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Happy New Year and welcome to the second edition of the State of Charge Newsletter. A concise monthly overview of the renewable energy transition and the switch to electric mobility. This month we take a look at electric rickshaw's and study a landmark report from the United Nations. Continue below the fold. 

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SoC Big Story

A new report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.” You can read the entire IPCC report here or read the NY Times article below.

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SoC Must Read 

Electric Rickshaw's are leading the charge in India’s adoption of Electric Vehicles. What is especially interesting is the fact that this is happening without government subsidies. The Electric Rickshaws are simply outperforming its fossil-fueled counterparts.
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SoC Good Reads

SoC Watch this
We Don't Have Time

16-year-old Greta Thunberg delivers a powerful speech.

SoC Other News

What happened in 2018 and what is to be expected in 2019. First some exciting news for EV enthusiasts: 2018 was the first year since 2014 that battery electric vehicles outsold their hybrid counterparts. Read the Sales Report.
Also, interesting, have a look into what McKinsey has to say about the four ACES (autonomous driving, connected cars, electrification, and smart mobility) trends in 2018 and the near future. This short article from the McKinsey website is an easy read. And if you have more time, read their report on the future of mobility:

Lastly, an article about the new Hyundai Kona and the difficulty of finding enough charging stations that actually work! Hyundai Kona test drive.

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SoC Listen to This

World-famous economist Michael Greenstone tells host Michael White about his main professional mission: to apply the tools of economics to reduce human suffering. But that wasn’t always the case. No indeed. For many years, including all of college, Michael’s main goal in life was to have a career in the NBA. Happily for economics, Division III basketball at Swarthmore didn’t immediately translate to the desired outcome, and Michael found his way to natural resource-energy-climate economics via a short stint in labor economics. Now he and his colleagues are pushing forward on an extremely challenging agenda designed to bring economics into the realm of rigorous nature science.
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