Monthly Archives: July 2017

All-electric cars only by 2040?

I should have looked into this more closely before making my previous post. The UK government is also looking to ban the sale of hybrid cars in 23 years’ time. This beggars belief, without some plan for how these electric … Continue reading

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The internal combustion engine isn’t dead yet

The UK government has now joined with France in banning the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2040. At least, that’s the headline, but in practice it’s likely that hybrids with modest battery range will become the new … Continue reading

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Battery power

UK business secretary Greg Clark has announced a £200m+ investment in developing battery technology, as part of a broader industrial strategy. Despite being late in the game compared to some Asian countries, the intention is to boost the UK economy … Continue reading

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On the right tracks?

Major infrastructure projects can be fraught with difficulties of various kinds, not least political, where the UK planning system can drag out decision-making for years. Even before reaching that stage, governments are loath to make decisions that are subject to … Continue reading

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National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios 2016

In the autumn, the Scientific Alliance published two very important papers on the most recent National Grid FES study. Dr Capell Aris and Colin Gibson, both highly respected engineers with many years of experience at senior level in the electricity … Continue reading

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Take one barrel of oil…

Electrification is the future if the world’s energy use is to be radically ‘decarbonised’ as the IPCC says is necessary. The somewhat contentious Paris accord is the latest stab at a concerted approach to this, albeit without the involvement of … Continue reading

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Are electric cars going mainstream?

As governments continue to push for cars with lower CO2 emissions, most manufacturers have gone beyond simply making their diesel- and petrol-engined models more efficient (although the results of this have been impressive). They have also begun to introduce more … Continue reading

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