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Electric Mazda to Hit Market in 2020

First Electric Mazda Due Out Next Year

In 2016, Mazda announced plans to release an electric car line by 2019. However, this didn’t happen. Despite every indication the industry was headed in a sustainable direction, the company committed to gas-power vehicles. Now, this is changing as the first electric Mazda is due out in 2020.

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Two key factors helped change Mazda’s mind. Firstly, most of the world’s automakers have gone green. Competitor Volkswagen has even stated that failing to electrify would spell disaster for an automaker’s bottom line.

Secondly, emission restrictions in Europe have tightened. Indeed, the EU has doubled down on its Paris Accord commitment.

EV Partnership with Toyota Promising

electric MazdaConsequently, the Japanese automaker has adjusted to reflect this new – greener – reality. Furthermore, the first electric Mazda will be released through a partnership with Toyota.

As for the model itself, no information has been released. However, speculation points to an SUV or hatchback.

Granted, Mazda hasn’t announced which demographic it will serve. Will it cater to the cluttered luxury EV space? Or, will it serve the middle-class?

Mazda Changes its Mind

Electric MazdaThe family market has received much attention of late, as GM announced its upcoming line fixates on affordability. Nevertheless, the first ‘affordable’ electric GM won’t be available until 2025.

Regardless of which market Mazda caters to, its organizational shift is encouraging. After all, an executive previously stated the “impending death of the internal combustion engine is overrated.”

Clearly, market developments over the past few years have proven this statement wrong. As Tesla’s market share decreases, plug-ins won’t soon be called ‘compliance vehicles.’

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Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with lithium holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US and gold holdings in Argentina. (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

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India Manufacturing to be Li-Ion Leader

India Manufacturing Sector Strives to be Li-Ion Production Leader

It’s no secret the world’s energy needs are changing. Indeed, more than ever, governments and corporations demand sustainable solutions. As a result, the global energy sector is involving. In keeping with the times, India manufacturing vies to become a leader in lithium-ion battery production.

READ: India EV Scheme Approved for $1.4 Billion

Furthermore, the world’s most populous nation wants to become a clean energy leader. Evidently, this already benefits the country’s growing middle-class.

A $1.4 billion tax scheme helps Indians get into electric vehicles. Meanwhile, the homes of over 2 million Delhi residents are powered by a Li-Ion grid storage project.

$40 Billion in Investments over 2-3 Year Period

India manufacturingTo power this new Green Revolution, the Indian government has invested heavily in South American lithium. After all, nearly half of the world’s lithium supply is shared between Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.

Ultimately, the Indian government wants to set up 40 GW of li-ion battery manufacturing capacity. This ambition is reflected on a regional scale.

The state of Telangana has made a pitch for 5 Li-Ion production sites. Overall, they will produce 5 GW of power. Nationally, projects like this will attract over $40 billion in investments over a 2-3 year span.

New Players in Energy Sector

India manufacturingTo the surprise of many, India is a clean energy pioneer. However, it has much to gain from sustainable practices. Already, many private operations throughout the country work to create lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

Although China, Europe, and the US are the largest electric vehicle markets, this could change. If India streamlines its supply chain operation, most drivers in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion could drive electric.

Granted, this will take some time. However, being a leader in lithium-ion battery production could speed things up.

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Gold Uses in the Modern Economy

A Look at Gold Uses After Ultra Lithium Enters the Sector

This week, Ultra Lithium announced the acquisition of 3 gold exploration licenses in Argentina. This move is significant; gold is officially the second commodity we explore. However, this doesn’t affect our commitment to lithium. Furthermore, it doesn’t change our identity as a go-to clean energy source. Nevertheless, we felt it appropriate to commemorate this new acquisition by looking at gold uses in the modern age.

READ: Ultra Lithium Diversifies Into Gold with the Acquisition of Three Gold Exploration Licenses

But first, let’s take a look at the history of gold.

When Spanish conquistadors found gold in the “New World,” they were surprised to learn the continent’s inhabitants already held the mineral in high esteem.

Applications Across Most Industries

gold usesConsequently, the value of gold seems to transcend culture. The pursuit of gold appears to be a byproduct of the human experience.

