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@ElectrifyingCom Although I’d never want one I thought it looked quite cool in a very glitzy way-until I noticed this futuristic concept car is powered by 8 cylinders still drinking dino juice!
Who thinks people will be excited by a concept burning more petrol or diesel
Its nearly 2022 @BMWGroup

So every EV on the road since 2018 has got cleaner for free... And keeps on getting cleaner as we green the grid and it cleans up.

Meanwhile an ICE/hybrid vehicle bought in 18 is getting dirtier as it wears out and its emissions systems fail.

Great graphic! https://twitter.com/MusingsEv/status/1465623862792568834

So every EV on the road since 2018 has got cleaner for free...  And keeps on getting cleaner as we green the grid and it cleans up. 

Meanwhile an ICE/hybrid vehicle bought in 18 is getting dirtier as it wears out and its emissions systems fail.  

Great graphic! https://t.co/kDFeg2usgD
EV Musings.@MusingsEv

Three years ago today 45% of our energy was generated by coal.

Today 44% is zero carbon.

@Miles_per_kWh @VolvoCarUK @OctopusEnergy @andersen_ev @bobbyllew @Carpervert @KateFantom Glad it’s working well
That salary sacrifice is a stonking deal👍
One question -are you using winter tyres or was it delivered with all seasons?
My Tesla Model 3 is fab but has summer performance tyres that wouldn’t get any traction on the white stuff in Yorkshire this week🙄

New #Tesla update brings waypoints to UK eg London to John O Groats to Lands End and back to London again

Remember way points add stops between departure point and destination.. so on a round trip destination is your departure point then add stops!

@DavidHowey @DJBurges @EpicWinningMaz Thanks
My use case is even more niche sadly!
I don’t have solar yet but a battery will take off peak min gas/coal overnight power when there is barely enough demand to match offshore wind power production & then use it to power the house & heat all day (or even export to grid)

@DavidHowey @DJBurges @EpicWinningMaz I raise this as I’m looking at a Tesla powerwall precisely to lower the carbon intensity (& cost)of the power I use at home including for my air source heat pump
Obviously battery production involved CO2 but over the long term the battery should cut CO2 and help balance the grid?

@DavidHowey @DJBurges @EpicWinningMaz Not my specialist subject but some of the conclusions seem odd for UK
Why would a 10% efficiency loss for storage increase carbon intensity if it’s charging at 87-103g/kWh last night compared to 218g this morning?
Also ignores grid transmission losses surely?

@DJBurges @DavidHowey @EpicWinningMaz As well as managing peaks, using battery storage should enable the charge stations to use more off peak overnight power at lower cost & which usually has a much lower carbon intensity (mostly wind & nuclear)
This helps balance the grid, an increasing priority as we add more wind

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David Nicholson

David Nicholson Is the founder of Rivergecko Ltd & MyUrbanCar which provide consultancy and advice for drivers and fleets to speed the transition from dirty fossil fuel transport to clean vehicles powered by renewable energy on land water and air.

The @MyUrbanCar twitter feed is a source of news & reviews of electric & plugin cars and vans in the UK.
The @rivergecko twitter feed & www.myurbancar.com websites bring news and opinion on cleantech transport including cars, vans, buses, trucks, shipping, rail & aviation as well as autonomous vehicles & renewable energy, air pollution & motor industry news.

David Nicholson has worked as an underwriter at Lloyd's of London since the 1980's. His interest in technology goes back many years including interactive mapping, apps, green tech, boats, solar and cars.