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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 we read about a global strike for climate change, we celebrate 🎉 the decline of fossil fuel vehicles sales and we applaud Morgan Freeman's fight to save the 🐝 population. 

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SoC Big Story


The three largest auto markets are seeing falling combustion vehicle sales, is there any hope left for the internal combustion engine? Not according to the 2018 global sales statistics. Combustion engines are firmly headed for the dustbin of history, and it is going to happen quickly. 
 

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The State of Charge January 2019

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the latest EV sales statistics from around the world. Find previous editions at:
 
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 

Students in more than 120 countries walked out of classrooms last Friday in a call for more action to fight climate change, flooding the streets of capitals from Sydney to Berlin and London with hundreds of thousands of young people. 

Friday’s protest, the largest ever of its kind, comes after months of growing youth demonstrations that began last year when Swede Greta Thunberg, then 15, went on strike at her Stockholm school. “It’s our future, and we can’t vote yet, so this is the only way we can have our say,” said Amy Frost, 16, one of the thousands who gathered in central London. She carried a sign that read: “The climate is changing, so why can’t we?”

Read more about the strike below in a live blog from the Guardian. Here is an excellent background piece on Greta Thunberg. 
 
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SoC Good Reads

Morgan Beeman 🐝 has converted his 124 Acre ranch into a giant sanctuary to help save the bee population.

The Bloomberg bombshell the media missed. Billionaire will work to "retire every single coal plant" by 2030 and then to move America "as quickly as possible away from oil and gas." 

Audi has introduced a new feature, which will make driving in cities a lot more pleasant. The Green Light Optimization Speed Advisory system; as the name suggests it gives drivers an advised driving speed to catch a green wave. Other interesting articles:

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SoC Deep Dive 

A perfect storm is brewing above the automotive industry. Three hardly grasped phenomena are working together. Just like a real storm, when the conditions align in the best/worst way, we get a devastating superstorm. These phenomena (or events) are the Osborne effect of delayed demand, the technology (cost) curve of battery prices and other technology, and the S-curve that describes market acceptance of new technologies.
 
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SoC Other News

Did you know Germany has basically been running on wind for 2 weeks now? 

Take a look at these concerning pictures taken in Russia, where the air is so polluted the snow turns black.

Norway has become the world's first country to ban deforestation. An amazing feat even though Norway still has state-owned companies that clear forests in and around Barcarena, Brazil.


Now we're on the subject; the world is literally a greener place than it was 20 years ago, and the data from NASA satellites has revealed a counterintuitive source for much of this new foliage: China and India. This surprising new study shows that the two emerging countries with the world’s biggest populations are leading the improvement in greening on land.

Slowly the world is moving toward smarter mobility. What does this mean for all the parking spaces we have created over the years? Read more in this very entertaining article.

Now that the EV industry is maturing, the question of what to do with retired car batteries becomes more relevant. Why not take them camping?

SoC Something Awesome



A Tesla coil exciting electrons in different gasses. This is how we identify the composition of stars. Super nerdy but so cool.

For more amazing physics experiments, follow PhysicsFun on Instagram.

SoC Fun to Watch
Inspiring interview with Mary Nichols. Chair of the California Air Resources Board.

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SoC Listen to This

Costing the Earth is a programme on BBC Radio 4 about our effect on the environment and how the environment reacts, questioning accepted truths, challenging those in charge and reporting on progress towards improving the world. In this episode, Peter Gibbs (BBC Weather and BBC radio) describes his experience after going electric. We join him on his first road trip to see if Britain really is ready to wave goodbye to diesel and petrol.
 
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