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Vattenfall electrifies their own cars

Vattenfall is letting us know (article in german), that they will be chaning their fleet to electric drive – all in all 3500 cars.

Makes a lot of sense if you are in the business of producing electricity. They also will build chargers, they say.

They quote 1700 cars in Sweden, 1100 in Germany and 750 in the Netherlands, to be converted within the coming 5 years.

Vattenfall hat im Januar 2017 mit der über fünf Jahre geplanten schrittweisen Umstellung seines Fuhrparks mit 1700 Fahrzeugen in Schweden, 1100 in Deutschland und 750 in den Niederlanden begonnen. Dies umfasst alle Fahrzeugtypen vom PKW bis zu Technik- und Wartungsfahrzeugen. Die Entwicklung des Marktes für Elektroautos und speziell für leichte E-Nutzfahrzeuge wird für das Erreichen dieses Ziels entscheidend sein.

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Traffic in Berlin

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Earlier this year, Berliner Newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported in Berliner Grundschule kapituliert vor Rasern (article in German) about schools in Berlin Schöneberg taking down their school patrols because the job became too dangerous. Apparently parents bringing their children to schoolby car because traffic in Berlin is dangerous are driving so recklessly that traffic in Berlin too dangerous. Also, said parents were giving a shit about school patrols orders and signage, speed limits or other traffic rules.

The saga continued with a second article (article in German) about schools in Spandau having the same problem. Because of the situation, parents instead of pupils have been employed as school patrol, but to no effect.

First reactions from politics are in (article in German) – now the police are posting speed cams in front of schools, and are doing school patrol work in some particularly affected schools. Also, temporary road blocks (1/2 hour before school begins) are being suggested.

Not just in front of schools, but throughout the city, cycleways are often blocked (article in German, many pics) by parked cars in an extremely dangerous fashion.


Deutsche See vs Volkswagen

A reminder of better times?

Die Zeit reports in German language about Fisch-Supplier Deutsche See suing Volkswagen over Dieselgate, for 12 million Euro in damages.

Deutsche See has dieselfied their fleet in 2010, using Volkswagen cars with BlueMotion. Volkswagen got the contract specifically because they claimed to be greener than the competition, which turned out to be a lie. They now want leasing fees and support cost back, for a fleet of 500 Volkswagen cars.

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Charging many electric cars

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So not every charge of an electric car has to be a fast charge. A small scale pilot in the Netherlands tries to orchestrate the charging of the6000 Teslas, electrek reports, but has been starting with 40 participating owners and their cars only.

The smart charging app has now been opened up to all Testla owners in the Netherlands, and allows them to charge cheaper and greener by in turn allowing the App to orchestrate the charge load on the network.

The Tesla fleet in the Netherlands at the moment represents a charge load total of 60 MW, and is anticipated to approach 10 GW in 2020, but these estimates are probably already invalid and too low.

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Stockholm’s congestion charge vs. Asthma

Inside Science reports on the congestion charge in Stockholm (Link to actual paper). Stockholm always has been a city with relatively clean air and PM10 and NOx levels well below limits. The introduction of a congestion charge in 2007 reduced air pollution in Stockholm by approximately 10 percent. Yet, after several years, Asthma in children 0-5 years old is reduced of 45 percent.

“It appears that what they’ve found is these cumulative effects of pollution,” he said.

The article also reminds city policy makers that a congestion charge can only work if a viable public transport infrastructure is already in place.

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Renewable Energy in Europe

The European Comission just released a press release that shows and explains the use of renewable energy in Europe.

Having achieved a share of 16% renewables in its final energy consumption in 2014 and an estimated share of close to 16.4% in 2015, the EU as a whole is well on track to reach its 20% target by 2020. However, Member States will have to keep up their efforts in order to reach their national goals.


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The coming low carbon age forces a tax on Saudi Arabia

The Guardian reports on the first time ever a tax is levvied after the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia.

Residents of the energy-rich region had long enjoyed a tax-free and heavily subsidised existence but the collapse in crude prices since 2014 sparked cutbacks and a search for new revenue.

They will now get a 5% sales tax on certain good, and that is the result of chronically low crude oil prices. The 2016 budget of Saudi Arabia had a deficit of almost 100 billion dollars, and the government goal is to have a balanced budget by 2020.

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