Tesla driver becomes 50,000th user
This week, the largest and most open electric vehicle charging network hit a historical landmark – 50,000 drivers on the growing ChargePoint network.
It should come as no surprise that the 50,000th member resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Just two weeks ago, the Bay Area landed in the top spot on list of the “Top 10 EV-friendly Metropolitan Areas.”
According to the Electric Drive Transportation Association, 10,060 plug-in vehicles were sold in the United States in October, representing a 24 percent increase over the previous month and 43 percent increase over October of 2012. There have now been 148,854 plug-in vehicles sold nationwide.
The 50,000th user joined Tuesday evening, and less than one hour later, plugged-in a Tesla Model S to a ChargePoint station at the County of Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. With over 14,000 EV charging spots, members have now driven over 64 million miles free of gasoline. This equates to saving over 2.6 million gallons of gas and over 20 million pounds of CO2 emissions.
“This is quite an accomplishment for ChargePoint, but more importantly, it is a testament to how rapidly EV adoption is happening across the nation,” said Dimitrios Papadogonas, ChargePoint’s vice president of marketing. “We are seeing extraordinary growth within the EV market.”
ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle charging network in the world, with more than 14,000 charging locations. The company also manages a mobile app that provides EV drivers with real-time information, including availability of charging locations throughout the nation.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
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).
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.