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Cal on August 13th, 2017

A review of trends in the electric vehicle market from the International Monetary Fund found that, in the four years ending in 2015, the pace of growth in EV sales was 120%. Using the transition in the 20th century from horse-drawn carriages to fuel-powered vehicles as a benchmark to measure progress, the report found that […]

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Cal on August 2nd, 2017

World crude oil consumption could peak as early as the end of the next decade as electric vehicles become more popular, according to Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO.  Yet crude oil will still be needed for decades to come as it is likely to remain the main transportation fuel for planes, ships and heavy trucks. US crude […]

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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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Cal on July 20th, 2017

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a low-cost, scalable approach to developing all-solid-state batteries, improving prospects for scaling up the technology for widespread use in electric vehicles, communications and other industrial applications. Described in a paper in the journal Chemistry of Materials, the approach involves substituting germanium in the solid electrolyte for two […]

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Cal on July 14th, 2017

Global research institute McKinsey & Company has analyzed current energy storage prices and concludes that commercial businesses are getting the economic benefits of cheaper batteries and recent price falls in lithium-ion technology. With battery-pack costs now down to less than $230/kilowatt-hour (vs $1,000/kWh in 2010) storage demand is on the rise across Europe, Asia and the […]

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Cal on July 12th, 2017

  A recent report from the US Energy Information Administration on energy production shows that wind and solar, despite receiving tens of billions in government subsidies, provided only 3.2% of the country’s total energy in 2016. The EIA data revealed that fossil fuels, nuclear and hydro provided more than 90% of 2016 US energy production with rising […]

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Cal on July 6th, 2017

  Many people in colder climates wonder about how an electric vehicle performs in winter, especially with the extra energy required to heat the vehicle as well as power through the snow and ice. Green Car Reports looked into this and has provided two articles on this topic:  Driving electric cars in winter: tips from […]

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Cal on July 5th, 2017

Recent estimates of methane gas hydrate deposits around the world suggest that they contain perhaps more organic carbon than all the world’s crude oil, natural gas, and coal combined. Once extracted, 1 cubic metre of methane hydrate releases 164 cubic metres of conventional natural gas. Estimates very from 10,000 trillion cubic feet to more than 100,000 […]

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