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Welcome to a new edition of the State of Charge newsletter. A concise monthly overview of the renewable energy transition and the advent of electric mobility. This month we read about energy predictions for 2021, and how Norway is at the frontline of the climate fight while being an oil producer. Also, don’t miss this month’s Deep Dive on fleet electrification! 🙌

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SoC Big Story

None predicted what happened in 2020 in the world. Nevertheless, Bloomberg NEF's energy trend predictions were quite right. Clean energy investments rose, decarbonization targets were set by public and private organizations worldwide, and EV sales increased even more than expected. 

What does 2021 hold for us? Check out the new year's BNEF forecasts below! A sneak preview: it should be another excellent year for EVs.

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The State of Charge November 2020 

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the latest EV sales statistics from around the world.
State of Charge - Stats

These statistics only include 100% Electric Vehicles, no hybrids. Statistics are provided by our partner The Electric Vehicle World Sales Database.

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SoC Must Read 

Norway is the country with the largest share of EVs in the world and is leading the efforts against climate change. But it's also one of the top global producers of oil and gas.

Vox interviewed Bård Lahn, a researcher at Norway’s Center for International Climate Research in Oslo, to understand how politicians and citizens deal with this paradox. 

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SoC Good Reads

The uptake of electric vehicles is a Black Swan moment, a moment that disrupts society out of the blue. But not everyone is prepared for this, least of all traditional automotive companies that haven’t invested enough in innovation over the last decade. Some even tried to discredit EVs with poor PR campaigns. 

2020 was an excellent year for EV sales, especially in Europe where there were almost as many electric cars sold as in China, for the first time ever. But while Volkswagen, Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi sales dramatically scaled, Tesla’s numbers in the old continent didn’t grow as much. How did this happen?

General Electric has engineered a 260 meters tall wind turbine, 33% more powerful than the largest wind turbines in operation today. A prototype is being tested in the harbor of Rotterdam (the Netherlands). 

The decentralization of energy production is disrupting the entire energy sector. The European Commission estimates that by 2050, 37 percent of that energy will come from energy cooperatives. How do these small, local projects co-exist with large-utility scale ones?

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SoC Deep Dive 

Rocky Mountain Institute carried out an assessment of how major US fleet managers are approaching their fleets' electrification. They interviewed 109 fleet managers operating fleets of different sizes. The result is a report full of practical tips to prepare not only fleet managers but entire organizations in their switch to electric mobility.

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SoC Other News

InsideEVs put together a list of helpful buying tips for people looking to pick up a used Tesla. Range always ranks number 1 when evaluating an electric car, new or used. 

Audi has developed a smart power meter that will be installed in all the e-trons sold from now on. The meter will avoid overloading of the local power grid if several EVs are charging simultaneously, and enables V2G technology. 

According to Transport and Environment, in Denmark, 78% of the new busses on the road are electric. Luxemburg and The Netherlands' shares of electric busses are high too. But the situation in other European countries like Germany, Italy and Austria is worrying. 

    •    World’s biggest diesel factory pivots to electric motors
    •    Europe is on the right path towards zero-emissions
    •    The electric cars to look out for In 2021
    •    The world’s first residential/commercial hydrogen battery

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SoC Listen to This

This month we listened to an episode of the Interchange where host Shayle Kann interviewed Melissa Lott, senior research scholar at Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy.

Renewable energy is more popular than ever among consumers and politicians. More and more solar and wind parks are being installed. Due to this, we expect abundant renewables available in the market at certain times. That can be an opportunity or a problem. How to face it?

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