Sep 26, 2015

How tourism and travel will increase the use of electric vehicles

Electric Vehicles
Eric Harding
3 min
According to a new study by New York-based urban design, planning and architectural solutions firm WXY, tourism and travel could boost the use of

According to a new study by New York-based urban design, planning and architectural solutions firm WXY, tourism and travel could boost the use of electric vehicles (EVs).

The energy agency of New York State has funded a plan to create regional tourism networks promoting car rentals with hotels and attractions that have EV charging stations.

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Named “EV Tourism in the Empire State,” the study details a plan for New York’s popular Hudson River Valley and Catskills areas. Unlike similar EV feasibility studies in other parts of the country, this particular study is, "The first to focus on people that don't already own cars," say authors Adam Lubinsky and Paul Salama, two planners with WXY.

Spearheaded by Lubinsky and Salama — with funding from New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) — the report outlines a workable strategy for creating EV “destination clusters” near popular lodging and leisure sites within a 70-mile driving radius of commuter rail stations. The next step is promoting the "EV tours" to city residents and young families, most of which don’t own cars and tend to be eco-conscious consumers.

The EV tourism packages will be all-inclusive deals such as train tickets, EV rentals, wine tours and hotels, all with convenient charging stations.

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But will "green weekend" getaways increase the use of EV? According to the planners from WXY Architecture + Urban Design, it will. Also as a result of EV tourism, electric car perception and demand will increase as well.

"Promoting these attractive destination clusters and forging creative, strategic partnerships could spark the emergence of a viable ecosystem that supports broader EV adoption here and eventually, across the nation," says Lubinsky.

In addition, the city of Orlando is turning increasingly green, as city officials have partnered with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Chevrolet and others to add another 14 electric plug-in Chevy Volts to Enterprise’s local rental facilities.

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While the number of electric vehicles at Enterprise’s Orlando locations is limited, the company intends to add even more Chevy Volts in the near future. The volt runs on both electricity and gasoline, with a combined total range of 380 miles.

With over 300 plug-in stations to recharge the electric engine throughout the region, travelers won’t need to use much gas when checking out the sights and scenery.

“Here in Orlando, we pride ourselves on being a sustainable, cutting-edge community and a place where leadership and partnership come together to do amazing things and tackle big challenges,” said Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer. “That’s one of the reasons why we’re proud to show national leadership when it comes to sustainability, and that includes advancing the adoption of electric cars both here in our backyard and across America.”

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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