Without further ado, let’s break down gold uses by industry:

1) Jewelry – 38%

As indicated by the graph below, the jewelry industry takes the golden cake. Evidently, wedding rings, necklaces and other symbols of wealth or affection comprise the bulk of demand. Surprisingly, Olympic gold medals are primarily made of silver.

2) Electronics – 34%

It’s common knowledge that gold conducts electricity. As a result, it is used in connectors, switch and relay contacts, soldered joints, connecting wires and connection strips. Additionally, computer processors use gold plated pins.

3) Coins – 22%

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Although digital currency is on the rise, the value of currency has long been tied to the value of gold. Consequently, the United States tied the value of money to gold until recently. Despite the change, coin manufacturing commonly uses gold. Surprisingly, the Canadian loonie doesn’t use gold.

Other Gold Uses

Additionally, dentists use gold in fillings. Evidently, it has aesthetic appeal and an inoffensive taste.

Meanwhile, doctors use gold to treat a rare condition where patients can’t close their eyes. Consequently, a small amount of gold in the eyelid acts as a weight.

There are many other gold uses across most industries. Ultra Lithium is proud to diversify into this exciting field, to explore mining operations where large quantities of this valuable element might be found.

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Alexa EV Integration Championed by Rivian

Virtual Assistants on the Road with Alexa EV Integration

Nearly 25% of American homes have a smart speaker. Evidently, there is public buy-in around virtual assistants. American automaker Rivian has taken notice. Consequently, the company invests in Amazon Alexa EV integration. Reportedly, it will roll out with the company’s clean transportation line.

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Alexa EVThe company’s RT1 – an electric pickup – was recently showcased with Alexa EV integration. The most exciting part of the demo came when a representative opened the hood with their voice.

Granted, it will take some time for this technology to become common in vehicles. Moreover, translating the virtual assistant experience for mobile use is a challenge.

Open the Hood – Hands-Free

After all, in-home smart speaker functionality benefits from their stationary nature. Consequently, creating a similar experience for an on-the-go user is something else entirely.

Nevertheless, Rivian and Amazon will test the waters. Currently, Alexa EV integration hasn’t been discussed beyond voice command functionality.

Moreover, the technology is in its infancy. Although it’s highly probable virtual assistants will eventually play a large part of life on the road, a lack of competition stonewalls innovation.

Era of Innovation Grips Auto Industry

Alexa EVGranted, this isn’t to say the auto industry isn’t innovative. On the contrary, the electric era asks players to be more innovative than at any time post-WWII.

On a weekly basis, more automakers and governments embrace cars that run on lithium-ion batteries. Furthermore, billions are poured into R&D research supporting this change.

Therefore, Rivian’s Alexa EV integration isn’t much of a gamble. After all, a tornado of changes grips the auto industry.

Successfully incorporating voice command tech is a competitive advantage. As a result, expect more automakers to follow Rivian’s lead.

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Toyota Electric Car Line Due Earlier than Expected

Toyota Electric Car Line to Launch Worldwide in 2025

Most of the world’s automakers have announced electric vehicle plans. Originally, Toyota stated their line of plug-ins would hit the market in 2030. However, this has changed. The company’s executive vice president has announced the Toyota electric car line will debut in 2025.

READ: Volkswagen EV Sales Exceed Expectations

Obviously, this is great news for a number of parties. Firstly, clean energy advocates can rejoice that yet another multi-billion dollar automaker has gone green.

Secondly, Toyota stakeholders. After all, failing to transition from gas to electric vehicles could be financially disastrous. This move increases investor confidence, proving the company has a realistic understanding of where the industry is headed.

Competition in EV Space Ramps Up

Toyota electric carLastly, this move benefits consumers. Evidently, increased competition in any market brings down the cost of production. Consequently, this also reduces the retail price.

Therefore, Toyota’s 2025 line will help middle-class families enter the electric space. Granted, much can happen in 6 years. Most automakers plan to bring their own electric line to market in the early 2020s.

Nevertheless, Toyota’s restraint could benefit the company. They’ll be able to learn from various case studies of automakers who shifted from combustible to electric engines.

