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Lincoln Announces 4 New EVs Coming, Audi Halts New Internal Combustion Engine Development

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The pace of change in the world of automobiles is accelerating. Lincoln and Audi had announcements this week that should gladden the heart of all EV proponents.

Lincoln Says 4 New Battery Electric Cars On The Way

Ford Motor Company is aggressively moving into the EV space with the Mustang Mach E and the upcoming F-150 Lightning pickup truck. It should come as no surprise then that Lincoln is also in line for an assortment of battery electric cars. The first is scheduled to appear next year — just in time for the company’s centennial — with three more coming by 2030.

According to the Detroit News, Lincoln expects a majority of its sales globally will be fully electric by 2026. “You typically see luxury clients more as tech adopters and certainly with the propulsion paired with that connectivity and that intelligence you get in the vehicle and those digital experiences, it makes sense we’re seeing that,” Lincoln president Joy Falotico said during a virtual news conference this week. “It’s going to be a transition period and we want to make sure we have what clients want.”

The electric cars from Lincoln will be built on a dedicated EV platform that permits either a single motor rear-wheel drive configuration or a dual motor all-wheel drive variant. The company has provided no specifics about its first all electric car, but if you guessed it will be an SUV, you are probably right on the money.

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“When you’re working around traditional engines, transmissions, fuel systems, the space left for people can be compromised,” said John Jraiche, global director for luxury vehicles at Ford. “But the company’s new rear-wheel drive/all-wheel drive flexible bed architecture allows us to re-imagine the interior space and deliver the power of sanctuary in a new way for our clients.”

Lincoln is joining the 21st century in other ways as well. Lincoln Intelligence System, a cloud-based system for electrical, power distribution and computing systems, will allow for continued updates over the life of the vehicle. The company is also expanding its online sales platform and the number of bespoke showrooms across the country.

Those locations will showcase Lincoln vehicles, provide digital resources for customers to purchase a vehicle, and serve as a place where customers can drop off their vehicle for service. “This is what luxury clients expect,” Michael Sprague, director of North America operations, said. “Brand-exclusive facilities drive our growth. In the top 30 luxury markets, more than 75% of our volume comes from brand-exclusive locations.”

Audi To Halt Development Of Internal Combustion Engines

Perhaps no legacy automaker is as committed to selling exclusively electric cars at Volkswagen Group, the parent company of Audi. Speaking to German auto industry source Automobilwoche this week, Audi CEO Marcus Duesmann said, “We will no longer develop a new internal combustion engine, but will adapt our existing internal combustion engines to new emission guidelines. The EU plans for an even stricter Euro 7 emissions standard are a huge technical challenge and at the same time have little benefit for the environment,” he said. “That extremely restricts the combustion engine.”

Actually, Marcus, that’s sort of the point of the new standard. Quit whining. The changeover to all electric cars at Audi will take a while, perhaps as long as 15 years. While the company may not develop any new internal combustion engines, it has a whole slew of world class engines it can plug into future cars and sell them in markets where exhaust emissions are not as strict as those in Europe — places like the US, for example. Motor 1 reports the company is planning one last gasp ultra premium sedan featuring the iconic W12 engine that has seen duty in the discontinued Volkswagen Phaeton and in many Bugatti models.

Ultimately, it will not be the engines that cause some of the models that Audi currently manufacturers to disappear, it will be the chassis they are built on. At some point (and the sooner the better), investing in new products based on last century technology will no longer be profitable. The days of building cars that can accept a diesel, gas, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery electric powertrain are rapidly coming to a close.

Ford’s John Jraiche said it best when talking about the new electric cars coming from Lincoln. Electric cars permit more room for passengers and allow designers to rethink what the cars of the future should be. Companies that insist on honoring the paradigm of the ICE powered car will be out of business as customers shun their products.

Previously, Marcus Duesman has hinted that Audi will be an all electric brand by 2035. That is much too low a target. If Audi is that slow to change, it will disappear from the marketplace by then and deservedly so.


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Solar Retailers: Stop Searching For Solar Marketing Ideas. Your Passage To Growth Has Finally Arrived.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – PV Passage is here with the goal to disrupt the solar industry. They are paving the way for smaller suppliers to compete against large-scale, corporate retailers.

