1) VW is planning a US$21,000 subcompact electric to challenge Tesla

2) This Electric Scooter For Adults Might Replace My Need For a Second Car

3) Puerto Rico Considers 100% Renewable Energy, But Natural Gas May Come First

4) Tesla reaches 10 billion electric miles with a global fleet of half a million cars

5) UK’s largest van companies’ agree to go electric

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1) VW is planning a US$21,000 subcompact electric to challenge Tesla

As German Automaker Volkswagen struggles to recover its image post emissions scandal, the company has gone all in with electric vehicles. The I.D. line of electric vehicles will eventually encompass 50 models. Based on inside information they intend to beat Tesla’s early mover advantage gaining market share from Model 3 with a new entry into the game. The $21,000 VW EV in the works called the I.D. Neo and will begin sales in 2020. With less complexity and fewer model variants, VW may be able to produce the car in roughly half the time needed to assemble a Golf hatchback according to sources. A mid-sized electric sedan and station wagon named I.D. Aero could add production of another 100,000 cars per year as VW seeks to maintain relevance and market share.

VW is planning a US$21,000 subcompact electric to challenge Tesla

 

2) This Electric Scooter For Adults Might Replace My Need For a Second Car

 

The Unagi is a happy medium between the car and walking. The e-scooter has greatly expanded the range of where a person can go when time is limited, without requiring a car or transit. Designed for adults, it initially appears to be a grown up version of a child’s toy. Upon closer inspection, the reality that it is a robust and engineered product made of carbon fibre and machined aluminum becomes apparent. With a motor on each wheel, the unit is able to tackle hills without a significant drop in speed making it a realistic way to cleanly get from A to B quickly.

 

This Electric Scooter For Adults Might Replace My Need For a Second Car

 

3) Puerto Rico Considers 100% Renewable Energy, But Natural Gas May Come First

 

Hospitals in Puerto Rico got an infusion of solar power from Tesla after Hurricane Maria struck in 2017. There was talk then of a renewable energy revolution as the island considered how to rebuild its broken power system. The idea has merit: a fossil fuel based energy system is expensive and dirty and relies on external forces. A solar or wind based system is independent, costs less to install and is capable of producing energy at a fraction of the cost of the fossil fuel based systems. But for now, the political will is not quite there. With a goal of 100% renewable by 2050, the interim appears to be a switch to natural gas plants and a slow transition to clean energy.

 

Puerto Rico Considers 100% Renewable Energy, But Natural Gas May Come First

 

4) Tesla reaches 10 billion electric miles with a global fleet of half a million cars

 

In yet another world first for Tesla, their cars have reached more than 10 billion miles travelled. Having produced more than 500,000 EV’s the company is by far the largest EV manufacturer in the world. On average, Tesla drivers complete almost 20 million miles per day – close to 4 times the average from just 2 years ago. Increasingly, owners are also investing in solar systems for their homes and offices, allowing them to drive with the power of the sun – the ultimate in clean technology.

 

Tesla reaches 10 billion electric miles with a global fleet of half a million cars

 

5) UK’s largest van companies’ agree to go electric

 

16 of the UK’s largest fleet companies are set to launch the Clean Van Commitment, to signal their promise to the environment. The companies will invest £40 million in rolling out zero emission models over the next two years as part of plans to replace 18,000 diesel vans over the next decade. The Commitment also involves switching a proportion of their fleet, 2,400 vehicles, to electric by 2020. Research from the University of Oxford and the University of Bath has shown that the total health cost to the UK from dirty fossil fuel powered delivery vans is £2.2 billion each year. These 16 fleets will pave the way for the national fleet of 4 million vans to become zero emission, which will significantly improve the air locally and globally.

 

UK’s largest van companies’ agree to go electric

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