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What goes into a battery…

Tom Randall has a Twitter thread on battery cost.

Tom Randall has a Twitter thread on things that affect battery price for LiIon battery packs of electric cars. »If lithium prices quadruple, the cost of finished battery packs would only go up 1.6%, and the sticker price of an electric car will see almost no impact. Some people may get rich off metals in the meantime, but it’s not going to slow down the transition to electric cars.«

His research also covers Cobalt, Nickel and Manganese. His estimates:

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Horizontal Space

We mentioned McMansion Hell previously as a Tumblr of the Day. In Looking Around: Horizontal Space, Kate Wagner speaks about the Horizontal City and Flattened America:

If there is one truth about the second half of the 20th Century it is that, by all accounts, we started moving out rather than up; horizontal rather than vertical. Not only through the process of suburbanization, the building of massive highways, and the rapid capital flight from cities, but also in how we designed everything from our homes to our workplaces.

In doing that, Kate also speaks about the Federal Housing Act of 1934, which we met previously in Peter Moskowitz’ “How to Kill a City, Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for the Neighborhood“. Like Peter, Kate highlights how these policies of razing neighbourhoods for highways and the practice of Redlining have been an integral tool for implementing structural racism in the US.

Unwalkable cities didn’t happen by accident, they have been deliberately constructed.

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The large scale impact of offshore windfarm structures on pelagic primary production in the southern North Sea

The large scale impact of offshore windfarm structures on pelagic primary production in the southern North Sea

We are going to build a lot of off-shore wind farms in the North Sea. These have often in deep water where fewer mussels and other animals live. The rotors have foundations, which essentially are forming a lot of shallower islands in the deep water, an artificial riff. This is good for mussels and other animals that like protection, shallower water and a solid base. Life in the sea is likely to become richer and more diverse.


Crossing the Road…

English language video from the French Ministrère de la Transition écologique et solidaire, explaining how cyclists driving at red make crossings safer.

This video explains at length and through examples how allowing cyclists to pass crossings during red lights can make crossings a lot safer. I had this video in my G+ stream yesterday without a lot of explanation, mostly to see who actually watches it and how just runs the usual »Rowdy Cyclists Are Killing Us All« comments by reflex.


The Future of EV…

Chat so:

Ansonsten bin ich dauerhibbelig, weil ich am liebsten noch heute den Wagen verschrotten würde, aber es gibt halt immer noch nicht das E-Auto, das ihn ersetzen kann. Immer nur Weirdmobiles und Prototypen für 2020+.

Also, I am permanently excited, because I’dl like to get rid of the current car ASAP, but the EV that can replace it is not available, yet. Only Weirdmobiles and prototypes for 2020.

That person is not alone:

EU motor industry caution go slow from ICE to #electric cars
But if you’re not in the future, you’re extinct

That model sees the EV transition completed by 2026, with violent change between 2020 and 2025. There is a lot to do right now to prepare – build infra fast, convert model palette, and many more things.