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Kia, Maxus, Stellantis, Polestar are taking part in the 1,200-mile EV Rally Of Scotland

The EV Rally of Scotland (EVROS) is a demonstration of Scottish EV charging infrastructure, combined with clean and innovative vehicle technology. The idea is to show that EV use across Scotland, and the rest of the UK, is not just ‘for the odd occasion’… It can be a ‘daily occurrence’… ‘the norm’!

The EVROS taking part during COP26. On Monday electric vehicles set off from Glasgow on a 5-day, 1200+ mile ‘e-Tour of Scotland’, taking in many of the beautiful landmarks in the country, but most importantly, showcasing the charging infrastructure across the region at the same time.

By the end of the week, the EVROS will have taken in every corner of Scotland, including a Western Isle, and will have completed more than 1900 km (1200 miles).

Participating EV automakers include Kia, Maxus, Stellantis, and Polestar.

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Elsewhere » Irish Tech News

 

Sales headed towards 5.6 million EVs in 2021 as automakers target 40 million per year by 2030

Source » BloombergNEF

Global momentum towards zero-emissions has accelerated significantly in recent years. In spite of the global supply chain shortages, EV sales are on track for around 5.6 million units this year, up from 2.1 million in 2019, and 3.1 million in 2020.

Bloomberg’s Zero-Emission Vehicles Factbook notes, the “global clean road transport market” will be worth around $244 billion this year. The report was released simultaneously with a pledge by several leading automakers who collectively committed to sell around 40 million EVs per year by 2030.

Bloomberg »

Passenger electric vehicle sales are set to jump over 80% in 2021, to 5.6 million units, off the back of unprecedented industry and government commitments around the world over the last two years, according to the Zero-Emission Vehicles Factbook, a special report published today by BloombergNEF (BNEF), at the request of the U.K. COP26 Presidency and in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The Factbook documents the progress that has been made towards global net-zero emissions in the road transport sector, and shows that the future is brighter than ever for zero-emission vehicles. In the first half of 2021, sales of passenger electric vehicles (including battery electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles) were 140% higher than the same period in 2019, reaching 7% of global passenger vehicle sales. This compares with just 2.6% in 2019, the year of the last UN Climate Change Conference.

The total global fleet of passenger electric and fuel cell vehicles now totals nearly 13 million, of which 8.5 million are true zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), either battery electric or fuel cell (still, fuel cell vehicles account for a fraction of that total). The latter figure is up from just 4.6 million at the time of COP25. At the same time, by 1H 2021, the global fleet of zero-emission buses has increased by 22% since 2019, and we expect 18% of all municipal buses on the road to be zero-emission at the end of 2021.

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Source » BloombergNEF

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Six automakers sign the Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans and commit to end fossil-fuel vehicles by 2040

The Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans, announced at the COP26 climate summit, includes a commitment to “work towards all sales of new cars and vans being zero emission globally by 2040, and by no later than 2035 in leading markets”.

Ford, General Motors, Geely-owned Volvo, Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz, BYD, and Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover all signed the commitment.

Major automakers notably absent include Toyota (unsurprisingly*), Volkswagen, BMW, Renault, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, and Stellantis.

Toyota Motors is the third most obstructive company in the world, actively lobbying against national climate policies. They are third behind gas and oil giants ExxonMobile and Chevron.

Chinese-owned Sweden-based Volvo has already committed to going fully electric by 2030.

Countries that did sign the declaration include » Austria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

Major auto producing countries notably absent include » China, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

Canadian provinces of British Columbia, and Quebec also committed.

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Envision debut new colours for Formula E Season 8 at COP26

Formula E‘s Envision team livery was unveiled at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

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Formula E – The first season 8 livery reveal happened today at COP26 as Envision unveiled their first car as full owners of a team.

Envision teamed up with Virgin Racing in season 5 at the start of the Gen 2 era and, after three seasons as the team’s title sponsor, will now take over from Virgin as the team now becomes Envision Racing.

“We would like to thank Virgin for all their support and wish them every success for the future,” said Envision Racing’s Managing Director, Sylvain Filippi. “We are raring to go for the new season and hugely motivated about the potential of Formula E in supporting sustainable progress.”

The team’s season 8 livery was also unveiled and marked itself as dramatically different to the silver, red and purple designs that had identified the team until now. The Envision team will now head to track with a green and blue paint job, which represents the company’s push for renewable energy.

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Elsewhere » Why a Racing Team, of All Things, Is at the COP26 Climate Summit » The Drive

Jaguar Land Rover to provide a fleet of EVs for world leaders at COP26

Jaguar I-Pace

A fleet of electrified Jaguar Land Rover vehicles – including Jaguar I-PACE – will deliver zero-emission luxury transport for world’s leaders and their teams at the COP26 summit starting in Glasgow in the next few days.

Thierry Bolloré, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are delighted to partner with COP26 and provide a fleet of all-electric Jaguar I-PACE performance SUVs to deliver zero-emission transport at the summit.

In February, Jaguar Land Rover set the goal of achieving zero tailpipe emissions by 2036, and net zero carbon emissions across our supply chain, products and operations by 2039.

Bolloré, said, “Sustainability is at the core of our business strategy, Reimagine, which enables us to focus on becoming net carbon zero by 2039 as the creator of the world’s most desirable modern luxury vehicles.”

Leaked documents show how countries are trying to change a crucial scientific report on how to tackle climate change

Justin Rowlatt & Tom Gerken, BBC »

The leak reveals Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia are among countries asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels.

This “lobbying” raises questions for the COP26 climate summit in November.

The leak reveals countries pushing back on UN recommendations for action and comes just days before they will be asked at the summit to make significant commitments to slow down climate change and keep global warming to 1.5 degrees.

One senior Australian government official rejects the conclusion that closing coal-fired power plants is necessary, even though ending the use of coal is one of the stated objectives the COP26 conference.

Greenpeace Unearthed »

Some of the world’s biggest coal, oil, beef and animal feed-producing nations are attempting to strip a landmark UN climate report of findings that threaten those domestic economic interests, a major leak of documents seen by Unearthed has revealed.

The revelations – which show how this small clutch of nations is attempting to water-down the International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) major upcoming assessment of the world’s options for limiting global warming – come just days before the start of crucial international climate negotiations in Glasgow.

They come from a leak of tens of thousands of comments by governments, corporations, academics and others on the draft report of the IPCC’s ‘Working Group III’ – an international team of experts that is assessing humanity’s remaining options for curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or removing them from the atmosphere.

Euronews Green »

China, Saudi Arabia, India and Australia were among those who submitted comments urging scientists to downplay or “omit” phrases about the need to transition away from fossil fuels. Officials from the Australian government reportedly questioned the need for all of its coal-fired power plants to close as part of efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) represents 13 major oil-producing nations. It asked the authors to remove the statement: “If warming is to be restricted to 2°C, about 30% of oil, 50% of gas, and 80% of coal reserves will remain unburnable”.

Also » Nikkei

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