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E-Bikes on the Rise in Cities

Bikeshares Lean on E-Bikes as Popularity Skyrockets

Most cities throughout the developed world are built to accommodate cyclists. Granted, the eco-friendly commuting method is only convenient for those living relatively close to the office. However, the rising popularity of E-bikes is making it easier to bike to the office.

READ: UK Government to Ban Fossil Fuels by 2050

Moreover, tourists and casual riders have begun to embrace battery-powered two-wheelers.

BCycle in Madison, Wisconsin has replaced its entire bikeshare fleet with E-Bikes. Evidently, conventional bikes have competition.

e-bikeEasy, Lithium-Powered Travel

E-bikes are a great alternative to conventional bikes for a number of reasons. Firstly, they make it easier for older riders to get fresh air. Storing energy in lithium cells, sweat-free sightseeing is a possibility.

Secondly, the bikes are eco-friendly. Some even power-up when going downhill. Evidently, kinetic energy is infinitely more sustainable than combustible engines.

Additionally, they’re quick. E-bikes can travel upwards of 28mph or 45km/h.

The Electric Generation

e-bikeConsequently, commuting to the office via bike is realistic. Even for those living miles away from work, cars and buses are no longer the only transportation methods that’ll get you to the office on time.

Like electric vehicles, E-bikes are changing the face of global transportation. Granted, their noiseless motors are a safety concern. However, automakers have begun to tackle this problem by manufacturing EV engine sounds.

We’ll see how long it takes E-bike manufacturers to follow suit.

 

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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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South Africa to Enter EV Era

Major Automakers in Talks to Bring Electric Vehicles to South Africa

The birthplace of Elon Musk will soon manufacture and consume electric vehicles. However, Tesla is ironically not among the brands exploring the opportunity. Instead, names including Nissan, Volkswagen, and BMW plot to bring EVs to South Africa.

READ: New Tesla Battery A Game Changer

This comes at a pivotal time for global auto, as China, Europe, and the US vie for EV dominance. They represent the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd largest plug-in vehicle markets, respectively. Evidently, the African continent lags behind in global electric car adoption rates.

Nevertheless, the automotive industry has a plan to change this.

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The Challenges of Bringing EVs to S.A.

However, several barriers slow progress. Firstly, a 23% EV import tariff scares consumers away. Indeed, the country’s upper-middle class is wary of the price point. Lawmakers must drop or lower the tariff.

Secondly, price doesn’t matter if there’s nowhere to fuel up. Agreements to expand the nation’s virtually non-existent charging network must move forward.

Nevertheless, the means to power the proposed charging stations is also an issue.

Manufacturing Africa’s Clean Energy Future

south africaThe country’s state-owned energy monopoly is in the midst of a financial crisis.

However, manufacturing EVs domestically is a solution. After all, auto-manufacturing represents 7% of South Africa’s economy.

If the country continues to lag, it’ll be crippled by large tariffs on vehicles and components when the global shift away from petroleum accelerates.

Evidently, the nation’s auto factories must go green – or risk being phased-out.

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Harbour Air Electric Plane Coming Soon

EV Adoption Influenced by Social Groups

2019 Electric Cars To Get Excited About

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 holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

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Cape Air Orders Electric Planes

Cape Air to Carry Passengers with Zero Emission Planes

The transportation industry is largely to blame for climate change. However, the primary culprit is in the sky. Indeed, global aviation easily pollutes more than the automotive industry. Nevertheless, this could change as Cape Air proves to be a trendsetter with a large order for electric planes.

READ: Electric Airplane to Own Norwegian Skies by 2040

The American airline hopes the eco-friendly models carry passengers by 2023. Granted, they will only fly New England skies when they officially roll out of the hangar.

The 650-mile range aircraft could save the airline – and passengers – a lot of money.

cape airCheap, Sustainable Travel

CEO Don Wolf claims “The preliminary numbers look like the direct operating costs are going to be about 40% of what we’re currently spending.”

Evidently, electric motors are less complex than fuel-burning alternatives.

Consequently, the lithium-ion cells the planes use to store energy offer massive savings.

Progressive Baby Steps

cape airAs a result, passengers can expect to save big on future holidays. Lower operating costs should be reflected by cheaper flights.

This shift could happen sooner than expected, as Cape Air isn’t the only airline experimenting with electric air travel. Norway plans to ground all fuel-burning planes by 2040. Meanwhile, EasyJet is testing electric planes to fly passengers between London and Amsterdam. Ultimately, global transportation is gradually starting to electrify. We’ll see how long it takes before this affects sky-high airfare prices.

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2019 Electric Cars To Get Excited About

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 holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

 

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Colorado Decarbonizes with Electric Vehicles

Colorado has a Clean Energy Plan that Embraces Emission-Free Transportation

In a bid to go green, electric vehicles show promise to Colorado policymakers. Indeed, the famously progressive state’s pioneer mentality goes far beyond being a cannabis legalization pioneer. The home of the Rockies eyes ambitious clean energy targets, and sees zero-emission driving as an invaluable weapon in the climate fight.

