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Hi Again,
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 🎉 booming EV sales, we read about a small village in Mexico battling the construction of a dam, and we listen to a podcast about a letter from Blackrock's Laurence Fink to the CEOs of the world.

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SoC Big Story

Germany has now become the biggest buyer of electric vehicles, overtaking Norway in raw numbers. Sales of new diesel and petrol cars are rapidly declining in Germany and the rest of Europe! The last quarter of 2019 saw EV sales in Europe skyrocket, with an 81% increase in EV sales in the final months of 2019. 

Read the article about Germany here, press the read more button to see stats for Europe's. Chargetrip reports Global EV sales stats every month, see the next item for the latest numbers. 
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The State of Charge December 2019

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the latest EV sales statistics from around the world. All numbers are up! 🥳
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 

We highly recommend you read this article from McKinsey about the impact of the Earth’s changing climate on socio-economic systems across the world. A great introduction to the socio-economic challenges we will face as a species over the next three decades, and why geography is an important determiner in adaptation measures. 
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SoC Good Reads

The Antarctic is heating up, that much we know, but we most definitely hit a new low (or high?) last week when the Antarctic registered a temperature of more than 20 degrees (Celsius) for the first time on record. 

Plans have been drawn up to create an awesome network of chargers along America's highways. This new policy initiative is called Electric Vehicle Freedom Act and would ensure such good coverage, that EV drivers should no longer have to fear empty batteries anywhere in the US. Sounds promising!

Other charge infrastructure news: Porsche has just opened Europe's most powerful charging park in the EU.

The thawing of the permafrost and the melting of the Arctic regions due to rising temperatures will release ancient stores of methane, which was always believed to increase the climate crisis. However, new research shows that it might not be the case. Let's hope they're right!

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SoC Deep Dive 

In the past month, the world has seen a remarkably large drop in emissions of carbon dioxide, the main driver of global warming. The reason isn’t something to celebrate, though.

The coronavirus outbreak in China, which has sickened at least 80,000 people, has shut down factories, refineries, and flights across the country as officials order people to stay home. As a result, China’s carbon dioxide emissions over the past three weeks have been about 25 percent lower than during the same period last year, according to calculations by Lauri Myllyvirta, an analyst at the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air.

This is an excerpt from the excellent Climate Fwd: newsletter. Read the entire newsletter and subscribe.

Also, check out this incredible live map of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

SoC Other News

The existence of the small town of Temaca, Mexico, is threatened by the construction of a large dam that was built to provide the cities of Guadalajara and Léon with water. But a strong grassroots movement has formed over the last decades to combat the finalization of the dam. However unlikely, it now appears, they might stand a chance. 

Australia's latest bushfires were unprecedented in scale and devastated large parts of the country. They also blasted all scientific models. This order of magnitude, really, should not have occurred until the end of the century. With reality now setting in and many communities still disconnected from the power grid, some great initiatives show how technology can help us tackle an uncertain future. 

Always wanted your street to be car free? Use this Life Pro Tip to control the traffic flow...

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SoC Listen to This

This month, we've selected an episode from the Daily by the New York Times. It explains the impact of Laurence Fink's letter to the CEOs of the world, and raises the question of whether big corporations can stop climate change? For example, will the 10 billion $ promised by Bezos to combat climate change have lasting impact?

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