Built from a team of industry professionals, each member has over 14 years of experience in the solar market. Lived experience from the days of pre-$8000 government rebates through turbulent markets and an ever-evolving industry to successfully support retailers in becoming long-term resilient players.

Acting as a guide, PV Passage’s purpose is to support the smaller suppliers in each step of the process. From lead generation to supply management to sales training, PV Passage is here to even the playing field, giving David the slingshot he needs to take on Goliath.

With a formula of proven solar marketing ideas, reliable and consistent supply, in-depth sales training, and a deep understanding of the industry, the team at PV Passage has got all you need to grow your striving business to reach its full potential

It’s no secret that the more prominent international suppliers dominate the industry. These companies have a stronghold in the supply chain. With no exclusivity offered, retailers are competing against each other for small profit margins. For the smaller of these retailers, it can be simply too hard to compete – until now.

No matter where in Australia you are located, PV Passage has proven solutions. From solar in Tasmania to Townsville to Byron Bay and beyond, a tailored solution to suit your business’s goals is waiting for you.

With vast experience navigating a competitive and cut-throat industry, the PV Passage team has identified the gaps that restrain quality operators from expanding beyond their limits. Knowing your product and delivering a flawless service is not always enough. Raising your profile to a necessary point of scale takes time and knowledge. This is where the challenges arise. This is where PV Passage fills the gap for small but ambitious solar providers.

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The only solar distributor in Australia to offer real-world competitive advantages for the growing solar retailer. Advantages such as product exclusivity, geo exclusivity, tailored sales training, and a reliable supply chain. Retailers have the chance to skip the competition and focus on what they’re good at: providing a high-quality service.

PV Passage is looking for candidates that best match their growth model, and partnerships are limited, so enquire now if your business is ready to take passage.

Contact at www.pvpassage.com.au.


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Solar Retailers: Stop Searching For Solar Marketing Ideas. Your Passage To Growth Has Finally Arrived.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – PV Passage is here with the goal to disrupt the solar industry. They are paving the way for smaller suppliers to compete against large-scale, corporate retailers.

Built from a team of industry professionals, each member has over 14 years of experience in the solar market. Lived experience from the days of pre-$8000 government rebates through turbulent markets and an ever-evolving industry to successfully support retailers in becoming long-term resilient players.

Acting as a guide, PV Passage’s purpose is to support the smaller suppliers in each step of the process. From lead generation to supply management to sales training, PV Passage is here to even the playing field, giving David the slingshot he needs to take on Goliath.

With a formula of proven solar marketing ideas, reliable and consistent supply, in-depth sales training, and a deep understanding of the industry, the team at PV Passage has got all you need to grow your striving business to reach its full potential

It’s no secret that the more prominent international suppliers dominate the industry. These companies have a stronghold in the supply chain. With no exclusivity offered, retailers are competing against each other for small profit margins. For the smaller of these retailers, it can be simply too hard to compete – until now.

No matter where in Australia you are located, PV Passage has proven solutions. From solar in Tasmania to Townsville to Byron Bay and beyond, a tailored solution to suit your business’s goals is waiting for you.

With vast experience navigating a competitive and cut-throat industry, the PV Passage team has identified the gaps that restrain quality operators from expanding beyond their limits. Knowing your product and delivering a flawless service is not always enough. Raising your profile to a necessary point of scale takes time and knowledge. This is where the challenges arise. This is where PV Passage fills the gap for small but ambitious solar providers.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

The only solar distributor in Australia to offer real-world competitive advantages for the growing solar retailer. Advantages such as product exclusivity, geo exclusivity, tailored sales training, and a reliable supply chain. Retailers have the chance to skip the competition and focus on what they’re good at: providing a high-quality service.

PV Passage is looking for candidates that best match their growth model, and partnerships are limited, so enquire now if your business is ready to take passage.

Contact at www.pvpassage.com.au.


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Source: https://cleantechnica.com/2021/07/28/solar-retailers-stop-searching-for-solar-marketing-ideas-your-passage-to-growth-has-finally-arrived/

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Microgrids in Australia — the Next Big Step

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Australia is one of the leaders in the world in the adaptation of electrical power grids to the new technologies of renewable energy. Famous for the Hornsdale Power Reserve (Tesla’s Big Battery in South Australia), the country is now trialing microgrids with smaller batteries in cities (Sydney and Melbourne), isolated country towns, and mining complexes. 

