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  1. California will require Uber, Lyft drivers to transition to electric cars Electric vehicles must account for 90 percent of ride-hailing vehicle miles traveled in California by 2030. Story at a glance California's clean-air regulator on Thursday unanimously approved new rules for ride-sharing companies Thursday. The companies will have to begin the electrification of their fleets in 2023. Both Uber and Lyft have already committed to converting their fleets entirely to electric vehicles by 2030. California is requiring ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to transition from gasoline to electric vehicles (EVs) in their networks by the end of this decade. The state’s clean-air regulator on Thursday unanimously approved the Clean Miles Standard mandating that EVs account for 90 percent of ride-hailing vehicle miles traveled in California by 2030. The ride-share companies will have to begin the electrification of their fleets in 2023. The move by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is part of California’s effort to phase out gas-powered vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon neutral by 2045. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) last year signed an executive order requiring all new cars and passenger trucks sold in the state of nearly 40 million residents be zero-emission by 2035. “The transportation sector is responsible for nearly half of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, the vast majority of which come from light-duty vehicles,” CARB Chair Liane M. Randolph said in a statement. “This action will help provide certainty to the state’s climate efforts and improve air quality in our most disadvantaged communities,” Randolph said. Both Uber and Lyft have already committed to converting their fleets entirely to EVs by 2030 and have made efforts to help drivers make the shift. The companies have said, however, California needs to spend more money to help drivers afford the zero emissions vehicles, according to Reuters. “Lyft supports CARB’s EV and [greenhouse gas] targets for TNCs [ridesharing companies] and advocated for aggressive targets throughout the process,” Paul Augustine, senior manager of Sustainability at Lyft, told Changing America in a statement. Uber applauded the rule as “one of the first emissions policies in the world based on real-world vehicle use.” “With ridehail trips accounting for just 1% of California’s light-duty vehicle emissions, we hope [Clean Miles Standard] becomes a useful template for examining the other 99 percent,” Adam Gromis, global head of sustainability for Uber, said in a statement. Source: California will require Uber, Lyft drivers to transition to electric cars
  2. A Dutchman completed an epic 95,000 kilometre (59,000 mile) journey by electric car in Sydney Sunday in a bid to prove the viability of such vehicles in tackling climate change. Wiebe Wakker took just over three years crossing 33 countries in his 95,000 km journey by electric car Wiebe Wakker drove his retrofitted station wagon nicknamed "The Blue Bandit" across 33 countries in what he said was the world's longest-ever journey by electric car. The trip from the Netherlands to Australia took just over three years and was funded by public donations from around the world, including electricity to charge the Bandit, food and a place to sleep. Wakker drove across a variety of countries and environments including Turkey, Iran, India, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia, with the route determined by the offers he received on his website. "I wanted to change people's opinions and inspire people to start driving electric by showing the advantages of sustainable mobility," Wakker said. "If one man can drive to the other side of the world in an electric car, then EVs (electric vehicles) should definitely be viable for daily use." Wakker said before the car was modified, it would have used 6,785 litres (1,800 US gallons) of petrol to complete the journey. The modified vehicle can travel 200 kilometres on a single charge, with Wakker saying he spent just US$300 on electricity, much of it in the remote desert Outback of Australia. Source
  3. (Reuters) - Tesla Inc handily beat Wall Street expectations on Tuesday for vehicle deliveries in the second quarter, sending shares up 8% as the performance tempered concerns about demand for the electric car maker’s vehicles. Tesla delivered 77,550 Model 3s in the quarter, compared with analysts’ average estimate of 73,144, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Deliveries of all models rose 51% from the first quarter to 95,200 vehicles, including 17,650 Model S and X. Analysts on average were expecting total deliveries of 89,084. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has repeatedly said Tesla could deliver a record number of cars in the second quarter, beating the 90,700 it sent to customers in the final quarter of last year. Musk has been struggling to convince investors that demand remains high for Tesla cars and that vehicles can be delivered efficiently and swiftly to customers around the world. Tesla has been trying to make up for a difficult first quarter, in which deliveries plunged and the company lost $702 million. The company said earlier this year it would turn a profit in the second half of 2019, a delay from earlier projections. The company has said it will deliver 360,000 to 400,000 vehicles in 2019, a goal many analysts predict will be difficult to meet. Overall, total production rose 13% to 87,048 vehicles compared with the first quarter. The company churned out 72,531 Model 3s in the second quarter, up from a total of 62,950 Model 3s in the preceding quarter. Source
  4. VW and Ford will reportedly share an electric car platform and autonomous tech The alliance, first revealed in January, will now include passenger vehicles. Enlarge / An illustration of VW's MEB modular electric vehicle architecture. VW is gearing up to put MEB-based vehicles into mass production in the next 18 months. Volkswagen On Friday morning, Reuters reported that the collaborative alliance between Ford and Volkswagen is to deepen. Back in January, the two car makers announced plans to share technology and platforms, starting with new commercial vehicles like vans and medium-sized pickup trucks. At the time, there was much speculation as to whether VW would also give Ford access to its new MEB architecture, a parts bin and toolkit for building electric vehicles. Although Ford was an early leader in hybrid technology, in recent years it has lagged behind other large automakers when it comes to electrification, particularly VW (which has a highly aggressive plan to build battery EVs at scale). When the initial partnership was announced, it was not therefore surprising that VW leadership was asked whether the collaborative effort would include VW allowing Ford use of MEB. In January, VW CEO Herbert Diess told reporters that "We are in constructive open dialog to leverage the technology. Probably not worldwide, but they are viable for Europe and China." However, there was some ambiguity as to whether Diess was referring to MEB or VW's light truck platform which Ford will use in markets outside North America. Today's Reuters story appears to clear all this up. An unnamed source told Reuters that VW will indeed share MEB with Ford, and a VW board meeting on July 11 is the stage for further internal discussions on the alliance. Reuters also suggests that the Ford-VW alliance will involve collaboration on autonomous driving technology. As we detailed in June, VW is ending its partnership with the startup Aurora, freeing the German automaker up to work instead with Ford-backed Argo AI. Source: VW and Ford will reportedly share an electric car platform and autonomous tech (Ars Technica)
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