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EVs, Mobility and Electrification.

Electric Vehicles and Electrification: Another perspective.

Electric Vehicles and Electrification: Another perspective.

This topic contains subtopics on living with EVs, reference pages, and analysis of the impact of EVs and electrification on the world.

As this is not a news site, the focus is on analysing the implications of news for these topics, rather reporting all EV or electrification news, for which I recommend Cleantechnica, InsideEVs and CNEVPOST.

The focus of these pages is on how EVs and electrification will change our lives, and change the planet. As a species, we are currently transforming from combustion as our primary energy source, to an electronic age, where electricity is our energy source. Just how much of our lives are changed by this can be easy to overlook from the inside experiencing the steps as the occur.

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Tools, Toys and Superpowers: Technology Driven Evolution.

Tools, Toys and Superpowers: Technology Driven Evolution.

In the spirit of Batman and Ironman, 'tools' provide humans with abilities far beyond those we posses physically. Genetically we may be similar to a human of 100,000 years ago, but our knowledge and tools make us so different.
Reference
Toyota: Failure inevitable?

Toyota: Failure inevitable?

The Electric Vehicle Road Trip Problem: EVs in Australian and USA as Examples.

The Electric Vehicle Road Trip Problem: EVs in Australian and USA as Examples.

Tracking Legacy Car Brands Fall as EVs Rise.

Tracking Legacy Car Brands Fall as EVs Rise.

Surviving with an EV and no driveway: on street charging.

Surviving with an EV and no driveway: on street charging.

EV Charging for Apartment complexes: A problem that can require a battle.

EV Charging for Apartment complexes: A problem that can require a battle.

Car Wars:  EV rebels vs oil and auto empires.

Car Wars: EV rebels vs oil and auto empires.

EV Charging Reference: Not just the new Refuelling.

EV Charging Reference: Not just the new Refuelling.

BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus: The first 3rd wave EV arrives in Australia, and then the world.

BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus: The first 3rd wave EV arrives in Australia, and then the world.

EV Literacy: AC, DC and Electric Motors for dummies.

EV Literacy: AC, DC and Electric Motors for dummies.

BYD Atto 3 Australian Story.

BYD Atto 3 Australian Story.

EV Price-Parity: Rare, but it’s here, and it SELLS!

EV Price-Parity: Rare, but it’s here, and it SELLS!

EV or Hybrid: Pros & Cons of HEV, PHEV, EREV, Gas/Petrol/Diesel (ICEV) or BEV (Electric)?

EV or Hybrid: Pros & Cons of HEV, PHEV, EREV, Gas/Petrol/Diesel (ICEV) or BEV (Electric)?

Battle for No1 Carmaker: Tracking Tesla and BYD.

Battle for No1 Carmaker: Tracking Tesla and BYD.

Charge Time Calculator: Configured for Atto 3.

Charge Time Calculator: Configured for Atto 3.

Any transition from gas to EVs needs around 30 years.

Any transition from gas to EVs needs around 30 years.

The 3rd EV wave: Tesla and the Chinese are coming, and in a hurry!

The 3rd EV wave: Tesla and the Chinese are coming, and in a hurry!

Solar Electric Vehicle Future: What you can, and can’t do with solar power.

Solar Electric Vehicle Future: What you can, and can’t do with solar power.

A deeper look how EVs impact the power grid.

A deeper look how EVs impact the power grid.

EV Batteries Reference: Benefits & Battery Technologies.

EV Batteries Reference: Benefits & Battery Technologies.

Environmental impact of the transition to EVs.

Environmental impact of the transition to EVs.

Why Hydrogen Cars are not the future, and EVs are here to stay.

Why Hydrogen Cars are not the future, and EVs are here to stay.

EV Battery swapping: Recharge or Refuel?

EV Battery swapping: Recharge or Refuel?

Hydrogen Future: Often Scams, Even If Not Intended, So Always Ask “Where does the hydrogen come from?”

Hydrogen Future: Often Scams, Even If Not Intended, So Always Ask “Where does the hydrogen come from?”

EV range: Anxieties vs realities & needs.

EV range: Anxieties vs realities & needs.

EV Range & Economy: Decoding the Numbers.

EV Range & Economy: Decoding the Numbers.

EV Home Charging and V2G: Missing an opportunity for the planet.

EV Home Charging and V2G: Missing an opportunity for the planet.

Personal Mobility Advance: Unagi Model One Electric Scooter. Unagi Model 11 Mystery.

Personal Mobility Advance: Unagi Model One Electric Scooter. Unagi Model 11 Mystery.

Vehicles And Mobility: Road Trips and Other Superpowers.

Vehicles And Mobility: Road Trips and Other Superpowers.

Hydrogen: Facts vs Myths, blue vs green.

Hydrogen: Facts vs Myths, blue vs green.

Why Car Makers are Lying about the storm.

EV Charging Systems: Reference

EV Charging Systems: Reference

Autonomous Cars: What’s needed and are Lidar & Maps Fools-Gold

Autonomous Cars: What’s needed and are Lidar & Maps Fools-Gold

Timeline

Electric Cars 2025: ‘adding up’ will create a revolution. Who wins, who loses? China? Japan?

2022: Year Of The EV take over, and beginning of the end for the ‘Legacy’ Industry.

2022: Year Of The EV take over, and beginning of the end for the ‘Legacy’ Industry.

