International consultancy company DNV GL projects natural gas will become the world’s largest single source of energy after 2034. DNV GL predicts that global demand for energy will flatten in 2030, then steadily decline over the next two decades, thanks to steep changes in energy efficiency. Fossil fuel’s share of the world’s primary energy mix will reduce from 81% currently to 52% in 2050. Demand for crude oil will peak in 2022, driven by expectations for a surge in prominence of light electric vehicles, accounting for 50% of new car sales globally by 2035. Renewable energy sources will continue to rise, making up nearly half of global energy supply by 2050. Expenditures on fossil fuels will drop by more than half from around $3.4 trillion annually today to $1.5 trillion annually in 2050, while non-fossil energy expenditures show the reverse trend, increasing five-fold from around $500 billion/year today to $2.7 trillion/year in 2050.

Australia has set up a government fund to provide $100 million in low-interest loans to encourage people to choose electric and hybrid vehicles. Motorists who choose an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle can access a 0.7% discount on finance used to buy or lease a new car. The move was criticized by the Electric Vehicle Council. Chair Behyad Jafari said:

“This initiative is a small step relative to what we need to do. We still haven’t seen an overarching national policy come through to kick-start the electric car market.”

Japanese automaker Mazda announced that all of its cars will be electrified by 2035. The company expects its lineup would consist of mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric models. Mazda expects its autonomous cars to be available by 2025.

Jaguar Land Rover said its entire fleet of new vehicles will be electric or hybrid-electric starting in 2020.

BMW announced it will have 12 all-electric cars and 13 hybrids on the market by 2025. This revelation comes as European auto companies position themselves to get ahead of government mandates requiring low- and zero-emission cars and trucks to cut pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Christchurch, New Zealand will be the first city in the southern hemisphere to use a fully electric residential waste collection truck. Able to travel 200 kilometers on a single charge, the truck will collect waste from 1200 to 1500 homes per day. (See photo above.)

In November an electric car sharing scheme will begin in Christchurch to allow residents and businesses to borrow cars to run between hubs spread around the city. Initially a pool of 70 electric vehicles will operate from three hubs across the city, with a further 30 cars in 10 locations to follow in February, 2018. The service will be available to the public and to 11 initial government operations and businesses, including the Christchurch City Council and the  Canterbury District Health Board. City Council announced it will be retiring its 52 petrol cars and use car sharing instead.

Research and Markets has issued a report on the Global Electric Vehicle Charger Market: 2016-2022. The AC (alternating current) electric vehicle charger market is estimated to reach 23.13 million units by 2022, growing at an annual rate of 27%. The DC (direct current) electric vehicle charger market is predicted to reach 3.46 million units, growing at a 31% annual rate. Wireless chargers are also expected to grow at 31% yearly rate. The highest growth is expected to be in the US (around 30%) followed by Asia-Pacific and Europe. Growth in the electric vehicle charger market will be driven by the significant number of electric vehicles that will be on the world’s roads over the next few years.

The UK announced it will be installing solar panels on 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales. Free to tenants, the panels will initially be made available to residents of a sheltered retirement home in Ealing in west London.

 

 

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