Süddeutsche Zeitung reports (article in German) about German car makers, German politicians and Science clashing, hard.
So recently it was found that under non-lab conditions Euro 5 and Euro 6 Diesel cars are actually emitting more NOx than Euro 4 Diesels. In fact, they are a factor of six to seven over the limits.
Automobilwoche (Article in German) reports that the German fish company Deutsche See is going to buy 80 streetscooters from Deutsche Post. That will make them the first customer of the electric delivery cars produced by Deutsche Post.
Deutsche Post originally had urban electric delivery cars built by a startup in Aachen, later bought that startup, so they are now making these cars for themselves. Recently Deutsche Post announced to also sell the cars to third parties and expand the model palette upwards and downwards to electrically powered delivery bicycles. They are going to make up to 20.000 vehicles this year.
Deutsche See is being quoted: “Volkswagen couldn’t and wouldn’t deliver an electrical utility vehicle solution within a ten years timeframe.” They also have an 11.9 million Euro lawsuit against Volkswagen going, because they feel being defrauded by Dieselgate after purchasing Diesel vehicles with Blue Motion technology.
A talk by Marco te Brömmelstroet and others about how neither the Bike nor the train themselves are a viable transport alternative, but how they together are much more than the sum of their parts:
Looking at Berlin in the 70ies, you can also see how much cities change with more cars – the images here look unreal to anyone used to todays cities.
There is an older article in The Economist about Parking in Cities, and Zoning rules that require building parking spaces when building new housing.
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.«
Technology Review has an article about wind power in Texas.
With nearly 18,000 megawatts of capacity, Texas, if it were a country, would be the sixth-largest generator of wind power in the world, right behind Spain.
Texas profits from an electric power network built in 2007, whose purpose is to bring wind power generated in the desolate west and north parts of the state to the big cities in the south and east.