New Zealand Embraces Electric Cars EVs, Hydrogen to Cut Emissions, Fossil Fuels

Good News Notes: “New Zealand will accelerate its adoption of electric vehicles and investigate hydrogen as an alternative energy source as it seeks to phase out fossil fuels and play its role in mitigating global warming. Announcing its first emissions reduction plan Monday in Wellington, the government said it will initially allocate NZ$2.9 billion ($1.8…

Bases get ‘electric facelift’ as Marines deploy smart grids, electric vehicles

Good News Notes: “Marine installations from West Coast air stations to deep South depots are getting an electric facelift as the Corps ramps up its electric vehicle fleetand base “smart grids” for powering the force at home stations. Following new executive orders to reducecarbon fuel use that would also make for resilient, blackout-proof power grids, the Corps is…

Fisker provides first look at $29,900 urban EV, confirms Ohio production

Good News Notes: “Fisker confirmed Thursday that production of its compact electric vehicle, the $29,900 Pear EV, will enter production in 2024 at the former GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio.  It’s not a niche affair, either. Fisker is going for volume with this one, with the aim to build a minimum of 250,000 units a year…

Ford launches F-150 Lightning this week

Good News Notes: “Ford is set to roll out an all-electric version of its iconic F-150 pickup truck this week. a pivotal moment in the push to move to hybrid and electric vehicles in the United States. The F-150 Lightning was first announced last year, and as of Monday morning, the 2022 model of the Lightning was…

Heat pumps included in GM EVs could give them a real-world range advantage

Good News Notes: “GM confirmed Monday that it plans to include heat-pump technology in all of its current and upcoming Ultium-platform electric vehicles.  That includes the Hummer EV now being delivered and the soon-arriving Cadillac Lyriq, plus many more to arrive in the next several years. In them, the tech will help recover low-level waste heat in ways…

Instant Long Duration Energy Storage: Just Add Carbon Dioxide

Good News Notes: “Long duration energy storage has yet to make a significant dent in the global energy profile. To date, the only widespread form of storage technology that can last longer than a few hours is the century-old “water battery,” in the form of hydropower reservoirs and their cousins, pumped hydro reservoirs. On the plus side, hydropower dams and…

You’ve Got Mail — and Clean Air

Good News Notes: “Forget Amazon delivery, it could be the humble, dependable US Postal Service that ushers us all into the electric future. Along with 200 billion pieces of mail a year, electric postal service trucks could also deliver clean air benefits to every neighborhood – that is, if the Biden administration takes charge. As…

All-electric Clean Air Express commuter bus makes debut in Buellton

Good News Notes: “North County commuters who ride the Clean Air Express to jobs on the South Coast will help eliminate 450 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually each time they ride a new all-electric bus unveiled Friday morning in Buellton. More than 25 elected and appointed federal, state, county and city officials and representatives of state and local…