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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.

Our editors took a wrong turn somewhere; that's why April's edition of the State of Charge finds itself in your inbox early May...  On the flip-side, that means two newsletters this month! 🎉 In this edition, we have a designated section for anything related to Covid-19. Tired of Corona news? There's plenty of other interesting reads! And make sure to scroll down to listen to Chargetrip's CEO in our recommended podcast!

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SoC Big Story

According to new research published in Nature, the Earth's oceans can be restored within a generation. Although humans have inflicted severe damage over the last centuries, conservation successes show that our oceans have incredible resilience. We're not in the clear, and immediate drastic steps need to be taken, but according to the study, we're facing an uphill battle and not a lost fight.
 
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The State of Charge February 2020 

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the latest EV sales statistics from around the world. EV sales of in February are, not unsurprising, on the low side.
 
State of Charge - Stats

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

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SoC Must Read 

We're shifting to a world powered by renewable energy; at this point, it is the only way forward. Not only is it less polluting and more economical, but green utilities have also become the safer investment, especially in times of crisis. What are the most promising technologies at the moment? Press the read more button for the article.
 
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SoC Covid Section

In the last couple of weeks, we've seen oil prices tumble and reach record lows. Oil and gas companies are in turmoil and trying to use the pandemic to roll back environmental regulations. But for some of those companies, government bailouts and the loosening of restrictions won't suffice anymore.

Another polluting industry suffering deeply from the lockdown is the airline industry. In both Europe and the US, massive bailouts of the industry are being completed. But this is met with some fierce critique. The UN chief, António Guterres, has called on governments not to use taxpayer money to rescue polluting industries. There's also criticism from within the industry. Why do certain airlines get cash, while others are left out? Finally, this time, some politicians are wary of giving out taxpayer money without demanding steep emission cuts.

Although we are still very much in the middle of this pandemic, this storm will pass eventually. But how will the choices we make now influence our future? And also, what will that future be? We've selected two articles for you to read on this topic, find them here and here.

Lastly, the lockdown, of course, has many unintended consequences. For example, car crashes are down since we're all stuck at home, and in India, the skies are suddenly clear. Another significant side effect of the lockdown is people losing their jobs and their income. What to do with workers that are stricken by this crisis? In Pakistan, they've decided to let them plant trees.

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SoC Deep Dive 

This month for our Deep Dive, an exciting article on the impermanence of Permafrost. Deep below the surface of Fox Alaska, scientists are rushing to understand permafrost before it's gone.
 
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SoC Other News

Last month the 3.0 version of the CHAdeMO EV quick charging protocol was announced. It can charge with speeds up to 500 kW, has embedded liquid cooling technology, and, of course, bi-directional charging. CCS has been the more popular connector over the last couple of years, but with the new 3.0 version, CHAdeMO is making a come back. 

Another battle is taking place in the e-mobility industry. Europe is spending billions on battery research, trying to catch up with China and Asia in general. But is it money well spent, or are they too late to the show?

Listen to the first concept sound for the new BMW i4 Sport, created by composer Hans Zimmer.

We thoroughly enjoyed reading this interview with E.O. Wilson, an authority on ants, biodiversity, and evolutionary theory. His work is known and respected all over the world, but it has also often sparked controversies and led to fierce public debates.

SoC Watch This
LightSail2 was put in orbit last August. In this short clip Bill Nye explains the science behind these fossil fuel free Solar sails

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SoC Listen to This

This month, we've selected an episode from This Week in Cleantech, a weekly podcast presented by David Hunt, CEO, and founder of Hyperion Executive Search, specialized in the cleantech and energy sector.

Last week he spoke with Chargetrip's CEO Gideon van Dijk on how and why Chargetrip was founded, the challenges of running a clean-tech company, and why he chose to become an entrepreneur. 
 

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