Electrical cars EV Welsh MPs reject Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal timetable

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Most of Wales’ MPs have joined colleagues in opposing Boris Johnson’s three-day timetable to get his Brexit deal through the House of Commons.

MPs voted 322 versus 308, with a majority of 14, to reject the PM’s bid to fast-track his Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru members were among those rejecting the plan.

Cardiff Central MP Jo Stevens said it was “the right result in the national interest”.

But MPs did back the general principle of the Brexit bill, passing its second reading.

Andrew RT Davies, a Welsh Conservative Brexiteer AM, said it was a “big moment as after three years Parliament finally backs something”.

“But then the game-playing returns almost immediately with a vote for yet more prevarication and delay.”

The vote comes after the Welsh Assembly voted against Boris Johnson’s deal – with first minister Mark Drakeford calling for AMs to go further and formally refuse consent for the bill.

Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru’s parliamentary leader, said the delay gave “more opportunity to release the economic impact assessments”.

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Boris Johnson told MPs the UK “now faced further uncertainty”.

After the vote, the prime minister told the Commons he would “pause” his legislation until the EU had “stated their intentions”.

He sent a letter, as required by the Benn Act, requested an extension to the Brexit date of 31 October earlier this week.

Mr Johnson told MPs he was “disappointed” they had “voted for delay”, and said the UK “now faced further uncertainty”.

But he said his policy remained that Brexit would go ahead at the end of the month, but added: “One way or another, we will leave the EU with this deal to which this House has just given its assent.”

Welsh MPs opposing the timetable included Jane Dodds, for the Liberal Democrats, and former Welsh Conservative MP Guto Bebb.

All six Tory MPs backed the timetable, including former Brexiteer rebel David Jones who joined party colleagues in backing the second reading, which was opposed by Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru, Mr Bebb and Ms Dodds.

Mr Jones had voted against Theresa May’s Brexit deal three times. Stephen Kinnock, a Labour MP who has talked about supporting a deal, voted against the time table and the second reading.

Plaid’s Jonathan Edwards said: “Tonight’s defeat of the British Government was a victory for democracy. By choosing to pause the Bill, the Prime Minister is doing more to delay Brexit than anyone else.”

Electrical cars EV Jeremy Corbyn: House of Commons will not be ‘bounced’ on Brexit

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MPs have rejected a proposal to examine Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill in the Commons in three days.

The Commons supported the Withdrawal Agreement Bill earlier, but have now voted against the short timetable.

Jeremy Corbyn has said the rejection of the Brexit bill timetable showed they had “refused to be bounced” into debating the deal over two more days.

The Labour leader called on Mr Johnson to work with all MPs in order to “agree a reasonable timetable”.

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Electrical cars EV DUP MPs vote to block PM’s Brexit timetable

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Nigel Dodds asked the PM to sit down with the DUP to discuss the deal

DUP MPs have voted with Labour and other opposition parties to block the government’s timetable to pass key Brexit legislation.

The government won a vote on its Brexit bill, but a second vote on a plan to implement the law was lost by 14 votes.

Number 10 had wanted MPs to allow the bill to pass through Parliament in the space of three days.

Boris Johnson said he will now “pause” the legislation and speak to EU leaders about a delay to the Brexit deadline.

The prime minister was forced to ask for an extension, but unless the EU grants one, the UK is due to leave the EU with no deal on 31 October.

The DUP voted against both the government’s Brexit deal and against the timetable for putting it through Parliament.

The party’s chief whip, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, said MPs needed “much more time” to scrutinise the bill, which the government wanted to push through Parliament in the course of this week.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said MPs had made a “very wise” decision to vote down the timetable, also known as a programme motion.

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Mr Dodds addressed the PM directly and asked him to sit down with the DUP to discuss the detail in the Brexit bill.

“Talk to us again about what can be done at this late stage to ensure we join in this great quest together to get Brexit done, but as one United Kingdom,” he said.

Independent Unionist Lady Hermon, MP for North Down, also voted against the timetable motion.

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Lady Hermon had asked the government to reassure unionists about the contents of the bill

It means that all Northern Ireland MPs who take their seats in the chamber voted to oppose the government on two fronts on Tuesday night.

Sinn Féin has seven MPs but they abstain from taking their seats in the House of Commons.

Reacting to the results, Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar tweeted: “It’s welcome that the House of Commons voted by a clear majority in favour of legislation needed to enact Withdrawal Agreement.

“We will now await further developments from London and Brussels about next steps including timetable for the legislation and the need for an extension.”

The European Commission’s chief spokeswoman said her organisation takes note” of the results of the Westminster vote and “expects the UK government to inform us about the next step”.

She added that the President of the European Council Donald Tusk “is consulting leaders on the UK’s request for an extension until 31 January 2020”.

