Archive for June, 2016


29
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Car Sharing and your iPhone is this the future


Category: Energy Efficiency, Uncategorized
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The Merging Worlds of
Technology and Cars
By Alex Webb and Chloe Whiteaker
June 28, 2016
The line between the technology and automotive industries is blurring. The rise of rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft means that transportation is being tied ever more closely to your cell phone, while autonomous driving technology is turning your car into a computer. But these developments are expensive: Carmakers’ R&D budgets jumped 61 percent, to $137 billion from 2010 to 2014.

Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne thinks it makes no sense for carmakers to spend billions of dollars developing competing, yet largely identical systems. To share some of the risk—and the cost—the incumbent automotive giants and their would-be disruptors are teaming up in an ever-growing, ever more complex series of alliances.

So Fiat Chrysler, for instance, has paired up with Google to develop 100 self-driving minivans, and is in discussions with Uber about a similar venture. Google has, in turn, invested in Uber, as have Toyota, Microsoft and Tata, owner of Jaguar Land Rover. Bill Ford, chairman of the eponymous carmaker, has meanwhile invested in Lyft, as has General Motors, and Lyft has partnered with China’s Didi, itself the subject of a $1 billion investment from Apple.

Investment
Partnership
Failed talks
Personnel move
Google
GM invested
$500 million in
Lyft and bought
Cruise Automation
for $1 billion.
Fiat
Chrysler
Sidecar
Uber hired Google’s VP of engineering.
GM
Cruise
Automation
Toyota
Uber
Lyft
Ford
Tata
Owner of
Jaguar
Land Rover
Uber hired Ford’s head of electronic systems
engineering to become VP of global vehicle programs.
Didi
Microsoft
Apple invested
$1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing company, Didi, which partners with Lyft.
Apple
Scoop
DriveNow is a joint venture between BMW and Sixt Rent a Car.
Car2Go
Daimler founded Car2Go and acquired MyTaxi and RideScout.
RideScout
DriveNow
Daimler
BMW
Nokia
HERE
MyTaxi
Blacklane
Baidu
VW, BMW and Daimler partnered to buy Nokia’s HERE maps.
Daimler invested in Blacklane, an app for booking chauffeurs.
VW hired the head of Apple’s car project, who previously worked at Daimler.
VW
VW invested
$300 million in
taxi-hailing
company, Gett.
VW owns a stake in the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).
Gett
DFKI
The prize is lucrative, and the carmakers want to ensure that software players don’t win the lion’s share of it. McKinsey estimates that rideshare and onboard-data services could generate an additional $1.5 trillion of annual automotive revenue by 2030, adding to the $5.2 trillion from traditional car sales and services. And it’s attractive for consumers too: It costs an average of $8,558 per year to own a car in the U.S., but each vehicle is used just 4 percent of the time. Ridesharing in an autonomous vehicle could ensure that cars are always in use.

SOURCE: Data compiled by Bloomberg
ADDITIONAL WORK: John Lippert, Keith Naughton and Cedric Sam



21
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Have Carnival Fun and also help to save carbon emissions


Category: Community Energy, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized
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PRESS RELEASE

Count On Me – Community Campaign at Winton Carnival

Everyone is welcome to help us collectively save 50,000 kgs of our personal carbon emissions by the weekend of 25th June 2016 for the Winton Carnival Parade and ongoing. This is like filling the Bournemouth Balloon five times over!

It would be great if Bournemouth could lead the behavioural shift needed in dealing with our changing climate. Cleaner vehicles and renewable energy, in addition to our conscious personal choices will help preserve our beautiful town, country and world!

Count On Me is a local community campaign and more details can be found on our website www.countonme.today (with Twitter and Facebook links). We are inviting the people of Bournemouth to choose one or more sustainable activities like riding a bike, taking public transport, or growing your own fruit and vegetables.  Any activity where you reduce your carbon emissions is helpful.  Please tell us about it #CountOnMe to be counted!

We will be having some fun and parading in Winton Carnival with our live human counter, and you can come and chat to us after the parade on the Winton Recreation ground and find out about the simple ways we can all make a difference.

More info at www.countonme.today Email countonmebmth@gmail.com

Or please contact Angela Fendley 07719 093530



20
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Latest news on community renewable energy share offer


Category: Community Energy, Uncategorized
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Our latest community share and bond offers are now open for investment. We are offering you the chance to invest in shares in BWCE and/or a two year fixed interest bond.

You can download the Bond Offer Document here and the Share Offer Document here. You will be downloading large files so they may take a little time.

We will be holding a series of launch events for this offer – follow the link for more details.

The next events:

There are very limited places available for a chance to meet Directors of the project informally in Bath: Informal meeting (14 June) and Informal meeting (20 June). Both dates start at 7:30.

BOND – The bond is for 2 years with a fixed interest rate of 5.5% a year for members of BWCE and South Somerset Community Energy Society (5% for non-members).

SHARES – We are also offering you the chance to become a member of BWCE by buying shares. The target rate of return on investment in BWCE is 7%. We have paid our our members a 7% a year for the last 4 years.

The money raised will go towards allowing us to take into community ownership a solar array sited a few miles from Crewkerne in Somerset. The array will be capable of generating 5MW of clean energy. The total projected cost of purchasing the Crewkerne solar array will be £5.96 million. The bond and share offer combined will be for £2.63 million with the balance coming from a loan from a commercial lender for £3.33 million.

Advantages to early investors

As the project is fully underwritten we will issue shares and bonds to investors whose applications we have received by 7 June 2016. You start earning interest from the date shares or bonds are issued, within a week of this date. This will give early investors the chance to start earning interest earlier. For information on early investment please see full details in the Offer Document. The full offer will finally close on 12 July 2016 and interest will accrue for all those investing between 7 June and 12 July within a week of the final close date.

And here are 9 good reasons to invest in next offer

How your interest is calculated for the Bond offer

Interest is calculated from the date your bond is issued. There will be 2 issue dates, one for applications received before 7 June, the other at the end of the offer on 12 July. The bond is a 2 year investment with the 5.0/5.5 % interest a year with interest paid annually for 2 years and the capital, or amount invested, repaid at the end of the second year. If you decide to redeem your bond after 2 years you will be repaid your capital and interest earned during the period. You may also have the option to renew your bond for a further period.

How to apply

Before you apply it is important you have read and understood the Offer Document which can be downloaded from this page above. Then, should you decide to continue, go to the Ethex website and apply electronically or complete a paper application which can be found at the end of the Offer Document.

Risk Warning

Investment decisions must only be made on the basis of the offer document and not on information provided in this summary. Your original investment capital may be at risk and any return on your investment depends on the success of BWCE’s business as a whole. You should read the offer document in full, including the risk factors set out in the offer document, and the terms and conditions regarding this offer at Ethex before investing. You should consider taking appropriate financial and other advice before making any investment decision.

South Somerset Community Energy Society

BWCE is working with South Somerset Community Energy Society to help promote the share and bond offers and develop the opportunity for them to buy into the project after year 2. Shareholder members of South Somerset Community Energy Society will also receive the 0.5% bonus.

See the offer documents for more details.

 

http://www.bwce.coop

Click here to see BWCE’s Annual Reports and past Business Plans.



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