Back in March, Audi confirmed that its internal combustion engine development program will soon come to a close. The automaker instead aims to focus on electric powertrains, as Euro 7 emissions regulations make ICE-powered machines more difficult to produce and many cities and nations consider banning ICE vehicles in the near future. The initial announcement from the German automaker didn’t put a proper timeline in place, but CEO Marcus Duesmann has added detail to the decision. According to the executive, Audi will no longer develop new gasoline or diesel engines after 2026.
In a major change of tack, Mazda on Thursday announced a large-scale electrification strategy, including plans for a dedicated EV platform by 2025, and other electrified models before then.
Mazda has attempted to keep pace with stricter global emissions standards by increasing the efficiency of its internal-combustion engines, but now it seems the automaker is fully embracing electrification, in a somewhat harried way.
The EV platform will be called Skyactiv EV scalable architecture, and will accommodate a variety of vehicle sizes and body styles, a Mazda press release said, adding that multiple models are planned between 2025 and 2030.
Police departments throughout the U.S. are learning the benefits of electric vehicles! Many departments are investing in EVs for their police force, with Tesla being a popular option for replacing traditional police vehicles. Between fuel and maintenance cost savings and emissions reduction benefits, EVs are charging their way into police forces across the country.
The Bargersville PD in Indiana was one of the first departments to electrify with their purchase of a Tesla Model 3 in August 2019. Since then, they've saved more than $6,000 in the first year of the vehicle's addition and have added three more Teslas to the force. Though the Model 3s are more expensive than the police vehicles they're replacing, the department estimates that each EV will save them $38,000 over six years - the usual lifespan for police vehicles - for a total of $152,000. Read More>>>>
Indiana isn't the only state getting in on the electrification action; California and New York are both seeing multiple police departments switch to electric police vehicles.
How do you make the shift to electric vehicles feel real to vast swaths of America? Make a fully electric pickup truck. Make that the best-selling truck in history, the F-150. And then price it at what can amount to less than the gasoline version.
That’s exactly what Ford has done. With the arrival of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning revealed Wednesday night and starting at $39,974—not including the $7,500 federal EV tax credit or a mandatory destination fee—the idea of going fully electric will make sense to an entirely new group. They’re the ones who have been wowed by Tesla Ludicrous mode launches, Tank Turn maneuvers, and Crab Mode tricks, but don’t have the bandwidth (or the budget) for gimmicks.
The F-150 Lightning will also have a GVWR under 8,500 pounds--unlike the GMC Hummer EV SUT, keeping it in the light-duty category with other passenger vehicles and light trucks.
“We’re not here to make an electric truck for the few—Ford is committed to building one that solves real problems for real people,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford president for the Americas.
Originally posted by Louisiana Clean Fuels | March 3, 2021 | Original Article
On March 2, 2021, six utilities announced their participation in the Electric Highway Coalition, a group consisting of American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corporation, Southern Company, and the Tennessee Valley Authority with the intent to create seamless electric vehicle charging "from the Atlantic Coast through the Midwest and South, and into the Gulf Coast and Central Plains regions."
The plan involves these utilities working together to establish a DC Fast Charging network along major highways in their territories, which would allow EV drivers access to continuous fast charging throughout these states. With charging taking only 20-30 minutes, the hope is that this network will help to promote EV adoption for drivers concerned with vehicle range and travel possibilities.
Originally posted by Cision | September 24, 2020 | Original Article
Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR), a national leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, announced today it is accelerating its climate action goals with a commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company also reaffirmed its continued commitments to grid reliability and affordability for customers.
"Entergy remains focused on helping our stakeholders achieve their most ambitious aspirations in a reliable, affordable and sustainable way through new technologies and innovative solutions. In 2001, we were the first utility in the nation to voluntarily limit carbon emissions and today's 2050 climate commitment is another major step forward in enabling customers to achieve their desired outcomes while consuming the least amount of resources," said Leo Denault, Entergy's chairman of the board and CEO. "As we deliver on our promises to customers, regulators and all key stakeholders, it's critical that we do so in a manner that promotes a cleaner, more sustainable future."
Gov. John Bel Edwards will address his new Climate Initiatives Task Force, which is supposed to come up with ways to reach a statewide “net zero” level of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, during its first meeting on Monday morning at the state Capitol.
The task force also will be briefed on the status of climate change by Virginia Burkett, chief scientist for climate and land use change at the U.S. Geological Survey. Burkett was appointed by Edwards as a non-voting scientific member.
In February, Edwards announced that he wanted to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% by 2025, a 40-50% reduction by 2030 and the net zero goal by 2050. In August, he issued an executive order setting up the 23-member task force, and ordered it to recommend strategies, policies and incentives by February 2022.
Using what could be the ultimate form of social distancing, the real estate company developing The Yards on the Anacostia River waterfront is helping families in Southeast D.C. who are struggling with food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.
“In the early days of the pandemic, we sort of dreamed up this initiative,” said Sunil Seelamsetty, a vice president with the company Brookfield Properties.
Working with the company Optimus Ride, Brookfield put together an effort to use self-driving vehicles to deliver boxes of nutritious food and groceries to families in need.