Electric Cars: 2021, It Just Doesn’t add up (yet).

Electric Vehicle Tipping Point in 2022: An end to EV subsidies?

ScoMo Ingenious EV Plan: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, leading climate action blocker, stretching the truth again?

ScoMo Ingenious EV Plan: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, leading climate action blocker, stretching the truth again?

Topics and Subtopics.
All: EVs, Mobility and Electrification.

Who makes a loss from EVs? Do only Tesla and BYD profit?

Why is it so hard to make money from making EVs?

This is an exploration of often repeated claims including: Do only Tesla & BYD profit from EVs, succeed? Why make vehicles at a loss?

Auto makers have to find a way to make EVs at profit, close down, or hope there will still be a large enough market for ICEVs for them to survive. Highly funded research indicates that 5 brands will dominate 80% of the market, and the reality is none of the top ten from 2021 are likely contenders.

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Surviving with an EV and no driveway: on street charging.

People have for decades owned cars without needing to refuel at home, so it may not seem obvious just how important home charging is for owners of EVs. Various surveys confirm that 80% to 95% of EV charging happens at home and given that less than 80% of people have access to a space to be able to charge at home, those who can’t charge at home are less likely to buy an EV.

To understand the problem, try living with a mobile phone without charging at home, or at work.

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EV Charging for Apartment complexes: A problem that can require a battle.

There are 3 approaches to residents of apartments being able to charge EVs:

  • They can go elsewhere to charge.
  • A small number of charging spaces will be provided.
  • Provision for individuals to have charging at the designated car space is facilitated.

This is a look at why charging and getting it right is a challenge for apartment complexes, those who want the problem to remain unsolved, and the merits of the possible solutions.

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Car Wars: EV rebels vs oil and auto empires.

This is the exploration of a chequered history, the battles between EV and oil and auto companies that is still happening today. From companies forcefully taking back EVs from consumers to destroy them, to the battle between pop group A-Ah and authorities in Norway, to the Toyota spending billions to fight EVs and the wheels literally falling off their 2022 electric car, from industrial intrigue involving Interpol red notices, to the rise of Tesla and BYD.

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BYD Atto 3 Australian Story.

I started a page on the Atto 3 back in April 2022, but the launch in Australia has become so complex that it justifies a separate page, so here it is together with NZ information, starting with content moved from the original page, but updated.

This is a page with details about the Australian, and New Zealand rollouts of the Atto 3 and the BYD brand, which from these humble beginnings, could become a major part of the automotive scene in both countries.

For the general overview of the Atto 3, including information learnt from the experiences of owners, including those in Australia and New Zealand, see the main Atto 3 page. For the strange events around the Australian launch, and the use of the centre rear seat for baby capsules, read on!

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EV Price-Parity: Rare, but it’s here, and it SELLS!

There are already some price-parity EVs, mostly from leading EV brands, and not traditional established automotive brands. This page has the findings from cataloging price-parity EVs as that was done as part of a study on the practicality of buying an owning an EV in Australia, as I found the results worthy of their own page.

It turns out price parity is the benchmark for ‘reasonable value’. Price parity EVs sell well, and the host of other EVs sell a small trickle that could help convince their makers “there is no demand for EVs”.

This is the evaluation of price parity, and the list of vehicles with price parity on the market, initially focused on the Australian market, but with inclusion of key models from other markets. The implications for established brands, and brand loyalty were surprising.

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Any transition from gas to EVs needs around 30 years.

In this polarised world, there seem to be two groups: those who all vehicles to be EVs now, and those who feel EVs will never be a good idea.

Truth is, it would create a legal minefield and cost consumers and the environment heavily to ban too quickly, but bans will come.

This is an exploration of reality of a transition to EVs, which concludes any optimum transition takes around 30 years.

This conclusion means anyone wanting to reach EVs by 2050 needs to start very soon, and anyone worried all EVs should never happen, can take comfort that any environmentally sound transition will take a long time, although for economic reasons, does need to at least start soon.

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The 3rd EV wave: Tesla and the Chinese are coming, and in a hurry!

EVs can be divided into 3 waves:

  1. EVs that people can use despite limitations including the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, i-MiEV, and Zoe.
  2. Then EVs are truly competitive in premium and enthusiast markets: Tesla Model 3, then Model Y.
  3. Mainstream EVs at the Tesla Model A/2 price point, but so far from China, not Tesla.

While China has been another world for EVs, with price competitive EVs from US$5,000, only now in 2022 is the rest of the world getting its first 3rd wave EVs, and so far, they all come from China.

Teslas were sold globally, but every other EV, was either an EV not sold in China, or a Chinese only EV. Two separate worlds of EVs, that have begun a hurried unification and bring 3rd wave EVs and automotive industry disruption to the entire world.

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EV Literacy: AC, DC and Electric Motors for dummies.

For almost 100 years, people have grown up in an age of the internal combustion engine. For many people this has meant an understanding of engine capacity, cylinders, spark plugs, engine compression, crankshafts, valves, turbochargers, exhausts etc.

The bad news is that EVs mean so much that previous literacy is about to be consigned to history and replaced by induction and permanent magnet motors and other new terms.

The good news is, it is easy to build and EV literacy on the those ICEV foundations, so there is no need to feel illiterate in this new EV world.

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