EV Battery Production in Georgia Charges Ahead Thanks To Settlement

EV Battery Production in Georgia Charges Ahead Thanks To Settlement

Scaling production of EVs in the U.S. will require a ramp-up in domestic battery production. Now there’s good news on that front. A battery factory in Georgia can move forward after LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation (South Korean companies), two of the world’s biggest electric vehicle battery manufacturers, settled a dispute. 

Why This Matters: The dispute threatened U.S. production of EVs. SK has contracts to produce batteries for electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks and Volkswagen SUVs.

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Biden Administration Pushed for Electric School Buses

Biden Administration Pushed for Electric School Buses

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Right now, 95% of American public school buses run on diesel fuel, but that could soon change thanks to part of the Biden administration’s massive infrastructure proposal. The new Clean Buses for Kids Program would electrify at least 20% of the country’s iconic yellow school bus fleet. It would […]

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Read This: Sky’s The Limit for EVs

Read This: Sky’s The Limit for EVs

Electric vehicles are an important part of meeting climate change action goals in addition to their potential to clean up air pollution, yet Americans have traditionally been apprehensive about purchasing them. That is until now. As Ben Geman wrote for Axios  this week, “Even as gasoline-powered sales return from the pandemic, cars with plugs are […]

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One Fast Thing: NASCAR Puts EV Mustang to the Test  click button

One Fast Thing: NASCAR Puts EV Mustang to the Test 

The new Ford Mustang Mach-E reenvisions the classic American muscle car for the clean energy era. It’s gotten solid reviews from the tech and car geeks, but what do actual NACAR drivers think of this 1400 horsepower EV? Their need for speed seemed to have been fulfilled based on their smiling faces after a test drive […]

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International Energy Agency Predicts Oil Demand Has Officially Peaked

International Energy Agency Predicts Oil Demand Has Officially Peaked

new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that gasoline demand will never return to pre-pandemic levels. The IEA tracks EV industry growth as an indicator of future oil demand, and their five-year forecast says that an accelerating shift toward EVs and increasing fuel efficiency among gas-powered vehicles will outweigh demand growth from developing nations. 

Why This Matters: While there won’t necessarily be a lack of supply, the report states, the lack of demand may lead to a winding down of oil operations entirely.

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Petaluma, CA Becomes First City to Ban New Gas Stations and Pumps

Petaluma, CA Becomes First City to Ban New Gas Stations and Pumps

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The city of Petaluma, California is the first American city to ban new gas stations and pumps in an effort to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.  The city unanimously passed a bill extending a two-year moratorium indefinitely, and while the town’s 16 gas stations will still be permitted to operate, advocates […]

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