Within the next 5 years Carnival expects to have seven cruise ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ships. the world’s first to run entirely on LNG, and will be delivered between 2018 and 2022. Carnival is the world’s largest leisure travel company.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure is funding LNG as a marine fuel to replace diesel. Unlike diesel, LNG does not cause any sulfur oxide emissions (SOx) and its nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) are reduced by up to 90%. In addition to expanding LNG tank infrastructure in the ports of Hamburg and Bremerhavand and upgrading and converting ships, the Ministry is modernizing the government’s own fleet with LNG engines.

Worldwide copper demand from electric automakers could surge 6,100% by 2040 as electric vehicle sales increase in coming years, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. electronics, Electrical engineering and auto industry applications will send demand for the base metal to record levels. If demand for electric vehicles pans out, copper demand from electric carmakers in 23 years will reach 3.8 million metric tons, the same level that represented 16% of all copper demand globally last year. Bloomberg suggests each EV will need about 60 kilograms of copper for production, but others have forecast more than double that figure.

Update on the proposed California $3 billion subsidy for zero-emission cars: The state government Senate has changed the proposed legislation from a subsidy bill to a study. The Senate removed the measure’s $3 billion this past week but provided no dollar amount to replace it. The change was made because the proposed bill failed to demonstrate exactly where the $3 billion would come from to pay for the program. Instead of providing money for an electric vehicle rebate to purchasers of new EVs, the Senate would direct the California Air Resources Board to research the best ways to provide EV rebates, setting a deadline of January 1st, 2019 to report back to the legislature. The Board would also be tasked with determining the funding levels “necessary” for the zero-emissions vehicle incentive program to support the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The bill has been called the “Tesla bailout bill” because it would provide greater subsidies for those buying full electronic vehicles such as Tesla. Tesla has reached its limits for federal grants this year. The bill has now been sent back to the California legislature for reconsideration.

On March 31st, Hong Kong ended its tax credit program heavily favored toward subsidizing the most expensive electric vehicles. Tesla’s April sales in Hong Kong are reported as zero.

Scotland plans to phase out new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, joining the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and France in moving away from the internal combustion engine between now and 2040. This week the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said:

“Over the next few months, we will set out detailed plans to massively expand the number of electric charging points in rural, urban and domestic settings; plans to extend the Green Bus Fund and accelerate the procurement of electric or ultra low emission vehicles in the public and private sectors; plans for pilot demonstrator projects to encourage uptake of electric vehicles amongst private motorists; and plans for a new Innovation Fund to encourage business and academia to develop solutions to some of our particular challenges, for example charging vehicles in areas with a high proportion of tenements.”

The country also plans to make the A9 its first “fully electric-enabled highway.

Thailand’s Energy Absolute plans to establish and operate 1,000 electric-vehicle charging stations in the Asian country by the end of 2018. The renewable energy company will focus on the city of Bangkok first and then expand into the regions.  Currently there are some 30 EV charging stations in the country although 70 more are expected by the end of the year to be built by automaker BMW and oil and gas company PTT.

The UK city of Oxford is putting 100 electric vehicle charging stations on its residential streets, to be installed over the next year. The project will incorporate six different charging technologies, ranging from cable gullies to retrofitting lamp posts with charging stations. Renewable energy company Good Energy will provide power to the public chargers from its network of solar, hydro, wind and biofuel generators.

 

 

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