Electrical cars EV Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal clears first hurdle in Parliament

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The government has won the vote on the second reading of the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

MPs allowed Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal to clear its first parliamentary hurdle by 329 votes to 299 a majority of 30.

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NuScale Small Reactor Has Non-Energy Applications

NuScale Small Reactor Has Non-Energy Applications

Brian Wang |
October 18, 2019 |

NuScale small modular reactor can be used for flexible power operations, hydrogen production, process heat and power for oil refineries, and water desalination. Its technology is so far the first and only SMR undergoing the US regulatory process.

NuScale has also studied the potential for hydrogen production for fuel cell vehicles and other industrial applications. One 60 MWe NuScale Power Module (NPM) could power about 70,000 fuel cell vehicles, he said. Similarly, coupling of a NuScale plant to a 250,000 barrel per day oil refinery could bring a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Load Following and Industrial Heat

Each NPM can bypass 100% of its steam output to its condenser or to an industrial process, such as hydrogen production or industrial heat. By adjusting the valve position on the steam turbine, the NPM electrical power output can increase from 12 MWe (20%) to 60 MWe (100%) in 27 minutes or reduce power from 100% to 20% in 10 minutes, he said. In this mode, the thermal power of the NPM – 200 MWt – remains constant, which permits the transition from electric power production to thermal power production for industrial processes.

This feature also allows for rapid load following.

Hydrogen production

Given the currently low cost of natural gas in the USA, he said, steam-methane reforming is the most common method there of producing hydrogen.

“It requires combustion of roughly 10-15% of the methane in the feed stream to generate the heat and steam necessary to split the remainder of the methane; consequently, the resulting emission of CO2 is a concern,” he said. “Alternatively, electrolysis can dissociate water or steam into a clean source of hydrogen and oxygen.”

High-temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) is an emerging technology, he said, and is about 40% more efficient than conventional water electrolysis. NuScale worked together with researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to study the technical and economic feasibility of producing hydrogen using the HTSE process coupled to a six-module NuScale plant.

“Based on the analysis performed by INL, it was determined that a six-module NuScale plant implementing 50 MW modules would produce approximately 190 metric tons of hydrogen and 1500 metric tons of oxygen per day,” he said. “Of significant interest was the result that only 1.15 MW, or only 2.4% of the total power output, was required to raise the steam outlet temperature from 300 degrees Celsius to 800 degrees at the mass flow rates required for the HTSE process.

Oil refineries

NuScale Power and Fluor Corporation conducted a preliminary technical and economic assessment to evaluate the feasibility of using NPMs to support oil recovery and refining processes, reducing the overall carbon footprint of these industrial complexes and preserving fossil resources as feedstock for higher value products. Their assessment considered a representative refinery sized to process 250,000 barrels/day of crude oil.

The 10-module NuScale plant is competitive with the reference case for natural gas prices as low as USD5/MBtu even with no CO2 tax.

The capital investment for the NuScale plant can be recovered in 25 years if the natural gas cost exceeds USD9.5/MBtu without a carbon tax, or USD7.5/MBtu with a USD40/Mt CO2 penalty.

By providing both process steam heat and electrical power, a 10-module NuScale plant would reduce CO2 emissions from the refinery by about 40% or roughly 200 Mt/hr.

NuScale is about USD900 million into the development of its SMR design and they have 485 patents.

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Indian Government Report 5% GDP Growth But Slowdown is Probably Worse

Indian Government Report 5% GDP Growth But Slowdown is Probably Worse

Brian Wang |
September 23, 2019 |

India’s Gross domestic product rose by 5 percent in the first quarter of 2019-20 compared to 5.8 percent in the previous quarter, according to the Central Statistics Office. In gross value added terms, the economy grew at 4.9 percent in the April-June period, compared to 5.7 percent last quarter. It is the first time since 2013 when India has had two quarters with less than 6% GDP growth.

The NY Times reports that early economic indicator statistics used by Alan Greenspan look terrible. Greenspan would often look at sales of men’s underwear as a guide to where an economy was headed. India’s mend’s underwear sales are down 50 percent. Cars sales are down 32 percent.

SOURCES- Bloomberg Quint, NY Times


Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

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China Electric Car Maker Nio is Near Bankruptcy

China Electric Car Maker Nio is Near Bankruptcy

Brian Wang |
October 1, 2019 |

A young electric car company in China, NIO, appears to be days to weeks from bankruptcy.

Analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein led by Robin Zhu cut their price target for NIO to just $0.90. In a note, Zhu and his team said that even with a recent $200 million raise, the company may have only weeks of cash remaining.

China has been rolling back subsidies provided for new energy vehicles and plans to phase out subsidies after 2020.

NIO sold 3,140 ES8 cars in the quarter, down from 3,989 cars in the first quarter. ES8 is a pure-electric, seven-seat sport-utility vehicle, which is seen as a rival to Tesla’s Model X. They sold 413 cars of the cheaper ES6 model.

