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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’ll read about how scientists and governments successfully worked together to restore the ozone layer and why EVs have unsettled traditional OEMs. Also, don’t miss the Bloomberg podcast about the current gas crisis in Europe.

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SoC Big Story

In the midst of a climate emergency, Vox has a happy story for us this month. This year’s Future of Life Award has been given to three scientists that played a significant role in convincing governments to work together to restore the ozone layer between the ‘90s and the 2000s.

In the ‘70s, researchers noticed the ozone layer had started thinning. The primary culprit for its thinning was CFCs, a chemical compound present in many consumer and industrial applications, from refrigerators to solvents. Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon, geophysicist Joseph Farman, and Environmental Protection Agency official Stephen Andersen relentlessly worked to increase consumer awareness and bring governments to the same table to discuss the issue. Fast forward, CFCs are phased out, and the ozone hole is shrinking.

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The State of Charge August 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 

With $452 billion pledged towards developing electric vehicles in the last 3 years alone, the top 29 leading automotive OEMs are fighting hard to conquer the booming EV market. In this article, IEEE casts light on the challenges ahead for OEMs. Arguably, the main challenge is the overwhelming dependence on software these new vehicles have. Complexity multiplies with every new EV model coming to the market, and not all the current top OEM players can catch up.

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SoC Good Reads

Why are Toyota, Hyundai, and BMW still investing in hydrogen technology while all the other major automotive companies ditched their hydrogen plans? CleanTechnica answers the question, but they also point out that Toyota is working on several EV projects. In fact, Toyota recently announced they would build a battery factory in the USA. 

More good news from Cleantechnica. While electric passenger vehicles are gaining popularity, commercial fleet electrification hasn’t really started besides last-mile delivery vehicles. To understand the challenges and opportunities electric trucks face, the North American Council on Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and RMI followed 13 electric trucks in North America, collecting metrics and stories from the road. The research concluded that electric trucks are already convenient in some segments, and enjoyed by their drivers.

As BNEF suggests (check the podcast at the bottom of this newsletter), investments in energy storage are key to ensure energy-dependent countries attain some energy stability, especially when paired with investments in renewable energy parks. It's good news that global storage deployments will nearly triple year-on-year in 2021, even though 70% of the installed capacity is in the USA and China. In Europe, Italy and Germany lead the way. 

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SoC Deep Dive 

Together with Amnesty International, Transport and Environment (T&E) published a recommendation for the European Parliament and the European Council regarding last December's first Battery Regulation. According to the authors, the regulation presents shortcomings that the recommendation addresses. These specifically concern the obligations for economic operators to carry out human rights and environmental due diligence. Click the button below to read the details of the T&E recommendation.

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SoC Other News

Wood Mackenzie takes stock of the current energy situation discussing which countries benefit from the energy transition and which are less likely to collaborate. The New York Times published a deep dive on Russia on the topic.

Back in July, the Verge published an article about the accessibility issue of EV chargers for wheelchair users. A newer article on TNW reports figures that bring more attention to the problem. In the UK alone, 14 million disabled people may not be able to switch to an EV for difficulties inherent to the design of the charge stations.

Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan’s aggressive industrial development plans are confronting natural events caused by climate change such as droughts, diminished groundwater levels, and fires. Temperatures in Turkey are already 1.5 degrees Celsius higher than 50 years ago, and significant budget resources are needed soon if the country wants to implement any adaptation measure.

Passenger flights departing London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt, Amsterdam Schiphol, and Madrid Barajas emit more CO2 than the entire Swedish economy. If you are curious about aviation emissions, Airport Tracker has an interactive map for you. 

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SoC Listen to this

This week we listened to the Switched On podcast hosted by Mark Taylor. In this episode, BNEF head of research for EMEA, David Hostert, describes how the storage and supply of natural gas are causing the European energy crisis. In addition to that, Hostert explains what could be the long-lasting consequences of this year’s gas crunch. Lastly, he discusses the role of renewables in this context. Unfortunately, there are no short-term solutions governments can adopt to fix the issues, but doubling down on renewables is one.

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