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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 learn about e-mobility strategies from carmakers in Europe, the newest BloombergNEF Electric Vehicle Outlook, and what green banks are.

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SoC Big Story

T&E assessed the e-mobility strategies of 10 major carmakers in Europe. The results aren't great: Only Volvo and Volkswagen have viable plans. Toyota lags behind due to heavy reliance on hybrid technologies. T&E is calling on the EU to pass stricter emissions rules, which will force carmakers to shift their industrial planning toward BEVs. Click below to read the full report:

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The State of Charge April 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 

The OECD defines green banks as a ‘public, quasi-public or non-profit entity established to facilitate private investment into domestic low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure. Vox explains how a better green bank system could hasten investments needed for the energy transition. The article focuses mainly on the USA but also applies to the EU.

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SoC Good Reads

Dependence on Asia for battery production has been a contentious topic in Europe and elsewhere. So it’s exciting that, as of May 2021, 17 battery cell gigafactories in Europe and the UK have secured funds to begin production. 

Kunle Adeyemi is a Nigerian-born architect who promotes diversity, and the coexistence of buildings and the environment. In this NYT article, you can see how his mission manifests in his work.

While batteries support the shift to sustainable passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, green hydrogen and other synthetic e-fuels will likely power the future of aviation, according to Smart Energy. 

Steel usually comes from combining iron with a carbon-rich form of coal. But Volvo is the first major carmaker committing to carbon-free steel for all their vehicles. Green steel means a cleaner EV production phase that will further lower emissions. 

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SoC Deep Dive 

The 2021 edition of the BloombergNEF Electric Vehicle Outlook is out! The report looks at scenarios on how electrification and shared mobility will impact the automotive, energy, infrastructure and battery material markets over the coming decades. A handy document for those working in the industry.

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SoC Watch This
Cobalt has caught attention for its role in batteries, as well as ethical concerns. But how much do you really know about it? What does it look like naturally?

SoC Other News

The European Council committed €17.5 billion to support the energy transition of local businesses and regions that are traditionally dependent on fossil fuel jobs. 

V2X allows for bidirectional power flow, meaning that vehicles can discharge power back to the grid when plugged in. WoodMackenzie assesses the V2X pilots so far

Australia is a world leader in solar installations but has seen slow and often contested adoption of EVs. In a Guardian article, researchers from the Australian National University reflect on what rooftop solar can teach us about electric cars


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