READ: New Tesla Battery A Game Changer

ColoradoMoreover, the state wants greenhouse gas emissions to fall by 26% by 2025. Afterward, that percentage jumps to 50 in 2030, and 90 in 2050.

Meanwhile, the federal government’s clean energy plan is under much criticism.

EVs Equal Eco-Friendly

Granted, the Trump Administration labeled lithium a mineral of vital importance to national economic health.

Nevertheless, Colorado is lightyears ahead of Washington in clean energy policy. Furthermore, it believes that EVs will play a major role in national and global decarbonization success.

Ultimately, reports suggest EV adoption in Colorado will reduce 2040 emissions by 42%.

American EV Action

ColoradoColorado is likely to become a clean energy leader in the years to come. The state will play a major role in national EV adoption. Indeed, the lessons and innovations that eventually emerge out of Colorado will serve as a case study for other states.

After all, the US lags behind China and Europe in clean transportation policy and adoption.

For the country to keep pace, the Centennial State needs to embrace its role as an eco-friendly trailblazer.

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

Lithium Cell Manufacturing in China

Lithium Cell Manufacturing and the Chinese Behemoth

The world needs lithium. Indeed, some countries are more motivated than others to spearhead the global shift to electric vehicles and other clean energy technologies. Foremost is China, whose clean-energy ambitions make it the world’s top lithium cell manufacturer.

READ: Emissions in China: 100% EVs by 2030

Evidently, the gap between China and the rest of the world is wide. In its bid to phaseout the combustible engine, China holds 73% of global lithium cell manufacturing capacity.

Meanwhile, the US is in 2nd at just 12%.

Consequently, it appears China laps the field in the global shift to EVs.

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Centrally Planned Sustainability

Granted, this number is also indicative of two important factors. Firstly, China’s massive population calls for a massive amount of Li-Ion batteries.

Secondly, pollution levels in China are lightyears more drastic than in Europe and the US – the 2nd and 3rd largest EV markets, respectively.

Nevertheless, Chinese lithium cell production isn’t solely meant to meet domestic demand. Indeed, China aims to be the world’s foremost exporter of the valuable energy source.

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Bye-Bye, Fossil Fuels

Consequently, it appears China may corner the market. The nation already owns over half the world’s lithium supply.

Furthermore, its Belt and Road Initiative means China invests more in third-world infrastructure than any Western power.

Evidently, Xinping Yi and Co. are set to benefit from preferential trade agreements in the near future.

Expect lithium to play a central role.

 

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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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EVGo and Nissan Expand Fast Charger Network

EVGo and Nissan Add to Expansive US Fast Charger Network

As electric vehicles grow in popularity, automakers must make it easier for drivers to fuel-up. Indeed, gas stations greatly outnumber charging stations worldwide. However, EVGo and Nissan are doing what they can to change this.

READ: Bechtel and GM to Build EV Charging Stations

200 DC fast chargers will be installed by EVGo in the US in 2019. Evidently, the fast charger company is motivated to help sway consumers toward EVs.

The new chargers have various adapters, meaning most EVs can be serviced at the new stations.

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Nissan, like most automakers, has an incentive to make charging easier.

Partnering with EVGo, the Japanese brand looks to support sales of its new Leaf E+. Consequently, the six-year partnership between EVGo and Nissan is more important than ever.

Moreover, E+ drivers will rely heavily on fast chargers. The 2019 EV travels just 226 miles on a single charge.

 

Changing Consumer Habits

evgoMeanwhile, Tesla’s latest offerings exceed 300 miles on one charge.

Nevertheless, there shouldn’t be cause for range anxiety among Nissan drivers. Slow-charging is becoming a viable option. Granted, charging at home takes a while.

However, EV owners can treat EVs like phones. While the new fast chargers offered by EVGo are great, there isn’t a pressing need to leave the house to fuel up. Just like your iPhone, overnight charging will suffice.

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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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Gold Tech Breakthrough: 2 Atoms Thick

Scientists Achieve Major Breakthrough in Gold Tech

Indeed, there is more to gold than its intrinsic value. From computing to medicine, the modern era has a great need for the chemical element classified as Au. Moreover, a major breakthrough in gold tech has the potential to revolutionize how gold benefits society.

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Scientists at the UK’s University of Leeds have created the world’s thinnest gold. At just 0.47 nanometres, it’s one million times thinner than a fingernail.

Consequently, the 2-dimensional material belongs in a side-scrolling video game. There are no bulk atoms beneath the surface of the 2-atom-thick creation.

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Ultra-Thin Applications

This gold tech breakthrough has a wide variety of applications. Firstly, it can be inverted into various medical devices. Gold is malleable, making it suitable for use in most units.

Secondly, electronics will benefit greatly from the paper-thin substance. Most processors feature trace amounts of gold. Evidently, most consumer electronics rely on the element to conduct electricity and avoid corrosion.

