Category Archives: Transportation

Economic and Air Quality Benefits of EVs in Nevada

The ECOreport reviews A review of Mike Salisbury’s Economic and Air Quality Benefits of Electric Vehicles in Nevada 

By Roy L Hales

A new study from Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) focuses on the many economic and air quality benefits of evs in Nevada. They range from improved air quality to more jobs and a decrease in the need to import gasoline.  Nevadans spend over $5 billion on imported gasoline every year. Some of this can be replaced by locally produced using solar and geothermal energy.  In his study,  Economic and Air Quality Benefits of Electric Vehicles in Nevada, Mike Salisbury lays out a series of recommendations to spur the adoption of EVs.

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Comparing Transit Across Canada

A Review of the Pembina Institute’s Report: Fast Cities: Comparing transit across Canada

By Roy L Hales

The average Toronto resident uses rapid transit 133 times a year. That’s much higher than Calgary (74) or Vancouver (52), yet these two cities have spent more developing their infrastructure during the past two decades.  The most accessible transit system is in Montreal, which is within a 15 minute walk for 37% of the population. These are a few of the facts in the Pembina Institute’s new report “Fast Cities: Comparing transit across Canada.”

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Lux Research predicts the Gigafactory’s Li-ion Production will be +50% Overcapacity

The ECOreport looks at a report predicting the Gigafactory’s Li-ion Production will be +50% Overcapacity

By Roy L Hales

Tesla motors has already defied the odds. Few in the automotive world expected to see a high priced electric vehicle like the Model S achieve such recognition. It has also dramatically boosted the sales of Panasonic batteries, Now Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to go further. His $4 billion Gigafactory could dominate global production of Li-on cell batteries. Tesla would have to lop 30% off the $/kWh cost and also reduce the costs of inventory, packaging, transportation and duties. This could happen IF Tesla sells 500,000 vehicles, but a new paper from Lux Research predicts the Gigafactory’s Li-ion Production will be +50% Overcapacity.

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Nevada Utility Leads the Way on Electric Vehicles

The ECOreport looks at a SWEEP report, Nevada Utility Leads the Way on Electric Vehicles

By Roy L Hales

Nevada’s principal utility, NV Energy, was growing its residential electricity sales at a rate of about 5% a year until 2007. Mike Salisbury isn’t sure what caused that to change, though the most likely cause is a combination of slow economic growth, efficiency programs (which resulted in less need for electricity) and the introduction of rooftop solar. Salisbury believes that electric vehicles (EVs) offer NV Energy a way to smooth out seasonal differences and increase revenues during slack hours. He is a Transportation Analyst at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and the author of a report that shows how a Nevada utility leads the way on Electric Vehicles.

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Are We Approaching The EV Tipping Point?

By Roy L Hales

It has been almost ten months since the NRG eVgo Freedom Station in the Fashion Valley Mall, in San Diego, opened. It was hailed as the first station capable of supporting “all EVs on the road”. There are now eVgo networks in Los Angeles, San Francisco, the greater Washington, D.C. area, Dallas and Houston. A company spokesperson says that, in conjunction with their new partnership with BMW, they will be installing 100 DC SAE Combo Fast Chargers in California. One of their infograms shows a band of green stretching from Washington state down through California and across America to Washington DC. Much of this is future, but eVgo is not the only charging network. Tesla’s expanding Supercharger system is expected to make their vehicle to 80% of the US public this year. Are we approaching the EV tipping point?

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