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Deutsche Post makes more StreetScooters

Production Street Scooter in Aachen

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.

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Fossil Fuel Feminism and Inclusivity

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.«

(via Florian)

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Wind Power in Texas, of all places

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.

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War on Diesel

Autoblog reports: London gets an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

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.

Meanwhile, German Automakers are still in denial.

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Strong weak ties

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.

How does this work in practice?

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The Future of Mobility

Electrified. Delegated driving. Sustainable. Mobile connected. Easy vehicle sharing. The future of mobility.

A new player in the electric transport market brings themselves into our awareness with an awesome spot.

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