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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.

This month we read about the top 40 renewable energy markets and how urban life is changing because of Covid19. We also explore conflicting views on the future of our global energy mix. Lastly, don't miss National Geographic's amazing photo series on environmental accomplishments.

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SoC Big Story

How does renewable energy fair in these challenging times, what are the short and long-term impacts on the market, and what countries are most attractive in 2020 for investments in renewable energy? Find the answers to these questions, and more, in the annual ranking of the top 40 renewable energy markets worldwide, which is based on EY's Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI). 

Spoiler alert: for the first time since 2016, the United States has overtaken China to claim the top spot.

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The State of Charge March 2020 

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the latest EV sales statistics from around the world. March saw the sales of EVs pick up again despite the spread of the Coronavirus all over 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 

While countries across the globe are slowly easing restrictions, we all wonder what "the new normal" will look like. In some cases the effects are already quite visible. Various cities are hoping to take advantage of the pandemic to usher in environmentally-friendly mobility changes. London and other British cities are going car-free and sales of electric bikes are skyrocketing.

But what do the experts say? Foreign Policy asked 12 experts from around the world to give their perspectives on urban life after the pandemic. Press the read more button for the article.
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SoC Good Reads

There seems to be little consensus about how Covid19 will impact our global energy mix. 

The Guardian supports the idea that the oil crisis has accelerated the shift to renewable energy but, rather conflictingly, also believes it has slowed it down

Reuters reports that China may struggle to meet its climate pledges this year as it turns to heavy industry and carbon-intensive projects to shore up its coronavirus-stricken economy.

Forbes and the NY Times both agree that renewables have now overtaken coal. But for how long; the Environmental Protection Agency just announced a sweeping relaxation of environmental rules in the US.

🤷 What do you think? 

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SoC Deep Dive 

This month for our Deep Dive, we have selected two research articles about the role of local communities in response to climate change. 

The first article, describes how South Africans created their own way of coping with drought and demonstrated remarkable resilience. The authors talk about "partial functional redundancy" to highlight how a private system parallel to the public one has contributed to the general wellbeing. 

The second article reflects on the culturalization of climate change. The authors discovered how historical events, embedded in local memory and identity, have a surprisingly strong impact on how climate change is perceived and acted upon today. 

SoC Other News

Last month we celebrated the 50th edition of Earth Day 🥳. As a tribute, National Geographic published 50 amazing photos of environmental accomplishments. Have a look!

It's time for another roundup of recent inventions that may have an impact on how we produce energy in the near future.

Lastly, are we finally reaching the end of plastic bottles?

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SoC Listen to This

This month, we've selected an episode from the MIT Energy Initiative. MIT Professor Jessika Trancik and postdoc Gökşin Kavlak discuss what are the drivers of sustainable technology over time with a special focus on photovoltaics. What's the role of the government? Do we have all the technology we need to address climate change?

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