Category: Auto industry

Tesla has big recycling goals — but is now the time to celebrate?

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

With improvements to manufacturing facilities, Tesla is driving down the amount of waste generated per vehicle and has decreased manufacturing waste by 50 percent in new facilities, such as Shanghai’s Gigafactory. The company is advancing the same downward trend with water and energy intensiveness in manufacturing. 

Millions of electric car batteries will retire in the next decade. What happens to them?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The quest to prevent batteries – rich in raw materials such as cobalt, lithium and nickel – ending up as a mountain of waste.

Biden wants an electric vehicle revolution. Will communities of color be left behind?

Read the full story at NBC News.

While the White House is driving a proposal to accelerate electric vehicle usage to combat carbon emissions, advocacy groups say Black and brown neighborhoods must benefit, too.

‘Green steel’: Swedish company ships first batch made without using coal

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Hybrit sends steel made with hydrogen production process to Volvo, which plans to use it in prototype vehicles and components

EPA dismissed Biden officials’ criticism of auto emissions plan

Read the full story from Bloomberg Green.

White House and other administration officials told the Environmental Protection Agency that its industry-backed plan for tightening auto emissions limits was too lax, but the agency rebuffed those warnings and released the proposal with provisions that could lessen its bite.

There won’t be enough batteries to fulfill the industry’s EV promises

Read the full story at Autoweek.

A lot of electric cars have been promised. Some experts are warning there may not be enough batteries for them all.

‘An enormous lift’: Biden’s goal of 50% EV sales by 2030 will test supply chains, utilities, experts say

Read the full story at Smart Cities Dive.

Biden’s lofty goal will run in tandem to investments in EV infrastructure. But other supports, like to manufacturing supply chains, are needed as well.

Toyota led on clean cars. Now critics say it works to delay them.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The auto giant bet on hydrogen power, but as the world moves toward electric the company is fighting climate regulations in an apparent effort to buy time.

Indiana to test highways that can charge moving EVs

Read the full story at Auto Blog.

Magnetized concrete slabs can charge electric cars driving overhead.

Electric delivery vehicles: When, where, how they’re charged has big impact on greenhouse gas emissions

Read the full story from the University of Michigan.

The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and a lot of attention has been devoted to electric passenger vehicles and their potential to help reduce those emissions.

But with the rise of online shopping and just-in-time shipping, electric delivery fleets have emerged as another opportunity to reduce the transportation sector’s environmental impact.

Though EVs represent a small fraction of delivery vehicles today, the number is growing. In 2019, Amazon announced plans to obtain 100,000 electric delivery vehicles. UPS has ordered 10,000 of them and FedEx plans to be fully electric by 2040.

Now, a study from University of Michigan researchers shows that when, where and how those fleet vehicles are charged can greatly impact their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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