Formula E driving on Arctic ice, ethanol's emissions problem | Recharge Wrap Up

Poland wants more EVs; S. Korea gets more FCVs from Hyundai.

Watch Lucas di Grassi drive a Formula E racecar on the Arctic ice cap. In order to bring awareness to electric driving and how it can help to lessen the effects of climate change, Formula E helicoptered in a car and drove it on the shrinking ice cap in Greenland. "It was such a beautiful, peaceful place," says di Grassi. "To come here and see how huge the ice cap is and how the effect of global warming is changing it, melting it, gives me a completely different understanding of what we are doing with Formula E and the importance of driving electric cars." Formula E and Southampton University also placed a tracking beacon on an iceberg that broke away from the ice sheet. See the video above, and read more from Formula E.

Ethanol plants could be underreporting their NOx emissions. Chemiluminescence analyzers only measure one type of nitrogen oxide — nitric oxide, or NO — and converters used to change NO2 into measurable NO degrade over time. This means a lot of emissions go unreported if the equipment isn't calibrated daily. With up to 80 percent of the emissions being unmeasurable NO2, MonitorTech President Robert Mullowney says the law requires daily calibrations to ensure accurate reporting. "This is not a difficult or expensive solution that could avoid serious compliance issues down the road," he says. Read more from Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Poland wants to clean up its act with electric mobility. As a big polluter in Europe, the country wants to help change its image by putting a million EVs on its roads over 10 years. To do this, the government will incentivize electric driving with subsidies and tax breaks. Electric carsharing services launching in Warsaw and Krakow, to be followed by other cities, are expected to help jumpstart this program. Polish cities are also starting to shift to electric buses for public transport. Also, LG Chem's plans to build a battery factory in Poland could help the country's EV prospects. Read more at Hybrid Cars, or from Motion Digest.

The city of Ulsan, South Korea will use 10 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cells as cabs. Hyundai will also deliver more of the same hydrogen-powered model to a carsharing program in the city of Gwangju. The deliveries are part of a larger effort by the South Korean government to foster the hydrogen economy and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. The country would like to see fuel cell vehicles adopted in other parts of the world, too, and is exporting cars and building hydrogen fueling infrastructure to help get things rolling. Read more from Yonhap News.

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