Daisy Simmons reports in Yale Climate Connections on November 6, 2022
You may have heard the myth that electric vehicles are just as bad for the climate — or worse — than gas-powered cars and trucks. One common myth claims that the climate-warming pollution caused by manufacturing electric vehicle batteries cancels out the benefits. Not so. ou may have heard the myth that electric vehicles are just as bad for the climate — or worse — than gas-powered cars and trucks. One common myth claims that the climate-warming pollution caused by manufacturing electric vehicle batteries cancels out the benefits. Not so. Pollution ‘debt’ settled after about 22 months.Daisy Simmons | Yale Climate Connections
DISCOVER | Nov/Dec 2022
Car manufacturers have invested a collective $330 billion through 2025 into electric technology, according to global consulting firm AlixPartners. These factors — combined with a raft of new EV credits in the historic U.S. Inflation Reduction Act passed this summer — suggest EVs are advancing from niche product to mass market. Simplification means that the entire EV drivetrain contains roughly 1 percent of the moving parts you’ll find inside its internal-combustion counterpart. Maintenance requirements, therefore, are dramatically reduced.
By Zachary Shahan | CleanTechnica | Nov 17, 2022
Ford, for its part, said it plans to spend $50 billion to help it produce 2 million EVs annually starting 2026. Volkswagen Group, which includes Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche, has pledged $100 billion. Its Audi brand has committed to electrifying 30 percent of its U.S. lineup by 2025. An internal combustion vehicle may require a gas station pit stop to refuel once or twice a week, while a drained EV can fully charge overnight in your garage.
The fact that electric vehicles are “simpler” than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles has long been a talking point of electric vehicle fans and evangelists (aka EVangelists). This has mostly come into play when talking about lower maintenance costs. There aren’t all the belts, tubes, hoses, etc. that you find in a gasmobile. That means fewer parts that can break and less maintenance over time. What is less discussed is what Jim Farley has highlighted this week — that it also means simpler production and a smaller labor force manufacturing the world’s cars and trucks.
By Mike Reuther | Williamsport Sun-Gazette | November 18, 2022
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program will help meet the increasing demand of electric vehicles, according to officials. “Our goal is to have them 50 miles apart on highways,” Dan Szekeres, one of the presenters of the program, said. Competitive grant funding to establish stations is being made available. The best types of businesses for hosting direct current fast chargers include restaurants, convenience stores, truck stops, and shopping centers – ideally near interstate exits.
NEVI grants require a 20% match from awarded applicants. More information about the program and grant funding is at RA-PDEVCorridors@pa.gov
By Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai | CleanTechnica | November 17, 2022
One of the first real mass production EVs, the Nissan Leaf, took about 10 years to produce and sell 500,000 units. Just the other day, VW announced that it has sold 500 000 of its ID series, one year ahead of schedule. It took VW just 2 years to sell half a million units of its ID electric vehicle models since their initial launch in 2020. The Tesla Model 3 production ramp and sales progress was even hotter. It took about 3 years for Tesla to sell 1 million units of the Model 3. Another one that has delivered incredible sales figures is the Wuling Mini EV. Since its launch in the middle of 2020, it has gone on to sell more than 800,000 units in China.
By Steve Hanley | CleanTechnica | November 17, 2022
Toyota says the new package is as fuel efficient as the current car, but acceleration now takes a quantum leap forward from around 0 to 60 in around 10 seconds to a more exhilarating 6.7 seconds for the Prius Prime. Whee! According to CNN, the new Prime will have 37.5 miles of electric-only range compared to 25 miles in the current car. More: Toyota Press Release
By David Sickels | TheBuzzEVNews | May 3, 2022
HEVs run off of a powertrain that is both electric and gas-powered – but they are not charged from the grid like a battery-electric EV. There is no charging port that needs to be plugged into to charge the battery. Instead, HEV batteries are powered either through regenerative braking or via the combustion engine while the car is being driven. By using both an electric motor and an engine in tandem, these vehicles can get by with a relatively small combustion engine.
Prius (2.0-liter PHEV, Prototype) Photo: Toyota
PHEVs are also powered using an electric motor and internal combustion engine, but unlike HEVs, PHEVs also have a charging port so the battery can be charged directly from the grid. While the battery can still recharge like an HEV through regenerative braking or via the engine when in Drive, this ability to charge off the grid means PHEVs can be driven a bit more like a battery-electric EV, depending solely on the battery for mileage until it is depleted, then switching to the internal combustion engine if needed. Just keep in mind that battery-only-powered mileage in PHEVs is typically closer to 20-40 miles at most, not even close to the hundreds you’ll find in a typical battery-electric vehicle.