Deutsche Post tried to purchase a lot of simple and cheap electric vans for delivery of post and parcels – could not find a suitable offer. So they teamed up with StreetScooter Aachen, later purchased the company.
Their vehicles: electric bikes for loads up to 50kg, and the “Work” parcel delivery car. Both have been an unmitigated success, and StreetScooter was swamped with requests from other companies having similar needs.
End Result: doubled production capacity (20k per year), new factory in NRW, Germany, selling vehicles to third parties due to high demand, and a new Scooter, Work L, with double the load.
The full fleet is expected to cover all urban delivery needs, from e-bikes through e-trikes, to electric vans with 4, 8 and 20 cbm transport capacity. Deutsche Post plans to be completely emissions free in 2050.
The Koch Brothers are highly invested into hydrocarbons and desperately need more time to get out of their investment while the world is switching to renewables. So how desperate are they, exactly? Think Progress has a money quote:
Cooke told ThinkProgress that the organization’s fossil fuels art contest is rooted in inclusivity. “Fossil fuels seem to get left out of the Earth Day celebration,” she said via email. “As an energy feminist — pro-choice in energy sources — I feel it’s important to have hydrocarbons equally represented.”
As a friend put it: »If she’s delivering this with a straight face, she’s worth every cent of her salary as a PR-woman.«
An Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), in which cars must meet stringent emissions standards to enter or pay a charge, will now be rolled out from April 2019 instead of September 2020 as previously planned by his predecessor.
“The air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing,” Khan said.
The requirements are Euro 4 for all petrol cars, and Euro 6 for all Diesels. Everybody else pays an additional 12.50 UKP each time they enter the ULEZ.
A long time ago, I wrote a text on the German Blog and on Carta: Wieso wir uns veröffentlichen (Why we publish ourselves). In the middle of a discussion about privacy I was explaining why people publish themselves, why they publicly reveal (sometimes intimate) facts about themselves.
They are doing this, I wrote, to find other like-minded people, to become searchable and to become approachable, to build trust.
Trust is a wonderful thing. It is the powerful assumption that most people most of the time want to help you and that falsely trying out to trust people is a recoverable mistake. Having trust and being in a trustworthy environment keeps transactional costs low and makes cooperation possible. And that’s rewarding and awesome.
The Guardian had in 2010 an article about road casualties in London:
There you will find that the fall of 299 brought the annual total down from 3,526 killed or seriously injured on London’s roads in 2008 to 3,227 in 2009.
That’s an eight percent fall, which is pretty significant statistically. However, in human terms, the fact that well over 3,000 people were killed or seriously injured in both 2008 and 2009 seems rather more significant. That’s nine or ten a day, including 204 people killed in 2008 and 184 in 2009.
We still consider such numbers normal loss of live.