Posts Tagged ‘Electric vehicles’

An early adopter of electric vehicles, but increasingly I feel duped

Thursday, June 8th, 2023
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Electric motoring is, in theory, a subject about which I should know something. My first university degree was in electrical and electronic engineering, with a subsequent master’s in control systems. Combine this, perhaps surprising, academic pathway with a lifelong passion for the motorcar, and you can see why I was drawn into the early adoption Read more

Human rights abuses exposed in EV battery supply chains

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
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Human rights abuses and environmental violations have been uncovered in the Philippines and Indonesian nickel supply chains, a major component of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. A report released by the London-based Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) revealed that these supply chains provide batteries to major companies such as Panasonic, Tesla and Toyota. The Read more

The oily truth about PHEVs and EVs fuel use

Thursday, March 9th, 2023

Manufacturers of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) make various claims about their vehicles’ fuel use. Some say it’s very low and provide numbers to prove it. Consumer NZ, with support from Te Manatū Waka–Ministry of Transport, decided to investigate to see if these suggestions were true. They assessed fuel use in five PHEVs and five Read more

Are NZ electric vehicles green? Yes but maybe no

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
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The number of electric vehicles on the world’s roads is surging, hitting a record number last year. That would seem to be good news, as the world tries to wean itself off fossil fuels that are wrecking the global climate. But as electric cars become more popular, some question just how environmentally friendly they are. Read more

Lithium mining not environmentally friendly to Indigenous religions

Thursday, July 15th, 2021
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One autumn evening four years ago, Ivan Bender, a Hualapai man in his mid-50s, took a walk with his fluffy brown-and-white Pomeranian, Sierra Mae, to check on the ranchland he tends. Nestled in western Arizona’s Big Sandy River Valley, the ranch protects Ha’ Kamwe’ — hot springs that are sacred to the Hualapai and known Read more

The blind, head-long rush to electric vehicles is pretty myopic

Thursday, June 10th, 2021
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One of the authors of a recent paper comparing the costs and emissions of electric and petrol-powered cars in Aotearoa New Zealand, Associate Professor Ralph Chapman, says a “blind, headlong rush to electric vehicles is pretty myopic”. “We shouldn’t delude ourselves electric cars are good. They’re just not as problematic as what I call ‘fossil Read more

Vatican to replace service vehicles with all-electric fleet

Monday, November 16th, 2020

As part of its long-running efforts to respect the environment and reduce its use of resources, the Vatican said it was gradually trying to replace all its service vehicles with an all-electric fleet. “Soon we will start collaborating with automobile manufacturers who are able to provide electrical vehicles for evaluation,” said Roberto Mignucci, director of Read more

Germany’s electric vehicles emit more Carbon Dioxide than diesel vehicles

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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A study by the IFO think tank in Munich found that electric vehicles in Germany emit 11 – 28 percent more carbon dioxide than their diesel counterparts. The study considered the production of batteries as well as the German electricity mix in making this determination. Germany spent thousands of euros on electric car subsidies per Read more