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How to Design for the Future

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How do we design for the future amid the disruptive present?

In this closing plenary session, Lauren Phipps, director and senior analyst for the circular economy at GreenBiz, speaks with Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, about how to design for the future.

For example, how do you reconcile incremental change and the need to change more quickly to meet needs and goals? The COVID-19 pandemic has showed how quick change can happen. Now and in the future, organizations need to continue working together to develop better systems.  

“We need to move toward the future with energy and enthusiasm and not just fear,” Brown says during the discussion.

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Adidas Releases Recyclable Sneaker For The Circular Economy

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The fashion industry has been coming under fire in recent years for its environmental impact. Not only does the industry have a large carbon footprint, but many of the materials it uses are damaging for ocean environments. Sustainability has become a key concern for conscious consumers, and this has been having a knock-on effect on brands. Adidas has already made efforts to address its environmental impact by using recycled PET plastic in its products, and now it has made another step forward by releasing its first totally recyclable shoe.

The shoe was launched as part of Adidas’ recent Ultraboost release that was timed to coincide with Earth Week and is called Made to be Remade. The idea behind the sneaker is that it forms part of a circular economy. It’s made with materials and technology that enable the shoes to be returned to Adidas at the end of their life, after which they will be remade into a new pair of shoes or product, hence the Made to be Remade moniker.

The way in which the shoes are returned to Adidas is actually pretty nifty — on the tongue of each pair there is a QR code. When scanned with a smartphone, it launches a digital experience where the return process can be accessed and managed.

Adidas is touting these shoes as part of its continued efforts to bring an end to plastic waste and reduce the plastic pollution of the oceans. It also has an ongoing collaboration with Parley where it uses reclaimed ocean plastic in the shoe design.

While Adidas should be given a level of respect for making efforts to bring a level of responsibility to the manufacture of its shoes, we would like to see this same approach applied to all of its products. Rather than just enabling one type of shoes to be remade as part of a circular economy, it would be revolutionary if all of its shoes offered the same experience. Let’s hope this is the way of the future, and that Adidas is leading the charge.

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Small Cargo EVs For Cities Could Be A Game Changer

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I recently ordered some groceries online from a local supermarket in Harare and when the delivery arrived I was surprised to see a very big lorry outside the gate to drop off the groceries. When the delivery guy opened the back of the lorry, I was even more surprised to see that only my groceries were in the back of that huge lorry. I then wondered, had they consolidated a lot of orders that day and I happened to be at the end of the line? Or was the lorry ever full that day? That delivery service needed a more right-sized solution, I thought. It’s really such a waste to burn all that diesel when a right-sized EV could do the job if they were available in the local market.

I have also noticed that a lot of young people doing deliveries for fast food, chocolate, flowers, and other things are using their personal cars which in most cases are in the range of a Honda Fit, Toyota Corolla, or a VW Polo. In most cases in this part of the world, this is the only job they have, and maximizing profit for the day’s shift is the main goal and therefore reducing the main driver of their operational costs (the high cost of petrol) would go a long way in improving their income.

We have seen Renault introduce a van version of its popular Zoe. The Zoe van has a 245-mile range and is available in two well-equipped specifications — Business and Business+. It has a 52 kWh battery, an 80 kW R110 electric motor, and has 50kW DC charging. But it starts from about £25,000. Another French automaker has just announced the cargo version of the Citroen Ami. It has a 5.5 kWh battery, a 6 kW motor, a top speed of 45 km/h, and can carry goods of about 140 kilograms, but most importantly, you can get one for about €6,000. Another good thing is the Ami is produced here in Africa, in Morocco, helping create employment on the continent.

Could we start seeing more firms introduce these types of small city cargo vans in this price range? Immediately one starts to think about the Wuling MINI EV. The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV has been breaking records in China, selling over 30,000 vehicles per month in recent times.

