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4IR (wonkish)

January 24, 2018 by Denis Pombriant

[caption id="attachment_657" align="alignright" width="339"] The Age of Sustainability looks at an important inflection point in human history.[/caption] I’ve taken the lead from Paul Krugman who labels some of his blog posts wonkish if the subject gets into the weeds to make a point that might not be appreciated by the...
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Happening in 2018

January 02, 2018 by Denis Pombriant

This will be an important transition year. Car makers are poised to bring to market scores of new electric models in 2019, so in the lead up to that moment, this year will be a time when we all become more familiar with the terms and conditions of electric driving....
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Free market EV success

December 29, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

The free market is gearing up its profile in the electric car market and the immediate results are so-so. Perfect! Nothing goes in a straight line or preferably like a hockey stick when markets are new. You see hockey sticks in hindsight after the great investment opportunities have come and...
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Cars of the year and other important stuff

December 21, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

BMW sold 100,000 electric vehicles in 2017 well ahead of the 60,000 it sold last year. The company sais it plans to offer a dozen fully electric cars by 2025 and it has a 4-door sedan in the pipeline for 2021 according to Tech Crunch. Meanwhile USA Today reports the...
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Disruptive innovation, EV’s and the charging station

December 14, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

King Champ (K.C.) Gillette invented the popular form of the safety razor and made his money selling blades. He was so successful that the approach became a business model and in entrepreneurial conversations phrases like, “We plan to make money on the blades” is all one needs to say to...
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Alt fuels driving K-wave formation

December 11, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

[caption id="attachment_564" align="alignright" width="496"] Mary Barra, CEO, GM[/caption] Have you noticed how petroleum companies like Exxon-Mobile and Shell are talking about their research into alternate fuels or ways of using them that don’t cause pollution such as fuel cells? Those commercials are designed to make us feel good by reassuring...
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Feeding electric cars

December 08, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

Time to build more electric infrastructure… Ford will build a new factory in Cuautitlan, Mexico to produce electric vehicles beginning in 2020. The company also said it will use a suburban Detroit factory in Flat Rock, MI, to build driverless cars, according to the Wall Street Journal. Full story here....
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Watershed year for EV’s coming in 2019

December 08, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

Chinese owned Swedish car company NEVS, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, has announced it is returning the Saab 9-3 to the market as an electric vehicle. The new 9-3 will have a 300-kilometer range or about 185 miles, which should easily be enough to commute to work and perform errands especially...
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Strange reporting in solar market

December 07, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

I collect a lot of information from the Internet about sustainability issues including the photovoltaic market (PV), geothermal energy, wind power, carbon offsets, and more. Generally the articles I find are well written by experts and there’s a high degree of transparency in the coverage. But the latest crop of...
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Aston Martin’s first electric car

December 06, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

In case you were wondering about the viability of the electric car market, you can relax. Aston Martin, the venerable carmaker which has been in the business of making high end luxury cars for over a century, today announced the RapideE a pure electric take on its road-eating 12-cylinder gas...
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