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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 delve into a report outlining the different fossil fuel reforms countries across the globe are implementing; we read about various traditional businesses that should embrace the inevitable growth of EVs, and we discuss the latest Google Maps updates.  
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Fuel subsidies the time for reform is now
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SoC Big Story

Dwindling oil prices offer governments a unique opportunity to implement fossil fuel reforms by re-balancing their subsidies and taxations, without burdening the consumer. These reforms ensure they can maintain their climate commitments. IISD has identified 53 countries that are already seizing this opportunity. Read the report to learn more about them and how they are doing it.
 
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The State of Charge June 2020

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the latest EV sales statistics from around the world.
 
Go to the 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.
 
Business bias - new sales models needed to accelerate EV adoption
SoC Must Read

When we assess EV adoption barriers, we tend to focus mostly on price and range-anxiety. Certainly, those are barriers that impact consumer decision making. But what about traditional business stakeholders; the fuel industry, incumbent manufacturers, showroom networks, and service centers? How do their bias impact the transition to green mobility? Click the button to find out.
 
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SoC Good Reads

Google is redesigning Google Maps making it easier to distinguish between different natural features. Furthermore, in light of the recent wildfires rage in the USA, Google announced it will start providing information about wildfires on its mapping platform soon.

European oil & gas companies have started to invest heavily in renewable energy sources. The New York Times published a great overview of the latest green investments made by these companies. As investors are leveraging their assets to curb greenhouse gases, tech companies are launching software to track energy producers' emissions

As mobility evolves, so must our road signs. LeaseFetcher has published an article on potential new signs that we could start seeing along our roads very soon.   

Cobalt production will have to increase by a staggering 500% over the next few decades to meet the increasing demand for lithium-ion batteries. As we know, Cobalt production is problematic for the environment. Luckily, scientists from the University of Texas have successfully developed new cobalt-free cathode chemistry that eliminates cobalt, and have started to commercialize it. 
The road to 2035
SoC Deep Dive

Currently, the US is aiming to completely decarbonize its power sector by 2050. Considering the plummeting costs of solar and wind energy, researchers from the University of California Berkeley, GridLab, and PaulosAnalysis studied if this date can be moved forward.
Their report uses the latest renewable energy and battery cost data to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of achieving 90% clean (carbon-free) electricity in the United States by 2035.
 
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SoC Other News

Can the grid cope with the increased power demand brought on by electric vehicles? Forbes clarifies once more how EVs are not a problem but are actually a solution thanks to smart charging and vehicle-to-grid technology.

Talking about vehicle-to-grid technology; here is an article about the world's largest V2G (actually, bus-to-grid) project which was recently inaugurated in London.

CleanTechnica explains how the EV market developments in Japan may affect the adoption of electric cars in several African countries. It’s interesting to observe these intercontinental dynamics.  
The last fork in the road
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SoC Listen to this

This month, we've selected a podcast from 7am. In this episode, Joëlle Gergis, scientist and writer, discusses the psychological burden of being a climate change researcher. Scientists are witnessing unprecedented changes to the ecosystems they research and love. It's not easy being on the forefront. Joëlle also elaborates on why people need to "feel" climate change on a personal level in order to act.
 
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