Looming copper shortfall threatens business sustainability goals: report

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Growing demand for copper from key parts of the energy transition — electric vehicles, solar and wind equipment, and power lines — will likely outstrip supply later this decade, potentially putting the goal of net zero carbon emissions in 2050 out of reach, according to S&P Global analysts.

The energy transition will help drive the total global demand for copper to about 50 million metric tons a year by 2035 from about 25 mmt today, the analysts said in a report released last Thursday.

However, even assuming record levels of mining and recycling, there won’t be enough copper to meet that demand, Daniel Yergin, S&P Global vice chairman, said during a presentation on the study. “This study is a wake-up call,” he said.

A precious metals shortage is pushing Nissan to rent, not sell, electric vehicles to customers

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The circular economy is coming to electric vehicles for both environmental and financial reasons, as a leading Japanese automaker plans on starting a rental scheme for its battery-powered cars.

Drivers interested in making the switch to electric will soon have another option to do so in Japan, as Nissan—manufacturer of the Nissan Leaf, one of the earliest and bestselling electric cars on the market—is preparing to launch a new rental plan for its EVs, the Financial Times reports.

Electric vehicle buyers want rebates, not tax credits

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Financial incentives play an important role in the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. New research, however, finds that not all financial incentives are created equal in the eyes of prospective car buyers, and the current federal incentive — a tax credit — is, in fact, valued the least by car buyers.

2 new Shape partnerships bringing more sustainable materials to auto industry

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A West Michigan Tier 1 automotive supplier is leveraging two longstanding partnerships with overseas metal providers in an effort to bring more sustainable materials to the auto industry.

U.S. electric car sales climb sharply despite shortages

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Americans are buying electric vehicles at a record pace, undeterred by rising prices and long waits for delivery, a further indication that the twilight of the internal combustion engine is on the horizon.

Vehicles that run on batteries accounted for 5.6 percent of new-car sales from April through June, still a small slice of the market but twice the share a year ago, according to Cox Automotive, an industry consulting firm. Overall, new-car sales declined 20 percent.

Companies like Tesla, Ford Motor and Volkswagen could have delivered more electric cars if they had been able to build them faster. The carmakers struggled with shortages of semiconductors, which are even more essential to electric cars than to gasoline vehicles, while prices soared for lithium and other raw materials needed for batteries.

Urban flooding presents challenges for electric vehicle charging stations

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Considerations around sea level rise and intense rains come as the Federal Highway Administration weighs where to effectively locate chargers for the future as more people drive EVs.

Volvo testing next-generation zero emissions hydrogen-powered truck

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Volvo Trucks announced today plans to add new fuel cell electric trucks powered by hydrogen to its product portfolio, in the second half of this decade. The company said that it has begun testing vehicles using the new technology.

The hydrogen-powered trucks would expand Volvo’s CO2-neutral portfolio, which currently includes battery electric trucks and trucks that run on renewable fuels, such as biogas.

Liebherr reveals results of greenhouse gas study

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Consulting firm Frontier Economics, on behalf of equipment manufacturer Liebherr Group, has shared the results of a life cycle assessment analysis related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of construction machines equipped with various drive technologies. The study was conducted to determine how much carbon dioxide (CO2) arises from production to operation through to the recycling of the machines.

The aim of the analysis, Liebherr says, was to comprehensively calculate the emissions of the machines and their drives to recognize and assess how greenhouse gas emissions can be most effectively reduced. The overall life cycle of the machines was analyzed, from the mining and transport of the raw materials to production and the actual operation of the machine to the disposal and recycling.

New model finds best sites for electric vehicle charging stations

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Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a computational model that can be used to determine the optimal places for locating electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities, as well as how powerful the charging stations can be without placing an undue burden on the local power grid.

Cars could get a ‘flashy’ upgrade

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The part of an old car that gets turned into graphene could come back as a better part for a new car.

Rice University chemists working with researchers at the Ford Motor Company are turning plastic parts from “end-of-life” vehicles into graphene via the university’s flash Joule heating process.

The average SUV contains up to 350 kilograms (771 pounds) of plastic that could sit in a landfill for centuries but for the recycling process reported in the debut issue of a new Nature journal, Communications Engineering.