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City of Vancouver concerned SHARE NOW's exit will lead to more car ownership | Urbanized
This withdrawal represents a tremendous capacity loss of 43%, given that as of six months ago there were 3,500 carshare vehicles in Metro Vancouver, with free-floating carshare services — Car2Go and Evo — accounting for 80% of the region’s entire carshare fleet.
vancouver  cars  sharing 
5 weeks ago by badeconomist
Electric vehicles: battery overload | Financial Times
A conservative eight-year estimate of battery life could mean 1.1m batteries or 274,000 tonnes of material — metals such as nickel and cobalt — globally in need of recycling or re-use by 2025. That could rise to more than 3m units or 800,000 tonnes in 2026. This would dwarf current recycling capacity, estimated at 85,000 tonnes per year evenly split between Europe and China.

A new 20,000-tonne recycling facility could cost up to $200m and take at least five years to design and build, analysts estimate. Groups such as Umicore of Belgium, with existing capacity of 7,500 tonnes, should begin expanding in the next few years. Safe disposal of waste is an necessary speed bump to a hopeful, rapid take-up of electric vehicles.
recycling  batteries  cars  waste 
6 weeks ago by badeconomist
Volkswagen Hopes Fresh Logo Signals an Emission-Free Future - The New York Times
Executives at Volkswagen, which last year edged out Toyota as the world’s largest carmaker, have hinted that economies of scale have allowed them to push the cost of batteries in the ID.3 below $100 per kilowatt hour. That price is considered the point at which electric cars become more affordable than internal combustion models. Analysts had not expected costs to fall that far for several more years.
electric  cars  batteries 
september 2019 by badeconomist
Driving an electric vehicle saves you big bucks: B.C. Hydro survey | Vancouver Sun
Fish said B.C. Hydro reported that last April that there were slightly fewer than 9,000 electric vehicles on the road. Now there are about 18,000.

By 2030, B.C. Hydro estimates there will be about 350,000 electric vehicles in the province. They will use the equivalent of 1,050 gigawatts hours per year of energy – the same amount of power used by 97,000 homes.
bc-hydro  bc  electric  cars  transportation 
may 2019 by badeconomist
Apartment parking spots going unused in Metro Vancouver | Vancouver Courier
What the study found is that parking supply exceeded utilization by 42 per cent at strata buildings. It was 35 per cent at market rental sites and 41 per cent for mixed tenure and mixed rental.
cars  transportation  vancouver 
may 2019 by badeconomist
Vehicle fleet turnover and the future of fuel economy - IOPscience
We consider how the stock of vehicles on the road evolves following the introduction of a new technology (e.g. electric vehicles) that we assume is so attractive that it immediately achieves 100% of new vehicle sales. This scenario is deliberately extreme, ignoring factors such as current low consumer acceptance of alternative vehicles and the lack of charging infrastructure that could slow adoption. The scenario establishes a lower-bound on the time it takes for the fleet to turn over, assuming that all vehicles remain in the fleet for the term of their useful life. Simulating the evolution of the fleet, we find that it takes 19.6 years for the new technology to account for 90% of the on-road fleet (figure 2), even though the average vehicle lifetime is only 16.6 years (figure 1), because some vehicles remain in use much longer than average, light trucks in particular.
cars  mitigation  transportation 
march 2019 by badeconomist
Who are the gilets jaunes and what do they want? | World news | The Guardian
The first 18 months of Macron’s presidency were defined by his drive for businesses to become more competitive; he cut taxes on companies and transformed France’s wealth tax, easing the tax burden on the very wealthy.

He is now under pressure to consider the gilets jaunes’ demands, and to that end the government executed a U-turn on 5 December when it scrapped the fuel tax rise, one day after announcing a six-month freeze on the policy.
france  cars  fuel  taxes  wealth  protest 
january 2019 by badeconomist
Nine countries say they'll ban internal combustion engines — Quartz
Yet despite all these commitments, no country has actually passed a law prohibiting anything. ”There is literally not a single ban on the books in regulatory language that is enforceable in any auto market in the world,” Nic Lutsey, director of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), said by phone.
cars  mitigation  transportation 
september 2018 by badeconomist
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