New Stylistic Direction for Japanese Automaker

Toyota Electric CarMoreover, the Toyota electric car line doesn’t fixate on the luxury space. Meanwhile, most competitors serve the premium market.

Consequently, Toyota escapes competition with the likes of Tesla. Granted, the American automaker has a massive headstart in the EV space.

What’s more, the concept cars in Toyota’s electric fleet are revolutionary on two fronts. Firstly, they are very sleek for a line focused on families.

Secondly, they represent a stylistic departure for Toyota.

We’ll see if this bold change pays off when the Toyota electric car line debuts in 2025.

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Nano One and VW to Make Next-Gen Li-Ion Battery

Volkswagen Teams with Nano One to Create New Li-Ion Battery

The world’s clean energy hopes hinge on lithium-ion batteries. Currently, liquid-state Li-Ion batteries power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles. Now, Canadian nanotech firm Nano One has teamed with VW to improve on this technology.

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After all, the incentive is enormous. Currently, billions are poured into R&D projects to create safer, more efficient versions of Li-Ion batteries.

There are many reasons for this. Firstly, electric vehicles need longer lasting, cheaper energy storage solutions.

Growing Demand for Revolutionary Li-Ion Battery

nano oneSecondly, smartphones must be able to handle 5G bandwidth strains in the 2020s. Moreover, the same can be said for laptops and desktops, as software becomes more sophisticated.

Consequently, VW and Nano One plan on improving the design of ion cathodes in Li-Ion batteries.

Nano One has a scalable industrial process for producing ‘low cost’, ‘high performance’ battery materials. As the global nanotech sector exceeds $125 billion in 2024, their share of the pie will be substantial.

Automakers Invest in Li-Ion Projects

Nano OneSimilarly, the global battery market should exceed $100 billion by that point. Ultimately, both Volkswagen and Nano One have much to gain.

Moreover, so do most of the world’s automakers. After all, global battery capacity doubled in one year. As a result, Volkswagen isn’t the only firm investing in Li-Ion projects.

Toyota has invested in a lithium battery AI project. Their goal is to use machine learning to identify exactly how long a Li-Ion battery lasts. Additionally, Ford has invested in a solid-state battery startup.

A technological breakthrough will have a massive impact on the global economy. Evidently, Nano One’s experience could set the stage for a next-generation Li-Ion battery.

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Clean Energy Future: Electric Cars Power Homes

Clean Energy Future: Your Car Powers Your Home

Remember when cars got you from A to B, and that was amazing? Evidently, automotive technology has changed transportation. Today, cars are as much of an entertainment tool as they are a transportation medium. Now, in a clean energy future profile, we look at how electric cars could power your home.

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EVs run on lithium-ion batteries. Similarly, grid storage and solar power projects store energy in Li-Ion cells.

Evidently, this storage solution cuts down on waste and reduces the impact of climate change.

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Billions in Energy Savings

As a result, the possibility of powering your home using this technology isn’t that far-fetched. Recently, Renault conducted a study found that a small deployment of electric cars could power entire homes.

Ultimately, this would cut down on the need for power plants and additional grid storage applications.

Renault found this practice could save countries billions in energy costs. Summarily, the study found the 4 European countries involved would each save $1.5 billion annually.

The Auto Industry Reinvents Itself

clean energy futureGranted, vehicles would need to charge at low-demand times. Moreover, they would feed energy back into the grid at high-demand times.

As electric vehicles become more popular, this vision of a clean energy future doesn’t seem so crazy.

After all, most of the world’s largest automakers have announced EV plans. Volkswagen has even claimed that failing to go electric would spell financial ruin for any auto giant.

Evidently, it’s likely that General Motors or Tesla could power your home in the not-too-distant future.

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Affordable Electric Cars to be Sold by GM

General Motors to Bring Affordable Electric Cars to Market

Despite their many benefits, electric cars aren’t cheap. Indeed, plenty of reasons exist to be jealous of your friend who just picked up a Tesla Model 3. After all, one drive behind the wheel of a luxury EV can ruin your appreciation of gas-powered cars – forever. Luckily, you may not have to wait long for affordable electric cars to hit the market.

