Electric car market goes zero to 2 million in five years

Electric vehicles are the new wave across the world, and which country has the most? 
The Chinese government has been among the most proactive with new energy technologies. As a result of this China now accounts for 40% of the electric cars sold in the world.


Tesla Plans to Power Superchargers Using Solar

Elon Musk has a ready solution to the problem of coal generated dirty energy being used to power the Tesla.
Tesla charging stations will eventually be fully solar powered, using solar roofs, walls, batteries all developed by Tesla. Clearly Elon Musk is in a class way above Henry Ford and perhaps even Steve Jobs.


Learn from Europe’s mistakes with electric vehicles: Folger

The India CEO of Mercedes Benz warns India of supporting electric vehicles too soon.
The German car industry is running scared, it has nothing in its line-up to take on either Tesla or the Chinese electric vehicle makers. And creating a scary scenario is one way to fight a more powerful enemy. Will India give in?


What makes a successful utility-led community solar program?

A great example of how communities are tying up with utilities to become both producers and consumers of energy.
A fresh new world order is being created, though mainstream media has not yet figured it. Imagine a world where communities produce, store and consume energy. All of this done in collaboration with their local utilities who balance the needs of different communities.


Canadian Zero-Emission Vehicle Technology Headed to China

China and Canada have a pollution free tie-up.
The new world order will no doubt have China as perhaps its most important player. And this emerging power is using a new form of environmental diplomacy. This is a first of its kind bilateral agreement, expect many more as China becomes a global power and India aspires to be one.


The climate cost of 100% renewable energy

It will take very limited amount of CO2 production to help make the world 100% dependent on renewables.
This article uses some back of the envelope type calculations to show that it is time to move totally to renewable energy. No doubt, someone will come up with a counter, but to this editor, the socio-economic and environmental benefits of a fast move towards renewable energy is good for both jobs and environment.

Government Actions this week


India's electric vehicle revolution with swappable batteries

This battery swapping mechanism may take 2 and 3 wheelers where 4 wheelers can’t go.
India has many more 2 and 3 wheeled vehicles than 4 wheelers, and together they also pollute as much if not more. Getting them to go electric is therefore the right way ahead.


Texas brings back $2,500 electric vehicle incentive

Another example of how lobbies try to block change, this time in Texas.
The US auto distribution is closely controlled by dealers in sync with the automakers. Tesla introduced company owned dealerships, the dealers in Texas got the state government to not allow Tesla sell its vehicles, and now not make it eligible for electric vehicle subsidies.


Coal imports dip 6% in May on weak demand from power sector

Coal imports have dipped in India, and this time not due to a port strike or recession.
Imports normally fall in recession or when workers strike. But this time, it is simply the lack of adequate off-take of coal. There is too much coal in the short term, and likely in the long term as well. Imports will experience it first, domestic coal mines will be close behind. But what will India do with its lakhs of coal miners? Time to start planning.


295 thermal power plants get more time to meet emission norms

Hundreds of extraordinarily dirty coal-based thermal power plants in India pollute and kill across the country, and they are government owned.
The government has relaxed the deadlines that required coal power plants to use cleaner technologies. Coal power makes the government a lot of money via its public sector undertakings, and this sector is highly profitable. Clearly something is not right. Could it be that the PSUs are taking India and its political masters for a ride?


Despite air pollution, brick kiln permits double in Gurgaon

Haryana the ever-proactive state, decided to allow brick kilns as it really needed those bricks.
India needs bricks and bricks need coal. The practical alternatives are coal flyash bricks and cleaner brick kiln technology. Rather than banning or trying to regulate brick kilns, it would be better if clean brick making technology is made the standard operating procedure.


Ministry seeks GST waiver for e-vehicles

The MHI wants 0% GST in production, while not granting any duty relief to import of electric vehicles.
Very soon India will depend less on the petroleum ecosystem as a new renewable-electric one is being created. Since new technologies are rapidly reducing costs it is best to not grant any special tax reliefs to EVs or other renewable based options. Rather use the extra revenues to create a better ecosystem for the renewable sector.

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