EV trucks save 1.5 times as much emissions as electric cars

Ford Eluminator EV conversion truck

If we were to have every problem shredding every ounce of lithium on the planet just so we could send Gazelle Ton Electric Pickup Trucks And they rush on the road on autopilot, it is better if they are environmentally friendly. All that and more in morning shift On April 11, 2022.

First gear: New study claims 74 tons of CO2 saved versus 45

I think if we’re going to build giant pickup trucks anyway, they might as well be electric. A new study suggests that electric EV trucks have a significant benefit in keeping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, even compared to electric cars. from Bloomberg:

Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States in 2019 sum 6.6 billion metric tons, and the transportation sector was the worst polluter. Sedans, SUVs, and vans account for 1.1 billion metric tons. to me study From the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems commissioned by Ford, over its lifetime, a battery-powered vehicle will reduce emissions by:

  • 74 metric ton for mini truck
  • 56 metric tons for SUV
  • 45 metric ton for sedan

There is, I think, a bigger question of what would happen if all Americans had already tried an electric pickup, and found out they were so bad at towing half a year they bothered, and hated this stuff? Ford seems to know what’s at stake:

“This vehicle is a test for the adoption of electric vehicles,” he said. [Chief Executive Officer Jim] Farley said when the truck was unveiled last May. “We should all be watching carefully how this happens.”

I’m not quite sure what Ford’s contingency plan would be if the lightning flopped. Give up? Blame us?

Second gear: We’ll actually need to extract more lithium

All the saved carbon dioxide doesn’t come out of nowhere! If you want high range, heavy duty electric pickup trucks, you will need giant lithium-ion batteries, which is not free, such as financial times It reminds us all:

Battery manufacturers have warned of a severe lithium shortage, highlighting the need to challenge China’s dominance of raw material supply chains.

Stuart Crowe, president of Lake Resources, said Western companies and governments have failed to build adequate supply chains for lithium, making the sudden boom in electric vehicle manufacturing unsustainable.

“There simply will not be enough lithium on the face of the planet,” he said, “no matter who it expands and who delivers, there will not be.” “Carmakers are starting to feel that battery makers may not be able to deliver.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, this news comes from Australia, the main lithium mining country.

Third gear: I think now Russia has invaded Ukraine, everyone loves hydrogen

On the topic of cleaner transportation, it suddenly appears that Europe is interested in finding alternatives to natural gas now that the country sending natural gas into Europe is committing war crimes and ethnic cleansing. from Bloomberg:

Europe pay for wean herself Off Russian natural gas is raising billions of dollars in new commitments toward building a market for low-carbon hydrogen.

A nearly 450% jump in European gas prices last year has made future-cost green fuels competitive nearly a decade ahead of schedule, according to BloombergNEF. Now, investment funds are joining governments and utilities in ambitious plans to make hydrogen a viable alternative to fossil fuels in manufacturing, transportation and heating.

Phil Caldwell, CEO of Ceres Power Holdings plcHydrogen technology company based in the United Kingdom. “You will see that capital is coming in on a large scale now. There is no going back.”

Momentary energy fads can have real, long-term effects on the road, like the year everyone bought diesel cars in the 1980s when they worried Germany would ban leaded gasoline and wouldn’t be able to drive freely across Europe on vacation.

Fourth gear: GM sales in China down 21%

Things aren’t looking great for GM in China right now, like Car News Reports:

GM’s sales fell 21 percent to 613,000 in China in the first quarter from a year earlier. Sales of its best-selling Chevrolet brand are down nearly 20 percent in the same period, and the shutdown, one of the biggest tests of China’s “zero COVID” strategy, has forced automakers and suppliers to either try to adjust to extreme measures to preserve factories. in operation or closed and risking delays in shipments at a time when demand for vehicles is strong.[…]GM said in March that its manufacturing facilities were operating normally in Shanghai and had not been affected by the city’s closures.

Fifth gear: Nio, VW, SAIC still closed in China due to Covid

General Motors is not alone in having trouble selling cars in China. Hell, a lot of companies struggle to build anything, like Reuters reports. First, there’s the Nio entry-level EV:

On Saturday, Nio said it had suspended production after measures taken by China to contain the recent surge in COVID-19 cases disrupted operations at major suppliers.

“Since March, due to epidemic reasons, the company’s supplier partners in several places including Jilin, Shanghai and Jiangsu have suspended production one by one and have not yet recovered,” the company said in its mobile application.

“Because of the effect of this New He had to stop producing cars.”

But also Tesla and Volkswagen, which are also Shanghai-centric:

Reuters reported that Tesla has halted production at its Shanghai factory since March 28, after the city began a two-phase shutdown that was later expanded citywide.Volkswagen joint venture with FAW . group In Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province, it has been closed since mid-March, while its factory in Shanghai has been closed with SAIC Motor Corp. Closed since 1 April.

Reverse: a metaphor that sets off for the moon

You know, how no one talks about all the other boring Apollo missions where things are he did not do Worsen:

Neutral: How are you?

I have now locked my keys in my car twice in two weeks. How long will I keep my streak going? Maybe I can record some kind of log.