While America sleeps
December 06, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
Part 1 of 2 Civilization faces four major existential threats in this century. They have overlapping and sometimes contrary requirements. They need to be tackled together for they will not resolve separately. Population overshoot or too many people sharing the planet and its dwindling resources. Energy and infrastructure including dwindling...
Four things we need to solve climate change
December 06, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
Like solving Rubik’s cube, fixing climate change involves several simultaneous actions. Here are the primary challenges and how to deal with them. Carbon emissions take up the majority of any climate change discussion. The Paris Climate Accord is all about limiting emissions, car makers try to design cars that pollute...
Green for go
November 22, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
It is encouraging to see so many outlets now offering ideas for solutions to global warming, city crowding and planning, and transportation. It has become too easy to jump on the emissions-are-hurting-us bandwagon and too often that’s as far as people take the issue. They define or diagnose the problem...
January 30, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
[caption id="attachment_790" align="alignright" width="581"] Sun setting on Davos[/caption] The just concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, was a time for world political and business leaders to come together to think bigly. But it would be a mistake to think that a confab of leaders would produce the last...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...