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Building climate-saving tech digs up new problems

The Verge / Justine Calma / 02 January 2020

The solar power and electric vehicles we need to stop the climate crisis pose a different threat to people and the environment: a boom in mining. Moving away from fossil fuels depends on tech like batteries and solar panels that can provide alternative forms of energy. But digging up the raw materials can undermine human rights and destroy fragile ecosystems. As governments and industries try to tackle climate change by building up renewable energy, they’ll need to consider other problems unearthed in the process.

Policy experts writing in the journal Science warn that a more sustainable future could hinge on how leaders manage the demand for metals and minerals, including cobalt and lithium needed for rechargeable batteries.

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Sales of EVs plummet in Ontario after Ford cancels rebate

National Observer / Allison Jones / 15 December 2019

Sales of electric vehicles in Ontario have plummeted since the Progressive Conservative government cancelled a rebate last year, hampering progress toward a national target.

In the first six months of this year, sales in Ontario were down more than 55 per cent from the same period in 2018, according to data from Electric Mobility Canada. In the second quarter of this year 2,933 electric vehicles were sold in the province, down from 7,110 in the same period last year.

Ontario is the only province not seeing increases in sales, year over year.

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Will your EV keep the lights on when the grid goes down?

GTM / Justin Gerdes / 08 November 2019

Last month’s preventative power shutoffs in California highlighted the vulnerability of the electricity grid to threats exacerbated by a changing climate.

In the wake of the forced outages, much has been written about the ability of solar PV arrays working in tandem with stationary battery storage systems to keep the lights on when the grid goes down. But what about the mobile battery packs carried in the hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles now on the road in California?

For much of any given day, EVs are parked in garages or at offices. When paired with a power control system, the battery packs in those EVs are functionally little different than a stationary battery system.

One big difference: EV battery packs are much larger.

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More EV charging stations could be coming to Smiths Falls

InsideOttawaValley.com / Mallory Day / 10 September 2019

Do you suffer from road range anxiety and aren’t sure if you’ll make it to your destination while driving an electric vehicle? A solution could soon be coming your way.

During the Sept. 9 committee of the whole meeting of Smiths Falls town council, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris, brought to council the idea of having electric vehicle charging stations within the town. Morris wants to authorize staff to issue a letter of intent to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to partner for the provision of up to three Level 2 charging stations within the town.

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Electric car talk and show, with comparisons, facts and tips

Transition Brockville / 18 July 2019

Electric vehicles are the way of the future, but it can be daunting to know how to make a wise EV purchase for your needs.

That’s why Transition Brockville has invited Frank Ahern to give a presentation on electric vehicles, Sunday, July 28, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library’s program room, followed by a small show of actual EVs. Whether you are merely curious about going electric or committed to the idea, this talk will arm you with useful facts and tips.

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Government is making smart investments in electric vehicles

National Observer / Joanna Kyriazis, Dan Woynillowicz / 17 June 2019

Canada’s federal government — supported by a couple of key provinces — is implementing many of the right policies and incentives to kickstart EV uptake. These measures will reduce carbon pollution while also helping Canadians benefit from lower fuel and maintenance costs. But some of these policies are pretty wonky. Do consumers and businesses know about the incentives on offer? As part of our series to help Canadians better understand the federal government’s climate policies, we’ve broken it down for you.

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