In Melbourne, the city council is seeking to establish a network of 5 MW batteries (the Power Melbourne Project). These batteries will enable a more efficient use of the network, putting power back in when it is needed the most. Early days yet — more details to be revealed. 

Meanwhile, Melbourne has already launched its first 150kW community battery and two more are to be commissioned. The benefit of these batteries is a more efficient use of solar power generated by users within their radius. These users will be able to store excess power generated during daylight hours, then draw it down after dark, rather than taking it from the grid. It is expected that this will reduce costs for participants and help stabilize the grid. Ausgrid is not currently charging for this service. 

“Put simply, a community battery allows multiple households within a certain radius to ‘share’ a storage system for the excess energy generated by solar panels. This can save households thousands of dollars on the upfront cost of an individual battery, and allow them to effectively use more of the solar energy their home systems generate — bringing down their electricity costs,” Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross said.

Many isolated communities, including those hit by the savage bushfires of 2020, have unreliable and expensive electricity. Now 20 of those communities have received funding under the Commonwealth Government’s Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund. These funds will allow the communities to become “islandable” — able to operate even when disconnected from the main grid. Renewable energy and batteries will replace expensive and polluting diesel generators.

In sparsely populated Western Australia, power companies are encouraging those who live at the periphery of long power distribution lines to go solar with battery backup (and a diesel generator  to be sure). It is becoming cheaper to install renewables than it is the maintain the long power lines. 

Mining operators led by Twiggy Forest (Australia’s “Outback Steve Jobs”) are moving rapidly to solar arrays with battery backup — much cheaper than trucking in diesel tankers thousands of kilometers into the never, never.

“Every Australian — no matter where they live — should be confident that they will have the power they need, when they need it, and at an affordable price,” said Angus Taylor, Federal Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister.

Hear, Hear!


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Microgrids in Australia — the Next Big Step

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Australia is one of the leaders in the world in the adaptation of electrical power grids to the new technologies of renewable energy. Famous for the Hornsdale Power Reserve (Tesla’s Big Battery in South Australia), the country is now trialing microgrids with smaller batteries in cities (Sydney and Melbourne), isolated country towns, and mining complexes. 

In Melbourne, the city council is seeking to establish a network of 5 MW batteries (the Power Melbourne Project). These batteries will enable a more efficient use of the network, putting power back in when it is needed the most. Early days yet — more details to be revealed. 

Meanwhile, Melbourne has already launched its first 150kW community battery and two more are to be commissioned. The benefit of these batteries is a more efficient use of solar power generated by users within their radius. These users will be able to store excess power generated during daylight hours, then draw it down after dark, rather than taking it from the grid. It is expected that this will reduce costs for participants and help stabilize the grid. Ausgrid is not currently charging for this service. 

“Put simply, a community battery allows multiple households within a certain radius to ‘share’ a storage system for the excess energy generated by solar panels. This can save households thousands of dollars on the upfront cost of an individual battery, and allow them to effectively use more of the solar energy their home systems generate — bringing down their electricity costs,” Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross said.

Many isolated communities, including those hit by the savage bushfires of 2020, have unreliable and expensive electricity. Now 20 of those communities have received funding under the Commonwealth Government’s Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund. These funds will allow the communities to become “islandable” — able to operate even when disconnected from the main grid. Renewable energy and batteries will replace expensive and polluting diesel generators.

In sparsely populated Western Australia, power companies are encouraging those who live at the periphery of long power distribution lines to go solar with battery backup (and a diesel generator  to be sure). It is becoming cheaper to install renewables than it is the maintain the long power lines. 

Mining operators led by Twiggy Forest (Australia’s “Outback Steve Jobs”) are moving rapidly to solar arrays with battery backup — much cheaper than trucking in diesel tankers thousands of kilometers into the never, never.

“Every Australian — no matter where they live — should be confident that they will have the power they need, when they need it, and at an affordable price,” said Angus Taylor, Federal Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister.

Hear, Hear!


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Source: https://cleantechnica.com/2021/07/28/microgrids-in-australia-the-next-big-step/

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