VIDEO: Are Wages Stagnant Because Tech Firms Like Apple, Google & Facebook Have Replaced Worker Productivity With Technology Productivity?

This interesting video explains that while the world economy has recovered from the 2008 economic collapse, wages are still only growing at the rate of inflation; that is half of what they were growing before the Great Recession.  This is because the 80% of corporate profits are now concentrated in just 10% of companies and mostly those are tech giants.  The so called ‘superstar firms’ like Apple, Facebook and Google are advancing technology and intellectual property at a staggering rate.…

BEV, Hybrid, PHEV, FCEV, Mild Hybrid? Vehicle Electrification Types Explained In Simple Terms

If you are new to electric vehicles, the naming of hybrid and full EV’s can be confusing.  For that matter, if you are not new to electric vehicles, the naming of hybrid and full EV’s can be confusing.  I recently had a discussion with two Tesla owners who had no idea what a Mild Hybrid was. To make this even more confusing many auto manufacturers make a gas, hybrid, PHEV and/or BEV versions of the same car!  For instance the…

VIDEO: Is There a Future For Plug In Hybrid Vehicles?

Tesla fan boys and some other industry observers claim that plug-in hybrid vehicles are a needlessly complex and expensive technology and more importantly that consumers will not buy PHEV’s because full battery electric’s (BEV’s) are so much better. In this video Volvo US CEO Anders Gustafsson explains there is a bright future for Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV), at least in the short run.  Volvo will double down on electrification under his leadership and they will promote PHEV’s to most of…

Will the liberals win liberate the clean energy sector in Canada?

Canadians took to the polls late last year, an election that was won by Justin Trudeau Leader of the Liberal Party. During, the polls the Liberals won 184 seats hence allowing them to form the next government. Harper’s conservatives came in second with 99 seats and become the official opposition party. The New Democratic Party garnered 44 seats. Many of the Canadian voters were in support of parties that have more energy-saving and climate change policies. Gasoline prices have been…

What is Grid Parity & Why Coal Going to Be Used For Decades to Come

“Grid Parity” is the term used in the energy sector to describe the cost of adding electricity into power distribution systems (high voltage wires – aka ‘The Grid’) as the same for different methods of producing electricity.  It is important to note that the cost has to be the true, unsubsidized cost for Grid Parity to be a reality. Coal fired generation is often used as the baseline for Grid Parity calculations as it is the less expensive form of…

How Much Better is Solar & Wind Power in 2020 Compared to 2010?

The year 2010 was not that long ago.  The US housing bubble and subsequent global economic collapse of 2008 resulted in governments pouring billions into the projects to get the economy moving.  A notable amount went in wind and solar.  In the United States, then President Obama announced $100 Billion “Green Stimulus” as part of a larger $900 Billion total stimulus package including: “…Renewable energy loans: ($10 billion Senate, $8 billion House) – These work like outright grants for various…

What is Battery Swap & Why Do Auto Manufacturers Need It?

We just completed a story on the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV which is really a Nio ES8 which has a fascinating technology called battery swap.  The idea is that a semi-permanent kiosk can swap out your drained car battery for a fresh fully charged battery in the same time it would take to fill up as gas/diesel vehicle with old fashioned dino-juice: This isn’t some unproven demonstration either.  Nio already has 143 battery swap stations in 58 different cities:…

The All New 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV with Battery Swap?

Now that Mitsubishi is part of the Nissan Renault Alliance it is time to share parts, designs and advance into a brave new all electric world.  In fact the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV and Mitsubishi Outlander All EV have battery swap technology.  This means their batteries can replaced in THREE MINUTES inside a kiosk smaller than a gas station convenience store. Click to Expand   That would be great if it were true.  Unfortunately the pictures above are not…

A Brief Rational Look At The End of the Oil Age

“A huge shock to the system:  Our assessment is that global energy demand is set to drop by 5% in 2020, energy-related CO2 emissions by 7%, and energy investment by 18%. The impacts vary by fuel. The estimated falls of 8% in oil demand and 7% in coal use stand in sharp contrast to a slight rise in the contribution of renewables… “IEA World Energy Report So began the latest large scale report on the energy industry.  When combing through the…

What is a SPAC Special Purpose Acquisition Company & How Does It Differ From a Merger, Reverse Merger or Blank Cheque Company?

If you want to understand modern business, in particular EV, new energy and tech companies, you had better understand what a SPAC is. The world of finance used to be relatively simple.  There were just three kinds of ownership structures: Sole proprietors One person running a company Partnerships Small group of people running a company Privately held companies Usually a small group of people running a company with many (i.e. 40) shareholders that is not publicly traded so their shares…

VIDEO: Will Google Loose Its Innovation Mojo Because of the DoJ AntiTrust Case Like Microsoft Did?

Like millions of people, thousands of companies and dozens of countries, staff at our sister site URTech.ca are closely following Googles’ Antitrust case. There is much talk about how this process will take years to play out and how Google may or may not be broken up as a result.  However, there is little attention paid to how Google will involuntarily react during the process. We found a small part of a Bloomberg interview with Zillow co-founder and SuperNova founder…

In Simple Terms: Everything You Need To Know About Solid State EV Batteries

In recent months there has been much talk of so called solid state batteries for use in electric vehicles (EV’s).  However, most Solid State Battery engineering is not being done by the big automobile manufacturers like VW, Toyota and GM; mostly SSB’s are being developed by small design houses you likely have never hear of like QuantumScape, Fisker and Solid Power. WHAT IS A SOLID STATE BATTERY? When we think of solid state batteries, we think of electronic circuits with…

Did the U.S. Just Invest $25 Million in a Brazilian Cobalt Mine To Fight China?

A new and little known agency of the United States federal government just invested USD$25 million into a Brazilian cobalt and nickel mine. Who is the US DFC? The United States Development Finance Corporation US DFC was formed in December 2019 as a replacement for several agencies including Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Development Credit Authority (DCA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As you might expect from the name of these groups, US DFC is…

VIDEO: How Is China’s New National Security Law in Hong Kong Different From Other Countries Laws

All countries need and have national security laws that put bounds on the conduct of its citizens and visitors so why if China’s so different? There is an excellent book titled “The Dictators Handbook” which explains in the decades and centuries past, dictators would simply round up and kill the people they did not like, but through the  last half of the 20th century increased communication and public scrutiny made those techniques for control dangerous. One only has to think…

Are GM’s New Ultium Batteries The Cure For EV Sales & Market Domination?

It should not have come as a surprise to us that several people have made snide comments about our review of General Motors new Ultium batteries but it did. So let us quickly clarify a few things. There is no suggestion that the GM’s Ultium EV battery packs will leap frog GM or any other company into market domination.  Low cost, flexible packaged, high capacity, fast charging, EV battery packs are a necessary but NOT sufficient element for domination.  So…