2018-06-05 02:45:31 UTC
US Electrical Vehicle Sales Hit 24,560 in May as Tesla Dominates
The rampant rate at which fossil fuel based industry is pumping heat
trapping gasses into the atmosphere is a serious and growing
problem. A problem that is best answered by a transition to clean
energy. Anyone telling you something different is lying or selling the
energy equivalent of snake oil.
With atmospheric CO2 equivalents hitting 493 parts per mn during
2017 (and likely ramping to 496 ppm this year), the call for a clean
energy transition couldn't be louder. 550 parts per mn is enough
to warm the Earth by 3 C over one Century time scales. And, over the
longer term such high levels of heat trapping gasses would melt most
of the land ice on Earth, raise seas by 200 feet, and cause additional
warming in the range of up to 6 C.
Tesla Dominates US Clean Energy Vehicle Sales in May
(Tesla's record EV production rate for the Model 3 is enabling the all-clean-energy company to dominate US sales.)
With most of the world's carbon emissions produced by fossil fuel
burning in transportation, electricity generation, and industry,
transitioning to non-carbon emitting energy sources in these segments
is crucial to addressing ramping climate harms. And, thankfully, clean
transportation in the US in the form of electrical vehicles is
presently making rapid gains.
During May of 2018, according to reports from Inside EVs, 24,560
electrical vehicles sold in the US representing about a 50 percent
growth year-on-year over 2017 and setting a new May record for EV
sales. This surge in EV sales was led by the Tesla Model 3 which hit
6,250 sold during May. Adding in Model S and Model X, Tesla moved more
than 9,200 electrical cars - representing nearly 40% of the May market.
Chevy Bolt, on the other hand, eeked out just 1,125 sales even as
Chevy Volt sold 1,675. Both behind second place Toyota Prius Prime at
2,924. Chevy has talked a good game RE electrical vehicles - recently
marketing the Bolt as a so-called `Tesla killer.' However, Chevy's
sales force has consistently failed to deliver in volumes that are
high enough to match the talk. Chevy's Volt, a plug in electric hybrid
with 52 miles of all-electric range, is likely a superior value and
overall more attractive vehicle than the Prius Prime (with just 25
miles of electric range). But the new energy Prius frequently outsells
the Volt by a large margin.
Other major EVs of note during May include Nissan's Leaf - which sold
1,576 in the US, but is a major seller on the international
market. Earlier this year, we thought the Leaf might present the Model
3 with a bit of a challenge in the US But that competition did not
emerge as the Model 3 rapidly hit higher and higher sales volumes.
(According to Inside EVs, US plug in sales hit 24,560 during. This is nearly 50% growth year on year.)
Another PHEV to watch is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Pacifica
recently secured a 62,000 vehicle order from Waymo. At 620 US sales
during May, the Pacifica also had a rather decent showing for a new
PHEV. Although we're pretty confident that it could sell well north of
2,000 if Chrysler decided to get serious.
Overall, the story is presently one of Tesla dominance. And over the
coming months Tesla's lead is likely to only lengthen as it reaches
and exceeds 5,000 per month production capability.
Solar dimming above temperate forests and its impact on local climate
Forests could play a role in limiting the amount of sunlight reaching
Earth's surface, a new study suggests. A study undertaken in the
Eastern Alps in Europe, where forests have constantly expanded in the
last 4 decades, finds that the presence of forest was associated
with lower amounts of solar radiation. "These results suggest that
local climate is influenced by land cover change through afforestation
both via albedo and radiation feedbacks but also by means of indirect
biophysical and species-dependent mechanisms," the researchers
say. -- Environmental Research Letters
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ABC News, 05 Jun 2018
Barnaby Joyce's colleagues want clarity over his future in the Federal
Parliament, with one of them declaring he needs to make a call on it, and soon.
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ABC News, 05 Jun 2018
Residents of London's Grenfell Tower housing block should have been told to
get out quickly rather than stay in their flats as flames engulfed the
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He put the chief cause of high energy prices to "excessive charging by some
of the companies"].
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cover the tax liabilities, a possibility Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg
said was ...
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ABC News, 05 June 2018 08:35:28
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