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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.


The Future of the Diesel is…

Many Newspapers report (Article in German):

“Nach meinen Informationen ist nicht eine einzige Typenzulassung für Euro-6d-Fahrzeuge beim Kraftfahrtbundesamt beantragt worden”, sagte der stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Grünen-Bundestagsfraktion, Oliver Krischer. “Die Automanager reden von nichts anderem, als von diesen Euro-6d-Fahrzeugen. Aber man kann sie nicht kaufen, nirgendwo”, so Krischer.

Since September, there have been no recorded type registrations of Euro-6d cars. These would be the first Diesel cars that stay within the NOx limits not only in a lab, but also under real conditions. They cannot be bought, anywhere.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen Dealerships are suing Volkswagen:

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The Pro-Diesel propaganda engine is revving up

Diesel, pessimized.

German news are full of articles that are Pro-Diesel, Pro-ICE. Be it outright morale-boosters and literal reassurances (Article in German), or weird articles in which the author is purposefully stupid to have a bad experience to report (Article in German).

Of course nobody in their right mind believes that. The world, the entire world, is slowly converging on the idea that our next version of four wheeled individual transport is electrically powered, and that your current ICE car probably has not much resale value. How little? Could be zero, soon.

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Where should FastNed build their next charger?

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Fastned is looking for new places for charging stations. We are looking for easy to reach places that are reachable around the lock. To build, we need 400m^2 along an Autobahn or Bundesstraße, or 150m^2 in cities.

Find more information about FastNeds placement critieria in our presentation.

If you are an owner or think you can otherwise helpful in location selection, please contact us via

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How many chargers are necessary to convert the Netherlands to electric cars?

Here is the question:

How much infrastructure do we need when ALL 8 million vehicles (and buses and trucks!) in the Netherlands go electric?

The answer will surprise you: we could get to 100% electric transportation in the Netherlands, just by converting the 4000 existing gast stations to fast charging stations which have an average of 14 fast chargers.

The article then plays with numbers a bit: Kilometers driven, electricity used, number of chargepoints, charging rates.


And the cost of energy storage?

Kittner, Lill and Kammen made use of a model similar to the one for PV pricing in their Paper Energy storage deployment and innovation for the clean energy transition (PDF) to model and predict pricing for batteries.

A deeply decarbonized energy system research platform needs materials science advances in battery technology to overcome the intermittency challenges of wind and solar electricity. […] Here we analyse deployment and innovation using a two-factor model that integrates the value of investment in materials innovation and technology deployment over time from an empirical dataset covering battery storage technology. […] We find and chart a viable path to dispatchable US$1 W−1 solar with US$100 kWh−1 battery storage that enables combinations of solar, wind, and storage to compete directly with fossil-based electricity options.

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Evaluating the Changing Causes of Photovoltaics Cost Reduction

Evaluating the Changing Causes of Photovoltaics Cost Reduction

Why is PV Solar Energy getting cheaper and cheaper?

We find that increased module efficiency was the leading low-level cause of cost reduction in 1980-2001, contributing almost 30% of the cost decline. The most important high-level mechanism was R&D in these earlier stages of the technology. After 2001, scale economies became a more significant cause of cost reduction, approaching R&D in importance. Policies that stimulate market growth have played a key role in enabling the cost reduction in PV, through privately-funded R&D and economies of scale, and to a lesser extent learning-by-doing

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