EVs on the rise

Autovista Intelligence:

European governments yesterday agreed to increase the share of electric vehicles (EVs) on their fleets as part of a global deal that could lead to orders for up to 300,000 EVs by 2020.

The Government Fleet Declaration was signed by France, Norway, Sweden and the UK as well as Canada, China, Japan and the US.

Germany is an interesting omission in that. And, I wonder how much that constitutes of the total governmental car park in those countries.

Tesla’s Solar Plans

Tom Randall for Bloomberg Technology on Tesla’s recent SolarCity acquisition:

Tesla isn’t just a car company looking to buy a solar company. It’s also a battery company that wants to link its two biggest markets: energy supply (solar) with energy demand (electric cars).

And later, citing BNEF estimates:

By 2020, Tesla is aiming to bring the cost of battery packs down to about $100 per kWh—from an industry average of $1,000 in 2010

Me thinks, if a single company can connect the dots – between clean energy production, storage, re-selling excess, and usage – it will be hugely successful.

Zugspitze revisited

Not too long ago I joined a 2-day excursion through the Rein valley to Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze.

The experience and the views were amazing. And, while the trails were listed as medium difficulty they did take their toll on my shoes. There’s no knowing what I would have done without the 20 or so meters of duct tape that went into fixing my junky old boots…

Mazda’s plans for the Rotary Engine

Wired writing about my Mazda:

You can’t sneak off to the bathroom at its Hiroshima plant without someone reminding you the rotary is a part of their DNA.

And later:

Even if you run it on gas instead of hydrogen, a rotary is better suited to being a range extender than a conventional engine. That’s because it’s especially efficient at low, constant engine speed (rpms)—which is exactly how a generator runs. Its compact size helps, too.