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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. To help with working from home and staying indoors, we bring you another selection of great articles to get you through those moments of indecisiveness and boredom. There is only so much cleaning one can do...(our editors' house has never been this spotless). 

This month we try to approach the pandemic from a climate change perspective. We also read about a bacterium that breaks down plastics, and we 🎧 to a podcast on printable batteries. Stay  🌊

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SoC Big Story

Again research has shown that pivoting to electric vehicles does not increase emissions - A team led by researchers at the Dutch Radboud University looked at the emissions of electric versus petrol-fueled vehicles and found that driving an electric car produces lower overall emissions in about 95% of the world. We will keep publishing these studies every time they come out... because unfortunately we still have to.
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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 down, but no surprises there. Nonetheless, interesting as ever!
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 

Ever since the coronavirus has swept the world and we've seen nations scrambling to respond, articles have appeared making the comparison between the current pandemic and another major crisis; climate change.

This first article describes how our response to 'fake' news concerning the Covid-19 outbreak has been more effective than 'fake' news surrounding climate change. 

This article describes how specific measures we take in response to the virus outbreak, will outlast this current crisis and will benefit us in our battle against climate change.

The third and final article shows readers what would happen if we responded with the same urgency to climate change, as we are doing now responding to this pandemic. 

SoC Good Reads

For anyone that has missed it, Volkswagen announced the launch of the e-Bulli, an all-electric ⚡ vehicle based on a T1 Samba Bus produced in 1966 and comprehensively restored. In other news from Volkswagen, they have debunked seven myths surrounding EVs.  

Here's an overview of the latest and greatest in battery technology research. Some of these companies have passed the research phase and are signing commercial contracts. 

Research into electric motors is also making strides. For example, this new Hunstable Electric Turbine promises twice the torque and three times the power of any other motor of the same size and with the same energy consumption.

With renewable energy sources becoming more affordable and emission targets ever stringent, the idea of a carbon-free grid slowly moves towards reality. The problem is how does a carbon-free grid deal with supply and demand. Energy storage should fill this gap, but how if fossil fuels can't be used anymore? Here are two new technologies that possibly provide an answer: PtG and the inertia provided by spinning metal.

SoC Watch this

A video explaining the basics behind the mathematics of modeling an epidemic. Very cool!

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SoC Deep Dive 

Due to the current pandemic plastic bags are making a resurgence, and in some cases, governments are overturning bans on single-use plastic bags.

Luckily, there's is some good news; Scientists found a bacterium that feasts on toxic plastic. Find the article here, and the research article here.

SoC Other News

Germany is a frontrunner if it comes to adopting sustainable energy sources, like wind and solar power. However, the countries' air quality has not improved enough, and may now lead to severe fines handed out by the European Union. To combat the bad air quality, and to prevent having to pay those hefty fines, they are considering making public transport free. Implementing this change is no simple task, and they will face significant resistance. The good news is, if they're looking for examples, they don't have to look far: Luxemburg already has free public transport.

Last Saturday was another edition of Earth hour. This year a 160 countries world wide participated. Famous landmarks switched their lights off as part of an event to urge action to save the planet. 

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SoC Listen to This

This month, we've selected an episode from The Energy Gang. It is an interview with one of Chargetrip's friends, Christine Ho! Christine is CEO of Imprint Energy, the company created to commercialize Christine's invention: a tiny, zinc-based solid-state battery that can be screen printed. 

The episode explains how she moved from conventional batteries to printing batteries, about becoming an entrepreneur, and the different challenges she encountered building the company.

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