The $4,200 MINI EV has two battery options and some decent specs for that price:

  • 120 km of range using 9.2 kWh battery (NEDC I suppose) for just $4,112
  • 170 km of range using 13.8 kWh battery (NEDC I suppose) for $5,540
  • A top speed of 100 km/h
  • A 13 kW and 85 Nm electric motor
  • Can seat up to 4 people
  • Very decent boot space of 741 liters of space when the rear seats are folded down
  • 2,917 millimeters long, 1,493 millimeters wide, and 1,621 millimeters high, with a 1,940-millimeter wheelbase

The General Motors, SAIC, and Wuling alliance have shown that they really want to sell this little car by adding the trendy Macaron Edition as well as the convertible version known as the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV Cabrio in a major marketing drive. A cargo version of the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV would be very welcome. The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV is helping create a new market for city EVs, and several other firms such as Levdeo and Changan are adding these small city EVs to their portfolio. Adding cargo options of these would be awesome at those prices and could be a game changer in the delivery and logistics industry. These EVs, if they were available in this part of the world, would be in the same price range as a used Honda Fit but much cheaper to run on locally generated electricity, making them affordable for young people doing deliveries or building their own fleet for their small business.

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Wisk Aero & Blade Urban Air Mobility Join Forces To Make Electric Air Taxis A Reality

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In a further step towards making electric air taxis a reality, Boeing- and Kitty Hawk-backed eVTOL startup Wisk Aero has formed a partnership with Blade Urban Air Mobility to send a fleet of 30 eVTOLs up into the air.

There may be some regulatory hurdles to clear before we begin to see passenger-laden eVTOLs in the sky, but the question most companies are now looking at is more framed by when the regulations will come into play as opposed to if the regulations will come into play. This is a big difference, as the former means it’s only a matter of time before eVTOLs are in commercial operation.

Right now, there are a number of companies investing heavily in the development of eVTOLs, such as CityHawk and EHang. Building a high quality, operational eVTOL is only part of the process though — once the eVTOLs are are allowed to engage in commercial passenger journeys, there is a whole other side of a business that needs to be addressed, namely the logistics side of operating passenger routes.

There are some companies that are aiming to operate vertically and both build eVTOLs and operate the customer side of the business. For example, EHang is managing both sides of the operation. Other companies are looking at different solutions, which makes sense — we don’t expect traditional airplane manufacturers to run an airport and organize flight paths in addition to building the aircraft. This partnership between Wisk Aero and Blade Urban Mobility falls into the latter solution.

Under the terms of this partnership, Wisk will supply Blade with up to 30 eVTOLs. The vehicles will be owned and maintained by Wisk and run on Blade’s existing network of air terminals for short-distance routes. Wisk’s vehicles are touted to be able to carry two passengers for a distance of up to 25 miles when the vehicles are fully charged. Wisk will receive compensation from Blade based on flight times, with Blade expecting to be able to guarantee a minimum number of flight hours given its strong existing network.

Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk, sees the partnership as indication of what is to come. “This arrangement validates that UAM is the future of mobility,” he said. “To date, we have been focused on developing an aircraft and customer experience that is efficient, accessible, and — most importantly — safe. The combination of our expertise as an autonomous eVTOL aircraft manufacturer and operator, with the operational expertise of Blade, will help usher in an even greater level of safety and service.”

This enthusiasm for the collaboration was shared by Rob Wiesenthal, CEO of Blade. “We look forward to working with Wisk to help accelerate Blade’s transition from conventional rotorcraft to safe, quiet, emission-free Electric Vertical Aircraft,” he added.

It appears that as soon as the regulatory hurdles are cleared, the two companies will be raring to go with the project. “The Wisk-Blade arrangement is a perfect fit for our asset light model,” said Will Heyburn, CFO and Head of Corporate Development for Blade. “Backed by Boeing’s deep aerospace experience, Wisk will own, operate and maintain their aircraft as part of our network, allowing Blade to focus on delivering a great experience to our fliers.”

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Registration Now Open For Ford E-Transit Customers In North America

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While others (we’re looking at you, GM) are touting splashy new electric vehicles like the Hummer electric pickup truck that starts at $112,000, Ford is down in the trenches, preparing to sell electric vehicles that work for a living instead of posing for selfies outside swanky country clubs.

The vehicles used by tradespeople and delivery companies have an outsize impact on carbon emissions from the transportation sector compared to the number of them on the road. Why? Because most private vehicles are only used an hour or two a day. Working vehicles are more likely to be in constant use throughout the work day. More use means more miles driven and more emissions spewing out of tailpipes.

Electric vehicles appeal strongly to those who understand the term “total cost of ownership.” If you make your living delivering packages or driving to job sites, every fill-up, oil change, tuneup, and repair is money out of your pocket. Electric vehicles have lower fuel and maintenance costs, which leaves more left over for the one metric that everyone understands — profits.

