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U.S. needs staggering amount of electric cars to hit 2050 climate goal

Published: 5/Oct/2020 12:23

by Kieran Bicknell

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With the increasing likelihood of electricity becoming the de-facto fuel of choice for cars in the future, a recent study has discovered that the U.S will need an incredible level of electrification to meet the Paris Climate Accord requirements.

With increasing levels of global warming in the last 20 years, countries around the world have all been agreeing to do their part to combat climate change.

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According to a recent study by engineers at The University of Toronto, however, the U.S has a long way to go. In order to meet the Paris Climate Accord goals of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celcius, drastic changes need to be implemented.

The study states that a staggering 90 percent of ‘light duty’ cars and vehicles on the road would have to be electric by 2050. To facilitate this, all new cars sold by 2035 would have to be fully electric, in line with the recent announcement by the state of California.

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Electric cars look set to dominate personal transportation in the coming decades.

Electric vehicles are not sufficient on their own

According to Scientific American, if every state was to adopt the same policy as California, a total of 350 million electric vehicles would be on the road by 2050. Doing so would dramatically slash the carbon output of the United States.

Unfortunately, it’s not exactly a straightforward process. If EVs were to be the only type of new car available, their total power usage would exceed 40% of the current national grid capacity. To support the influx of EVs would require significant investment in the electricity grid and supply chain.

Alexandre Milovanoff, lead author of the study, said: “We need to deploy electric vehicles, but we also need to be realistic that they’re probably not sufficient on their own.”

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Increased usage of public transport networks would help reduce the need to rely on electric cars.

The U.S needs to improve public transport links

The other way of reducing emissions is to reduce the public’s reliance on personal transport. This too would require significant investment, but focused on public transportation networks rather than solely on the electricity infrastructure.

Should the current level of personal transportation be frozen, it would require only 50% of cars to be electric by 2050 to achieve the same level of emissions reduction. This is not an easy process, however, as the U.S has a number of isolated settlements.

The United States is officially intending on withdrawing from the Paris Accord in November 2020. This means there is no guarantee that any changes will be implemented.

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Regardless, there is no denying that big changes need to be put in place to combat climate change, though it is unclear what form these will take.

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Most ridiculously expensive cars owned by rappers revealed

Published: 13/Oct/2020 13:29

by Kieran Bicknell

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Musicians have one of the most intensive lifestyles in the world, touring the globe to promote their work to millions of people. Thankfully, hard work brings rewards, which rappers often spend on incredible car collections.

Luxury items such as exotic cars are seen as a status symbol. They’re a fantastic way to not only ‘flex’ wealth, but also make a statement wherever they go.

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Successful rappers such as Drake and Travis Scott love nothing more than showing off their success with ultra-expensive cars, but they’re far from the only ones. Below, we’ve rounded up five of the most expensive cars ever to be owned by rap artists for your enjoyment.

Drake Mansory Phantom
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Drake’s custom Mansory Phantom set him back at least $700,000.

5. Drake’s Mansory Bushukan Phantom – $700,000+

Drake has an insane amount of cars, but one of his most recognizable is his custom Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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Modified by Mansory, the Phantom features a one-off design incorporating a number of OVO elements, including a custom OVO gold owl hood ornament.

Travis Scott Landaulet
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One of the most unusual cars in Travis’ collection is the Maybach G650 Landaulet, with only 99 made worldwide.

4. Travis Scott’s Maybach G650 Landaulet – $1 million

Travis Scott has one of the most incredible car collections of any rapper. Featuring Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Bugattis, one of the rarest (and most expensive) cars is his Maybach G650 Landaulet.

With only 99 built, the G650 Landaulet is based upon the Mercedes G Wagon. Featuring a custom extended body with convertible rear section, the G650 puts out over 600hp from its V12 engine.

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3. Post Malone’s McLaren Senna XP – $1.7 million

Post Malone is known for his keen love of custom and exotic cars. With his fleet ranging from a custom 1992 Ford Explorer (which he named a song after) to Rolls-Royces, the jewel in this rapper’s collection is undoubtedly his McLaren Senna.

His Senna is no ordinary hypercar, however, with Post having one of the ultra-rare prototypes from McLaren themselves. Dubbed the Senna XP, Master of Monaco, this one-off prototype is worth significantly more than a standard McLaren Senna.

Kanye West McLaren SLR Stirling Moss
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Kanye’s McLaren SLR Stirling Moss is one of only 75 in the world.

2. Kanye West’s McLaren SLR ‘Stirling Moss’ – $2 million

Kanye’s collection is an eclectic one, but the standout car has to be his McLaren SLR Stirling Moss. Based on the already legendary McLaren SLR, the ‘Stirling Moss’ edition pays tribute to the legendary racing driver of the same name.

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Featuring an open two-seat cockpit, 641bhp, and a top speed of 220 mph, the SLR Stirling Moss is a serious performance car. It’s collectible, too, and could turn out to be a very good investment for Kanye in the long run.

JayZ Maybach Exelero
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The Maybach Exelero is one of the most exclusive cars ever built.

1. Jay Z’s Maybach Exelero – $8 million

Jay-Z has a car collection that is worth more than most celebrities’ entire net worth. The crown of his collection is undoubtedly the ultra-rare, ultra-expensive Maybach Exelero.

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One of only 12 known to exist, the Exelero is a 2.6 ton, ultra-luxurious performance coupe. Not only does it look incredible, but it also holds the world speed record for a luxury vehicle on street-legal tires.

Powered by a 700hp V12 engine, the Exerlero is capable of reaching a top speed well in excess of 200 mph.