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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 switch to electric mobility. This month we learn everything about battery recycling, we discuss how a 100% renewable energy future can create jobs and even save the gas industry and we celebrate the announcement of an electric safari vehicle (🐘🦁nature can breathe easy again).

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SoC Big Story

It is part of the sometimes disappointing reality of life that recycling is not yet worthwhile despite rising resource prices. It is still cheaper to produce new lithium or cobalt. However, as demand will increase radically and countries of origin increasingly use their bargaining power, the EU should drastically raise the minimum recycling rate of only 50% by weight.

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The State of Charge December 2018

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the lastest 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 The Electric Vehicle World Sales Database.

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SoC Must Read 

An interesting read on the oil industry’s involvement in the emissions rollback laid forward by the Trump administration. Marathon Petroleum, the largest US oil refinery, spearheaded a successful campaign to roll back on car emissions, a reversal that even car manufacturers don’t support.
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SoC Good Reads

Take a look at this new all-electric safari car from Mahindra. A good incentive to keep the forest ecosystem from getting polluted. Other interesting articles:

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SoC Deep Dive 

The One Earth Climate Model – a collaboration between researchers at the University of Technology Sydney, the German Aerospace Center and the University of Melbourne, and financed by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – sets out how the global energy supply can move to 100% renewable energy by 2050, while creating jobs along the way.
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SoC Other News

After the promising Chevy Bolt, it looks like GM is finally ready to step up their EV game, with the announcement of the EV Crossover.

If cars are not for you, maybe the new Electric Harley Davidson Livewire is a good alternative. And they have more models coming up!

Legislative fuss often hampers the introduction of EV's, clearly illustrated by Fastned's struggle to convince the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment to grand them a permit to put amenities in place at charge stations. To us, it seems ridiculous that as a country we are striving towards an all-electric future, but we are not willing to make life easier for EV drivers. Luckily in Holland, things are looking up, after last months ruling to an appeal from Fastned. A bathroom break might be possible while charging your car in the foreseeable future.

SoC Fun to Watch
New Electric is a company we should all admire. They've been converting boats and cars into electric vehicles since 2008.

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SoC Listen to This

This week in cleantech is a weekly podcast presented by David Hunt, CEO, and founder of Hyperion Executive Search, specialized in the cleantech and energy sector. A few weeks ago the show hosted Dan Caesar, Director of the Fully Charged YouTube channel, an industry veteran.
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