Category: Auto industry

While electric cars clean up the roads, neighbors of auto plants still hit by pollution

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While electric vehicles are better for the environment, the plants that produce them might not be. A new report wants everyone — especially automakers and policymakers — to think about how the production of “green” cars can still be harmful to disadvantaged communities.

The report — Driving Toward Environmental Justice & Health: Challenges, Opportunities & Tools for an Equitable Electric Vehicle (eV) Transition — is led by the consulting firm Empowering a Green Environment and Economy (EGE2). EGE2’s mission is to “work with institutions that make decisions impacting communities of color by helping them collect data to make the best decisions that aren’t harming these communities that are often dealing with political injustices,” according to the firm’s founder, Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome.  

Inside Clean Energy: Batteries got cheaper in 2021. So how close are we to EVs that cost less than gasoline vehicles?

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Despite inflation concerns, EVs remain on a path for price parity with gasoline models.

Exposure to toxic metals may increase risk of clogged arteries

Read the full story from the American Heart Association.

Toxic metals in the environment may increase the risk of atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the arteries that can prevent blood and oxygen from reaching major organs. Arsenic and cadmium, metals that can be found in food, water and tobacco, plus titanium, which can come from dental and orthopedic implants, cosmetics or auto manufacturing, were associated with a higher likelihood of having clogged arteries in the neck, leg and heart in this study of auto assembly workers in Spain.

Current global environmental, occupational and food safety standards may be insufficient to protect people from the adverse effects of metals, according to study authors.

Can industrial hemp become a sustainable building material? These private investors think so

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Hemp advocate Geoff Whaling launches RePlant Hemp Impact Fund to promote hemp as a green industrial material.

‘A long way to go’: How ConEd, Xcel and 4 other utilities are helping cities meet big EV goals

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

From New York City to Los Angeles, cities and utilities face cost, land and grid challenges in their efforts to electrify transportation systems.

White House unveils EV charging action plan, prepares network rollout guidance for cities, states

Read the full story at Smart Cities Dive.

The White House on Monday unveiled an EV Charging Action Plan that sketches out how federal agencies will coordinate on the development of a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers.

The action plan establishes a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, coordinated by the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation, aiming to provide stakeholders with a harmonized approach and single point of contact for charging resources.

The new joint office will be critical to facilitating a smooth and equitable rollout of taxpayer funded infrastructure, said EV advocates. “Too often, localities and other stakeholders can’t easily access federal funding because of difficult grant application processes,” Zero Emission Transportation Association spokesman Daniel Zotos said in an email.

Illinois leaders hope this new law will draw more electric vehicle factories to the state

Read the full story from St. Louis Public Radio.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a tax incentives package Tuesday state lawmakers hope will help Illinois become a manufacturing hub for the budding electric vehicle industry.

The Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois, or REV Act, passed the General Assembly with near-unanimous bipartisan support during the recently concluded fall session. It provides tax credits for income tax withheld for EV manufacturers and costs to train new or retained employees.

How Americans’ appetite for leather in luxury SUVs worsens Amazon deforestation

Read the full story in the New York Times.

An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers.

New homes in England must have electric vehicle charging points, government says

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New homes in England will be required to have charging points for electric vehicles, according to plans announced by authorities in the U.K.

After pipeline fights, tribes get chance to tell different story with electric vehicles

Read the full story at Energy News Network.

The U.S. Department of Energy this month awarded groups on the Standing Rock and Red Lake Indian reservations money for an inter-tribal electric vehicle charging network connecting communities in the Upper Midwest.

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