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Cal on August 23rd, 2017

Investment banker Morgan Stanley is bullish on the market for electric grid storage products. “Demand for energy storage from the electric utility sector will grow more than the market anticipates by 2019–2020,” the company predicts in a recent report. Demand for grid-scale storage will increase from less than $300 million a year today to as much as $4 […]

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Cal on August 16th, 2017

Don Walker, CEO of auto parts manufacturer Magna International, takes issue with all the projections for a rapidly evolving electric car world over the next decade. Some forecast that EVs could grow to as much as 25% of the global market by 2025. He warned that the number will be dramatically lower. EVs, he predicted, […]

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Cal on August 9th, 2017

“We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs.” —-  Nitin Gadkari, India’s transport minister, explaining why his country will ban the adoption of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles

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Cal on August 7th, 2017

The world’s first self-driving ship will sail next year. A Norwegian container ship, the Yara Birkeland, will be the world’s first electric, autonomous, zero-emissions ship. With a capacity of up to 150 shipping containers, the battery-powered ship is expected to mark the beginning of a transformation of the global shipping industry. The ship is small compared to modern standards […]

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Cal on August 5th, 2017

1,600 new coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, 700 of these in China. These new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43%. The New York Times commented: “The frenzied addition of coal plants underscores how the world is set to remain dependent on coal for decades,” Chinese companies are […]

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Cal on July 28th, 2017

Research firm MarketLine projects that Europe will overtake the US as the second largest market for electric car sales by 2021. China is the world’s largest market for EVs. The firm says The Paris Climate Change agreement has been a big motivator for the adoption of electric and hybrid cars in Europe. This has resulted in […]

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Cal on July 27th, 2017

Britain announced it will ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. This follows a similar recent announcement by France.  The British ban will also include new hybrid vehicles with an electric motor and gasoline or diesel […]

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Cal on July 26th, 2017

“Currently, there seems to no plan to end the oil glut in sight. The glut seems likely to continue into next year unless a geopolitical upheaval in Venezuela or the Middle East brings about large, unplanned production cuts.” (Energy analyst, Tom Whipple) As of this month, the total US shale basin is producing a record […]

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