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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 read about a contested lithium mining project in Nevada and go over the Global EV Outlook for 2021. Also, don’t miss the bite-sized podcast on coastal airports that could soon be underwater!

US lithium production for EVs

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SoC Big Story

As EV sales leap, so will the demand for critical minerals. China is currently the go-to for lithium batteries. But to ease the dependency on foreign material, the US is investing in local lithium production. The NYT published a report on rolling discussions about the Salton Sea mine. Here, local tribes and small entrepreneurs are trying to block a project by Lithium Americas, which hopes to start mining in 2022. Click the button below to read more. 

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The State of Charge March 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.

The urgency to decarbonize blockchain

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SoC Must Read 

The value of cryptocurrencies have nosedived since TechCrunch published an article about blockchain’s footprint. Nevertheless, sustainability concerns remain. While 76% of hashers claim they use renewable energy to power their activities, only 39% of hashing’s total energy consumption comes from renewables. To learn more, check the complete article below.

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SoC Good Reads

Yale Climate Connections compiled a list of articles on various initiatives that cities around the world are taking to reduce emissions. The author included large and small projects, from cities like Copenhagen, Miami and Mexico City.

Yale Environment 360 interviewed Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency. He pressed the urgency to phase out coal in China, India and Indonesia, and slash emissions in the US. Nevertheless, Birol was hopeful regarding world leaders and corporate promises of a clean future.

The pandemic has shuttered opera houses for almost a year, and their slow reopening heralds other good news. The NYT enumerates actions that opera houses across the globe have taken to decrease emissions. Examples include the iconic Sydney Opera House, which went carbon neutral three years ago, and the Gothenburg and Tunis Operas, who are both studying ways to apply circular economy principles. 

The electric mobility decade has begun

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SoC Deep Dive 

The International Energy Agency (IEA) issued its 2021 edition of the Global EV Outlook. The publication analyzes electric mobility worldwide, considering regulatory framework, OEM initiatives, sales, and infrastructure development. According to the IEA, policymakers expect a surge in heavy-duty EVs, while the rollout of high-power fast chargers for logistics is picking up. 

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SoC Watch This
Designer and musician Yuri Suzuki created an awesome soundscape for EVs! Drivers can personalize their experience while making their EV more audible for pedestrians.

SoC Other News

The Ford F150 Lightning met a mixed reaction from the press. Mashable is very excited about it, predicting that “Ford is poised to sell a lot of them”. The Verge is also impressed (check out their cool pictures!). But Vox isn’t as enthusiastic, due to the truck’s price tag. And while Wood Mackenzie doesn’t say too much, they forecast moderate success. 

In 2020, the renewable energy industry grew its fastest since 1999. Wind power capacity doubled, while solar power grew by almost 50%, exceeding pre-pandemic growth.

Polestar is allowing consumers to follow the journey of its risk materials thanks to a new supply chain project. The company will disclose more information on their website and in Polestar Spaces.

Coastal airports risk flooding

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SoC Listen to This

This month, we listen to a 90-second podcast called Climate Connections. The episode summarizes research by Professor Aaron N. Yesudian and Richard J. Dawson from Newcastle University. They found that 350 coastal airports risk flooding before the end of the century. And if climate change continues unchecked, almost 600 airports are at risk— including those on small islands, which often are the only way locals can move around.

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