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Cobalt Hoarding Ahead of Assumed Electric Car Boom

February 25th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Investors are buying up physical cobalt anticipating that shortages of the metal, a key component of lithium-ion batteries used in electrical cars, will spur prices to their highest levels since the 2008 financial crisis. Prices for cobalt metal have climbed nearly 50 per cent since September to five-year peaks around US$19 ($NZ26.50) a […]

How EV West Recovers Battery Modules from Wrecked Tesla Vehicles

February 25th, 2017

Ever wonder what the highest power density battery modules in the world look like? Via: Jehu Garcia:

Tesla Will Double Number of Supercharger Locations in North America in 2017

February 22nd, 2017

Via: The Verge: Tesla will double the number of Supercharger locations in North America in 2017, the company revealed today in its quarterly letter to shareholders. The company currently has 2,636 Superchargers at 373 locations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and plans to have twice as many locations open by the end of […]

U.S. Solar Capacity Nearly Doubles in One Year, Blows Away Previous Records

February 15th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: Green Tech Media: In its biggest year to date, the United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,626 megawatts of solar PV installed in 2016. This represents a 95 percent increase over the previous record of 7,493 megawatts installed […]

Daimler to Convert Engine Production to Electric at Its Largest Factory

February 14th, 2017

The simplicity of EV powertrains, compared to internal combustion, means that, “The plant will require significantly fewer employees.” Via: Electrek: Daimler has ambitious plans for electric vehicle production. It is among the few major automakers that not only have accepted the transition to fully electric propulsion in the auto industry, but who have also committed […]

For the First Time, Wind on the Plains Supplied More Than Half Region’s Power

February 14th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Wind turbines across the Great Plains states produced, for the first time, more than half the region’s electricity Sunday. The power grid that supplies a corridor stretching from Montana to the Texas Panhandle was getting 52.1 percent of its power from wind at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, Little Rock, Arkansas-based Southwest Power Pool […]

Proterra CEO Thinks One Third of New Transit Buses Will be Electric by 2020

February 13th, 2017

Via: Green Car Reports: While electric cars continue to establish a beachhead in the consumer market, electric buses are making quick inroads with U.S. city transit authorities. Several companies already manufacture electric buses, which now operate in several cities around the country. But the CEO of electric-bus maker Proterra believes these vehicles will soon challenge […]

TOSHIBA: ‘GOING CONCERN’ WARNING

February 13th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Toshiba Corp. shares fell as much as 3.1 percent after the Nikkei newspaper said the company will warn that it may not be able to continue as a going concern when it reports earnings later on Tuesday. Toshiba is getting ready to announce a writedown of as much as 700 billion yen ($6.1 […]

Britain: Electric Vehicle Registrations Rise to Record in January

February 6th, 2017

Via: Guardian: Alternative fuel vehicles, mainly electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf, increased by a fifth to reach a record 4.2% share of new vehicle registrations, beating a previous high of 3.6% in November last year. Petrol cars were also up strongly, gaining 8.9%, with diesel car registrations down 4.3%, continuing the fall seen […]

Shell Will Start Installing Electric Vehicle Chargers at Its Gas Stations This Year

February 1st, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: Electrek: In a future where the world’s car fleet is rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles, gas stations will be forcefully downgraded to simple convenience stores and consequently, they will lose a significant revenue stream brought in by people stopping for gas but buying something […]

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