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A new analysis by energy industry experts predicts that Volkswagen will produce 14 million electric vehicles by 2028 and will leap from 10th place to the largest producer of BEVs, grabbing more than a quarter of all sales globally. The company is even more bullish than analysts and are aiming for 22 million BEVs by ’28, but experts at Wood Mackenzie who did the analysis believe Volkswagen won’t be able to secure such a big percentage of the world’s EV batteries.
Why This Matters:Making the switch globally to BEVs is one of the key ways to drive down CO2 emissions in the next 10 years. It is good news that one of the major global auto manufacturers is moving so aggressively into this market and will drive prices down. At the other end of the price spectrum, Tesla would have to add a lower-priced model to begin to compete with VW. Interestingly, the key to market domination is batteries — and Volkswagen must lock in 30% of the world’s batteries in order to its 25% of BEV sales. So VW also has long term supply contracts for lithium in place and just invested $1B in a Swedish battery company. This is going to get interesting, especially in light of BlackRock’s announcement yesterday about sustainability driving its investments from now on.
Kia Also Making a Play
Kia also announced this week that it will produce eleven all-electric models by the year 2025 — its first fully electric model launches in 2021. Echoing the words of Blackrock CEO, Kia’s chief executive, Han-Woo Park, said, “With the turbulent changes in the automotive industry, today is also an opportunity for Kia Motors to radically transform itself into a global company that specializes in innovations that focus on customer value.” Kia would like to have a roughly 7% share of the global market for electric vehicles (excluding China) by 2026.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new UN report suggests that plastic pollution isn’t just a threat to marine life — it’s also an issue of environmental justice. The report, titled Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution, highlights that poor nations and communities around the world disproportionately suffer the effects of plastic waste. This […]
President Biden’s new infrastructure plan contains something surprising — funding for “construction” projects to remove highways. Why? Because for decades, Black communities in cities across the U.S. have been cut off and/or divided by highways and major roads that were built without regard to their impact on those neighborhoods.
Why This Matters: Highways built in the 50s and 60s often came at the expense of communities of color. Their impact enforced segregation, disrupt thriving communities, and distanced Black people from city resources and job opportunities.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer European Union countries like Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden have been sending millions of tons of trash to be burned in “waste to energy” incinerators. But because of the incinerators’ CO2 emissions and health impacts, the bloc is starting to cut off funding for new plants. This change “comes […]
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