Moreover, computer processors and memory chips use gold to increase RAM.

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Ultra Lithium and Gold

Additionally, labs rely on gold to serve as a catalyst in chemical reactions. Ultimately, ultra-thin gold will help engineers, doctors, and scientists work with increased efficiency.

We’ve decided to cover this story as Ultra Lithium Inc. diversifies into Argentina gold exploration projects.

Although we’re still a primary source of clean energy news, we’re committed to enlightening our readers on the – often surprising – world of gold.

 

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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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Human Horizons EV Prototype Electrifies

Concept Car by Chinese Human Horizons Revolutionary

Nearly 500 electric vehicle startups can be found in China. Furthermore, the country’s central government has arranged the creation of 20 versions of the US’ Detroit Motor City. However, Human Horizons has separated itself from the pack with a new vehicle prototype.

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Called HiPhi, the revolutionary model attempts to add a human touch to the digital car era.

Granted, this has been done before. However, several standout features identify it as a model to keep on your watchlist.

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Sustainable, Human-Centric Transportation

Firstly, multiple touchscreens span most of the dash. Riding shotgun comes with access to an entertainment hub.

Secondly, Human Horizons has re-thought how owners and passengers should enter vehicles. Both gullwing and swing doors are featured on the car’s mouth-watering exterior.

Additionally, this pretty little thing isn’t all looks. With 4 superbrains and 6 CPUs, you’re looking at the (supposedly) smartest EV on the market.

 

Competition Breeds Innovation

human horizonsThe Chinese government has rolled back subsidies for EV manufacturers. Consequently, automakers must step up their game to stand out from the cluttered crowd of automakers.

This is great news for aspiring EV owners and clean energy advocates. Indeed, the time has come to challenge Tesla’s market supremacy.

However, this will take time. Last year, the Tesla Model 3 outsold all other EVs on the market…combined.

We’ll see if offerings like the HiPhi can change this narrative.

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Battery Cost Sends Grid Storage into Boom

Falling Battery Cost Fast-Tracks Li-Ion Grid Storage

Regrettably, most developed countries still struggle to ween themselves off fossil fuels. However, falling Li-Ion battery cost has made a sustainable alternative more viable. Today, grid storage technology is taking off.

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Essentially, this is the process of storing wind or solar power in lithium-ion batteries. Over 2 million New Delhi residents already get their power this way.

Consequently, the United States has taken notice. The country is set to lead the global push toward widespread grid storage adoption.

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Money Makes the World Go Green

However, this is primarily because of a falling Li-Ion battery cost. Indeed, lithium itself is still in short supply.

Nevertheless, technological advances have changed things. Evidently, the global clean energy push has flowed billions into Li-Ion R&D.

Automakers, in particular, continue to leverage government subsidies in the hopes of creating electric vehicle patents that give themselves an edge. After all, most of the world’s car manufacturers are focused on rolling out electric car fleets.

Powering Communities

battery costIn total, lithium-ion battery cost reduced by 85% from 2010-2018. As a result, companies like Tesla benefitted. The global EV leader recently announced the world’s (supposedly) best grid storage battery.

The Megapack is easy to install and is 60% denser than competitors.

Ultimately, innovations like this (along with a falling Li-Ion battery price) will see entire cities powered by grid energy storage in the near future.

 

 

 

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New Tesla Battery A Game Changer

New Tesla Battery to have Huge Impact on Large-Scale Energy Installations

Grid storage power has the potential to revolutionize global energy. Indeed, the world gets most of its energy in environmentally destructive ways. Consequently, a new Tesla battery has been announced that could change the way entire regions get power.

READ: Lithium Grid Storage Increasing

Evidently, Tesla’s clean energy ambitions go beyond the automotive industry.

Called the Megapack, the giant battery simplifies the process of installing large energy-storage projects. Moreover, Tesla says it’s 60% denser than previous iterations.

Simplifying the Installation Process

New Tesla BatteryRecently, the US became the world’s leading grid storage market. Consequently, the new Tesla battery could supercharge the industry.

Meanwhile, certain parts of Asia have recognized the technology’s potential. The homes of over 2 million New Delhi residents are powered by a massive installation.

Each Megapack can store up to 3 megawatt-hours of energy and convert up to 1.5 megawatts of energy from a direct current, or DC, to an alternating current. As a result, the battery can be used in homes.

Changing Energy Needs and Lithium

New Tesla BatteryMoreover, Tesla claims that large Megapack installations are cheaper to install and operate that power plants.

Although Tesla’s supremacy in the energy storage space is under threat, it’s still a market leader. Moreover, the company’s eco-conscious initiatives spearhead global clean energy solutions.

Furthermore, the American company might enter the mining game. Indeed, a global lithium shortage threatens to undermine the rise of electric vehicles.

For grid storage to replace fossil fuel, companies and governments need lithium.

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