NIO also tried to create luxury social clubs and luxury non-car product lines as part of their offering.

The stock is down to about $1.22 a share.

SOURCES – NIO, Motley Fool


Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

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Tesla Given Approval to Start Shanghai Factory Production

Tesla Given Approval to Start Shanghai Factory Production

Brian Wang |
October 18, 2019 |

China Ministry granted Tesla a certificate it needs to start production in the country. Tesla intends to produce at least 1,000 Model 3s a week from the Shanghai factory by the end of 2019.

Tesla China’s second-generation Model 3 production line will be at least 50% cheaper per unit of capacity than its Model 3-related lines in Fremont.

Tesla will start building a simplified, more cost-effective version of their Model 3 line with capacity of 150,000 units per year – the second generation of the Model 3 production process. Chinese customers bought well over a half-million mid-sized


premium sedans in 2019. Thi market poses a strong long-term opportunity for Tesla.

Tesla continues to target production of over 500,000 vehicles globally in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2020.

Tesla will start producing the Model Y in 2020. They forecast Model Y will be a more profitable product than the Model 3

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Future cars Green number plates planned for electric cars

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The government is consulting on possible designs for the number plates

Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans.

The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking.

The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target of net zero emissions.

But Friends of the Earth said without better financial incentives and more charging points, little would change.

The government is asking industry and the public for their views on how to implement the scheme.

“As the UK moves at pace towards net zero emissions, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of zero tailpipe emission vehicles on UK roads,” said the Department for Transport (DfT).

“Through the introduction of green number plates, local authorities would have a useful visual identifier should they wish to introduce incentives to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles, such as allowing these drivers to use bus lanes and to pay less for parking.”

CPT UK, the trade body for the bus and coach industry, said it would be a mistake to allow electric cars to use bus lanes.

“If local authorities allow some cars to use bus infrastructure, which is already severely strained and in need of significant investment, we will simply increase congestion for bus passengers and drive people off the bus and back into cars the vast majority of which are not electric,” said chief executive Graham Vidler.

Sales of all-electric vehicles (EVs) are up sharply since last year, leading to suggestions the market has reached a turning point.

But all-electric vehicles still represent only a fraction of total car sales and there are challenges to uptake, including a lack of charging points on roads and too few low-cost models.

The government said a similar licence plate scheme introduced on a trial basis in the Canadian province of Ontario had led to an increase in electric vehicle registrations.

However, RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “While the sentiment seems right, there are question marks as to whether drivers would see this as a badge of honour or alternatively it could foster resentment among existing drivers of petrol and diesel vehicles.

“On the face of it, drivers we’ve questioned don’t seem too impressed – only a fifth think it’s a good idea and the majority said the number plates wouldn’t have the effect of making them any more likely to switch to an electric vehicle.”

Friends of the Earth campaigner Jenny Bates urged the introduction of a national scrappage scheme, saying it would “help fund a switch to a cleaner vehicle or greener transport alternative.”


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Rod McClair-Burgess, regularly drives his electric car into the City. He says, incentives such as being allowed to use bus lanes would make his journey “faster and easier” and be “a huge plus”.

“That would probably half my commute time and would be a real incentive for me for driving a car like this,” he says.


Future cars ‘Positive and exciting’

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the UK was “in the driving seat” of global efforts to tackle vehicle emissions, but wanted to “accelerate” progress.

“Green number plates are a really positive and exciting way to help everyone recognise the increasing number of electric vehicles on our roads,” he added.

The DfT has issued three potential number plate designs and is consulting on which one should be adopted.

The move comes as part of the government’s £1.5bn Road to Zero Strategy, a package of measures aimed at making the UK “the best place in the World to own an electric vehicle”.

The Norwegian capital Oslo has plenty of electric vehicles. You can spot them relatively easily by looking for an “e” at the start of each number plate.

E-vehicles park for free in some public car parks which are loaded with charging points.

And a commute in or out of the city in an electrical vehicle is generally much faster than in a petrol or a diesel car because on several main roads, electric cars can zoom down the bus lane.

This type of incentive does exist in some parts of the UK (for example Nottingham has a bus lane which e-vehicles are allowed in) but the government hopes by marking low emission vehicles out with a green number plate more councils will do more to persuade drivers thinking about making the switch.

In Norway, such incentives have played a role.

But high taxes for petrol and diesel cars as well as tax breaks for electric cars, together with a good network of fast-charging points, have also been critical factors in pushing Norway beyond the electric adoption tipping point.

In the UK, consumers get £3,500 towards the cost of a new electric car and if the vehicle is valued at under £40,000 it is exempt from annual vehicle tax.

But the government admits the UK’s charging infrastructure still needs to improve.