About James Ayre

James Ayre 's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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Has BMW Killed The i5 EV Project? Rumors Abound

May 26th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Rumors are now going around that BMW has killed off the i5 electric vehicle project. These rumors seem to have originated with "unnamed sources" at BMW, according to BMWBlog, so who knows if they are actually true or not at this point

Large-Scale Buildout Of Hydrogen Vehicle Refueling Stations Backed By 11 Major Japanese Companies

May 26th, 2017 | by James Ayre

While I remain extremely skeptical of the idea of personal hydrogen fuel cell cars, it seems that authorities and companies in Japan are not. A large cross-section of the biggest companies in Japan, including several major auto manufacturers, is apparently now working to do a large-scale buildout of hydrogen fuel cell refueling stations, according to recent reports

Volkswagen CEO: Some Managers Are Resisting Changes To Corporate Culture

May 24th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Following the apparent culmination of the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal, the German giant has been on something of a PR blitz, seemingly trying to convince onlookers that the company has refocused and will now be embracing electric vehicles, self-driving tech, etc. Apparently, though, there is still a lot of internal resistance to this change of course, going by recent comments made by the Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller

Climate Change To Reduce Global Yields Of Staple Crops 23% By 2050s

May 22nd, 2017 | by James Ayre

Global production of the 4 most important staple crops in the world — maize/corn, wheat, rice, and soybeans — will be reduced by around 23% by the 2050s as a result of worsening anthropogenic climate change, according to new research published in the journal Economics of Disasters and Climate Change

Likelihood Of Citywide Bans Slowly Pushing Diesel Cars Out Of Europe

May 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre

The threat of citywide bans in various large cities in Europe seems to be slowly killing the diesel car market, going by recent sales figures in key markets there. In particular, diesel car sales in France and Spain have been falling particularly rapidly. And sales in other large markets such as the UK and Germany have seemingly been reacting to the threat of eventual outright bans as well, though a bit more slowly

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