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5 for Friday: It's electric

June 16, 2017

Welcome back to part two in our our series complementing the Here to There podcast. This week we'll dig further into our second episode and its theme of Sustainability. In this episode, we looked at electrification, both of vehicles as well as of the grid in general. We first hit the road in a Nissan Leaf (and later a Tesla!) with electric vehicle evangelist Tim (check out his Tesla in Flagstaff, AZ at left) before heading to the studio to talk to policy manager Andrew from Fresh Energy.

 

If you haven't already, tune in to the episode and hear more. Then, read on:

 

  1. From Phys.org - what if EV charging was cordless? Some of the biggest questions around owning an EV pertain to the battery, specifically, how long the battery lasts and where you can go to get it charged. Stanford University may have solved both problems with its new wireless charging technology. If you're interested in the science specifics, check out the full article for all the details on how this could revolutionize not just charging, but GPS and other features of car technology. Not to be outdone, Purdue announced a new liquid battery that could recharge in minutes. 
     

  2. From Business Insider - does Tesla have a monopoly? No real shock here (especially when you listen to our episode and hear just how impressive the Tesla really is in person), but Tesla is far and away the electric vehicle leader. Not only is Tesla putting more money into EV technology, unlike some of its traditional auto manufacturer counterparts, it is working purely with an EV mindset at its facilities vs. trying to add EV technology into existing facilities and processes.
     

  3. From the Pioneer Press - Minnesota electric vehicle owners will be assessed a new fee in 2018 EV owners in Minnesota will be assessed an annual $75 fee to make up for taxes lost from gas buying. MN adds to a growing list of states that is assessing electric vehicle owners in order to add to "lost" road funds. 
     

  4. From Forbes - electric car price parity is nearly here Faster than anticipated, it appears that electric vehicles will achieve parity with their counterparts as early as next year. This is mostly due to increasing demand, as efficiencies in production and sourcing are leveling out. Considering demand jumped by 37% in 2016, this would put EVs well on their way to not only achieving price parity, but popul-parity as well. 
     

  5. From City Lab - a riddle: if you own an EV over a long period of time, what do you get? A: an even cleaner EV As our electric grid continues to green itself (think less coal, more sun), so too does an electric vehicle that uses electricity as fuel. Now, this isn't a perfectly perfect science since we have a ways to go on truly greening the grid, but we're making progress and that makes EVs even more attractive to those that want to lessen pollution and contribute to more sustainable environmental outcomes. 

 

We'll be back next week to talk connectivity! Subscribe to Here to There to hear all our recent episodes!

 

 

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