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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.

This month things are getting heated in the London Metro. We read up on last month's 🚘 news, and we listen to a great podcast from the Energy Gang. 

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SoC Big Story

Most of us will have experienced those sweaty commutes due to the heat on underground metro platforms. Going above the ground again is always a moment of relief. But why not put this heat to good use? In London, that's precisely what they are planning to do; generated heat by the underground will become a source to warm neighboring houses.
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The State of Charge July 2019

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the latest EV sales statistics from around the world. Sales have dropped considerably in July; hopefully, they will pick up again next month. Find previous editions at:
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

Every month we come across numerous solutions and exciting new technologies that somehow tie into the global renewable energy transition. Some of these are promising, others might turn out not be, but we like to keep you informed on projects that otherwise might fly under your radar. For example, this new 'personal carbon sequestration' device uses algae to filter CO2 out of the atmosphere.

Another promising project uses the natural chemical breakdown of a specific rock to sequester CO2. Read more after the jump.
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SoC Good Reads

Interesting news from Volkswagen. Check out the new ID.3, their first model that's carbon-neutral on delivery to customers. Interesting fact: three out of four cars presented by Volkswagen at IAA Frankfurt are electric... 

Amazon just ordered 100.000   electric delivery trucks from Rivian. WOW. 

Last month saw the launch of the new Porsche Taycan, which is looking great! Here is a pretty exciting clip explaining how the Taycan is made. Our team at Chargetrip worked on the Taycan, which makes this launch extra special for us. 

If you are interested in rally sports, take a look at the new projekt e rallycross electric car. 

Some positive news from the Netherlands, where ICE sales in August in comparison to August 2018 dropped 20%, while sales of EVs grew with 75%!

Daimler has just announced that, at least for now, it is halting all future development of gasoline engines.

Lastly, read why carmakers still desperately need SUVs. 

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SoC Deep Dive 

Below are two articles on promising battery technology. Researchers at Tesla have found that lithium-ion NMC532 graphite battery cells have the potential to stay structurally sound for over 1 million miles, and grid-connected energy storage to last more than 20 years under daily use. Find the article here and the research article here.

Secondly, a newly synthesized chemical might make it possible for calcium-based batteries to replace lithium-ion batteries. Find the article here and the research article here.

SoC Other News

$700bn a year is given to farmers in the form of subsidies, of which only 1% is used to benefit the environment, a new study has found. Much of this money instead promotes high-emission cattle production, forest destruction, and pollution from the overuse of fertilizer. Read more on the subject in this article.

'A place where we never go outside' is part of the title of this article that appeared in The Guardian. It describes the future of Las Vegas, the fastest-warming city in the United States, where rising temperatures are already taking its toll. Drastic measures are necessary to keep Las Vegas liveable. Maybe they should look at investing in buildings like these, which produce more energy than they use.

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SoC Listen to This

Solar and wind sent European utilities into financial disarray, and U.S. utilities are facing a similar fate. Are global oil companies next? Listen to Stephen, Katherine, and Jigar from the Energy Gang as they discuss the fast-changing world of energy.
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