The Third Transportation Revolution.”
Zimmer’s Lyft-centric vision of our post-car future, which he also talks
an interview with Time, will have urbanites purchasing
contracts with various mileage limits, akin to cellphone plans. It’s a
subscription model at odds with Tesla boss Elon Musk’s similarly grandiose “Master Plan,
Part Deux,” which posits that privately owned but fully autonomous
Tesla-made vehicles will form an ad-hoc transportation-for-hire service,
roving about on their own to pick up passengers and make money for their
owners. Not only would this slave-army of cars allow Tesla to keep selling
private automobiles, it would lower the ownership threshold, since cars
would be helping to earn their keep while their masters are sleeping or at