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Welcome to a new edition of the State of Charge newsletter — a concise monthly overview of the renewable energy and e-mobility transition.
Today, we read about Toyota’s brand issues with militias and the outlook of the global chip shortage. Also, check out the documentary that won the 2021 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest at the bottom of the newsletter.  🙌

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SoC Big Story

We won’t go into any sociological or political analysis of the events occurring in Afghanistan here; there are better sources for that. Instead, we want to draw attention to a curious fact. TNW wrote about the Taliban and terrorists’ love for Toyota trucks. This appreciation dates back to the ’80s and has been brought back to light due to recent events. Toyota’s vehicles are affordable and well suited for the terrain militias operate in. Although the company has taken some initiatives to limit the “misuse” of its products, it’s nearly impossible to track buyers of used vehicles.

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The State of Charge June 2021 

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 

According to Vox, the global chip shortage that began last year won’t be tackled anytime soon. The issue reached automotive companies first after they canceled orders during the first months of the pandemic. However, by now, the shortage is affecting about 170 different industries, including consumer technology. Intel forecasts that the chip scarcity could stretch into 2023. Click the button below to read the complete article. 

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SoC Good Reads

India’s EV market lags behind Europe’s, with only a few thousand units sold. Nevertheless, the two and three electric wheelers’ market is looking promising. Furthermore, incentives and subsidies are being rolled out both nationally and regionally with mixed results so far.  

Not only did renewable energy production increase in 2020, but last year also marked the biggest growth in power capacity in the US with 489MW of large-scale battery storage added. That’s more than twice the amount added in 2018.

According to a report issued by Atlas Public Policy, the electrification of postal vehicles in the US could save $ 4.3 billion over the entire lifetime of a fleet. The United States Postal Service operates 165,000 trucks, but only a small percentage is being electrified. 

UK utility Western Power Distribution launched a program to detect and address consumer energy poverty. By collecting usage data with smart meters, they aim to help target renewable energy investment and support vulnerable communities.

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SoC Deep Dive 

The European Investment Bank issued a new climate report that provided an overview of European businesses’ perceptions of climate risks, investment to address those risks, and the main factors influencing their decisions. The 13,500 firms surveyed expressed concerns regarding the uncertainty on what specific action they could take to mitigate climate change consequences. Click the button below to go to the report.

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SoC Other News

In 2019 Volkswagen produced 6.8 million wurstel, which is more than the vehicles they sold. Nevertheless, Volkswagen switched their internal canteen in Germany to a vegetarian menu. Ex-German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder was very disappointed about the move, and he felt it was ok to express his feelings on LinkedIn.

Greek scientists began discussing the need to name and rank heatwaves, in the same ways they would do with tornados. Personalizing extreme climate events would increase awareness among the population.

Yale Connections listed five articles that help understand what a “normal” climate is, leaving aside any personal experience each of us has. In fact, for weather specialists, “normal” is a precise technical term. 

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SoC Watch this

Indian documentarian Aarti Shrivastava won the 2021 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest with “The Story of Lumshnong”. The film tells about the impact that the cement industry is having on the Indian forest and the tribal communities that depend on it. The documentary is 23 minutes long, and you can watch it for free below.

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