READ: Volkswagen EV Sales Exceed Expectations

General Motors President Mark Reuss has made a bold claim. GM plans to sell 23 EV models by 2023.

However, the kicker is in the price tag. Affordable electric cars will be the company’s focus.

Cost to Produce Decreases

affordable electric carsThis is great news for both consumers and clean energy advocates. At long last, a major automaker isn’t interested in making exclusively luxury EVs.

Granted, GM’s electric offerings won’t rival Tesla’s in style. Furthermore, they won’t rival most luxury options in performance.

However, GM is set to crush the competition on price. And, as more automakers enter the clean energy game, it’s becoming less expensive to manufacture plug-in vehicles.

Global Auto Industry Enters EV Game

affordable electric carsConsequently, GM is betting that increased competition in the EV space will bring down the production price. Not surprisingly, this is a safe bet. Most of the world’s automakers have already announced plans for electric fleets.

Everyone from Volkswagen to Harley-Davidson will ensure that affordable electric cars are available in the early 2020s.

Furthermore, governments help. Norwegian tax breaks mean electric car sales now outnumber gas-powered. Even the US plans to revive its expired EV tax credit.

Ultimately, affordable electric cars appear to be on the horizon.

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EV Rallies

EV Rallies A Growing International Trend

EV Rallies Educate Public, Foster Community

Finding like-minded people is easy in the digital age. Indeed, this is the case for electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts. EV rallies pop up everywhere, from London to Canada.

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EV RalliesOrganized online, EV rallies spread facts about plug-in transportation. After all, it’s difficult to locate the truth online. A sea of fake news plagues the industry.

Nevertheless, these rallies help both owners and those interested in going green. Often, they’re completely organized by enthusiasts – it’s very rare for auto representatives to partake.

A Sustainable International Trend

Granted, participation usually requires a high-income level. After all, buying electric isn’t cheap.

However, enthusiasts are encouraged to attend – owner or otherwise. Besides, the knowledge gained at EV rallies helps potential owners navigate many of the more expensive barriers to entry.

Additionally, these events often provide drivers their first experience behind the wheel of an electric car.

Lithium-Ion Replaces Gas

EV RalliesAs many Tesla owners can attest, one lap around the block in a Model 3 can ruin gas-powered cars for a person. The quiet purr, reactive handling, and intuitive interface bring driving into the 21st century.

Evidently, Tesla isn’t the only brand impressing drivers with electric vehicle offerings. Every major automaker from Harley-Davidson to Dyson(?) has announced plans to enter the EV racket.

As a result, the cost of producing and purchasing electric cars is set to plummet.

It seems that EV rallies can expect higher turnout rates as more owners enter the community.

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Bechtel and GM to Build EV Charging Stations

Bechtel Construction Teams with GM to Build Charging Network

Electric vehicles popularize quickly in urban centres throughout North America. However, just 3% of American auto sales are electric. Consequently, there are many hurdles to EV adoption. Price, battery range, and charging station access are among them. As a result, Bechtel constructions and GM have a plan.

READ: Electric Car Pollution – Get the Facts

Ultimately, they’re teaming up to build a massive network of EV charging stations. Currently, Tesla’s supercharger network is the largest on the continent.

However, it still takes over 40 minutes to reach 80% capacity. Additionally, there is often a wait for a vacant charger.

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Benefits Extend Beyond General Motors

Consequently, Bechtel and GM believe they can (help) solve this problem. A new network will increase market competition, gradually lowering the price of electricity.

Also, it will provide more options for EV drivers. Granted, the program is targeted at those driving electrified GM vehicles.

Nevertheless, users won’t have to wait until 2023, when GM’s electric fleet rolls out. The network will be available to all drivers.

A Pivot Away from Combustible Engines

BechtelProjects like this increase EV adoption rates worldwide. However, most long-term EV owners favour slow-charging methods to source power.

Nevertheless, more fast-charging stations will influence more consumers to buy electric.

Bechtel, America’s largest construction firm, has had a “major presence in power generation and power transmission for many years.” This quote, from President Keith Hennessey, captures the company’s commitment to sustainability.

Furthermore, it summarizes the American private sector’s commitment to clean energy tech.

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