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Ford will begin deliveries of its E-Transit battery electric delivery and cargo vans in North America in 2022. In a recent press release, it says it has inquiries about the trucks from 450 commercial customers in North America, including 200 top fleets and fleet management companies. Now those companies can register their signify their interest by sign on to the Ford commercial vehicle website. No deposit is required to join the list of potential customers. The company plans to begin accepting orders in June.

“We’ve had so much interest early on, we wanted to open this registration site to serve customers with a build mix for their needs across all van body styles,” says Ted Cannis, general manager of Ford’s North American commercial division. “Some customers want high-roof vans to maximize internal cargo space, while others need to install bodies on cutaways and chassis cabs. Customers will have an all-electric solution — from box truck delivery to parking structure-friendly utility service vans and everything in between.”

Ford’s market research indicates interest in electric vans is growing. By 2030, it expects electric vehicles to represent 70% of the full size bus and van business in the US. That translates to about 300,000 vehicles annually. The E-Transit will be built at Ford’s factory in Kansas City alongside traditional gasoline powered versions. The E-Transit will be available in 8 configurations. As a cargo van it will be offered with three different roof heights and three wheelbase lengths. It will also be available as a chassis cab or cutaway model.

The E-Transit offers the same cargo dimensions and standard mounting points as the gasoline powered van. That means fleets can continue to use the same upfits, racks, bins, and accessories that fit the conventional vans, which will save customers even more money.

Ford says its research shows the customers most strongly interested in purchasing an E-Transit van are companies that deliver wholesale goods and packages from groceries to replacement parts. In addition, equipment rental companies; local, state and federal government agencies; and utility and telecommunications companies are also strongly interested. Customers have told Ford they plan to use E-Transit for recreational vehicles, school buses, automotive service, carpet cleaning, service vans, and other commercial applications. More unusual applications include armored car services, blood donation units, and prisoner transport.

Lower MSRP

The starting price for a low roof Ford E-Transit with a 67 kWh battery and 126 miles of range is $43,295 before available incentives. Based on more than 30 million miles of data, the company says the average Transit vans travels 74 miles a day. The top price of the E-Transit is $52,690. Both prices are significantly lower than anticipated last fall when Ford first announced its plans to build the E-Transit in the US.

“Customers should be thrilled to see that the starting price is well under what we announced at the E-Transit reveal in November,” says Cannis. “We want to make these products accessible and turnkey because, as the trusted leader we are today, we know customers need electric products that fit their business – not the other way around.” Ford estimates the E-Transit will cost 40% less to operate than a convention van over 8 years and an anticipated 100,000 miles of service. The E-Transit can be serviced at more than 600 Ford dealers in North America.

Pro Power Onboard

All E-Transit vans will be available with the Pro Power Onboard option that turns the vehicle into a mobile generator with up to 2.4 kilowatts of available power to help customers use and recharge job site tools ranging from belt sanders to miter saws. Using a standard embedded modem, Ford’s SYNC 4 capability makes software subscriptions possible to help fleets manage charging transactions, telematics services, and the like.

Ford will be bringing early production E-Transit vans to job sites and in communities across North America this summer as Ford begins a pilot program that will allow potential customers test the electric van to see how it fits their business needs.

Electric vans are not sexy. You won’t see Car and Driver or Fully Charged doing devoting a lot of time to reviewing them. Nor will you see YouTube videos of them drag racing against Ferraris and Lamborghinis. But they are where the essential changeover from fossil fuels to electricity must take place if we are to have any hope of taming the challenge of a warming planet.

Ford has been criticized for not moving fast enough on the electric car front, but its efforts to get electric vans on the road should be recognized. Sexy is not always important and what is important is not always sexy. Ford had elected to spend some of the $22 billion it intends to invest in electric vehicles by 2025 to bring battery powered work vans to market. It has been a leader in commercial truck sales for more than 4 decades and is bringing all that experience to bear as it transitions to manufacturing electric work vehicles.

The good news is, the E-Transit will help convince drivers why electric vehicles are superior while the total operating expenses will convince others that electric vehicles are cheaper to fuel and cheaper to maintain. The only people who don’t like electric vehicles are people who have never experienced an electric vehicle. The E-Transit will play an important role in moving the EV revolution forward.


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