2021 A second covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) year. The delayed COP26 (Nov.) and the Tokyo Olympics (July-Aug.) happened. In .au: The Lib/Nat Federal Government put its eggs in the Astra-Zenica vaccine basket then got spooked by very rare side-effects and had to beg and borrow Pfizer doses but, never mind, vaccination wasn't a race, but then it was a race after all. Lockdowns did what they were meant to do until the delta strain got into, and then out of, NSW. Eventually things were looking hopeful – until the omicron strain came along.
28 December 2021: "Why WA's south-west is drying out at one of the worst rates in the world ..." — [abc].
26 December 2021, .au: Start of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race. 'Black Jack' took line honours (29/12).
25 December 2021, Christmas Day.
20 December 2021: "Mack Trucks' first fully electric Class 8 vehicle, is now in serial production ... Equipped with four NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide) lithium-ion batteries ..." — MT [www]. (GVWR 30 tons and range 113km, so probably city rather than highway.)
18 December 2021: Comet Leonard
"... makes its closest approach to Venus ...
western horizon just after sunset ..." —
17 December 2021: "S.65 - 117th Congress (2021-2022) An Act. To ensure that goods made with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China do not enter the United States market, and for other purposes. ..." — congress.gov [www]. Also see the [bbc].
17 December 2021: "... deliveries of its first next-generation electric vehicles, the GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1 Pickup and BrightDrop EV600 light commercial vehicle, both built on the Ultium Platform. ..." — GM [www].
14 December 2021: "... Toyota's strategy for achieving carbon neutrality ... [a new] midsize SUV has a beautiful silhouette that presages a new era for battery EVs. ... we plan to roll out 30 battery EV models by 2030 ..." — Toyota [www].
13 December 2021, .au, covid-19: Queensland opened its border to vaccinated and tested travellers from NSW and Victoria.
9 December 2021:
There was a Bushfire emergency warning for
a fire in the Margaret River region of WA; see
WA fire [www].
3-5 December 2021:
1 December 2021, recall #REC-005001: "KIA YP Carnival 2014-2016. Due to a software issue with the Smart Junction Box (SJB) the turn signal may activate in the opposite direction of what the driver had intended. ..." [smart?!] — .gov.au [www].
1 December 2021, covid-19: Worldwide total confirmed cases 262,797,494, total deaths 5,215,291; usa: 48,554,890 cases, 780,140 deaths; .in: 34,587,822 cases, 468,980 deaths; ... .uk: 10,285,745 cases, 145,414 deaths; ... .au: 211,655 cases, 2,011 deaths; ... .nz: 11,724 cases, 44 deaths — JHU [www][1/12]. Easing of restrictions in many countries was paused or reversed as a new SARS-CoV-2 variant, omicron, came to light.
30 November 2021: "Mazda misled consumers about their rights over refund or replacement for faulty cars ... One vehicle had three engine replacements. ..." — ACCC [www].
30 November 2021, recall #REC-005005: "Subaru MY21 Outback 2020-2021, Due to a software issue in the pre-collision braking system of the EyeSight® System, the pre-collision braking feature may be activated unexpectedly. ..." — .gov.au [www].
29 November 2021: Nissan announced that it will
"accelerate electrification plans with an investment of
2 trillion yen over the next five years [&] launch 23 exciting
new electrified models, including 15 new EVs, aiming for 50%
electrification mix by fiscal year 2030 ..." — Nissan
28 November 2021: "Sir Frank Williams: Formula 1 team founder dies aged 79 ..." — [bbc]. Williams founded his first racing team in 1966. Williams and Patrick Head founded Williams GP Engineering (Williams Racing) in 1977. It had its greatest successes between 1980 and 1997. (The team was sold to Dorilton Capital in 2020].)
26 November 2021 vic: "Greg Lynn to remain in custody until May after being charged with murder of Russell Hill and Carol Clay ..." — [abc]. Mr Hill and Ms Clay disappeared in the Wonnangatta valley in March 2020.
25 November 2021, .au: "December to February rainfall is likely to be above median for parts of eastern Australia ... There is an increased chance of unusually high maximum temperatures (in the top 20% of historical records) for Dec. to Feb. for much of Australia away from the east (1.5 to 3.0 times the usual chance). ... The La Nina in the Pacific Ocean and the positive Southern Annular Mode (SAM) state are likely influencing the above median rainfall outlooks. ..." — [bom].
23 November 2021: Team Vesco and reVolt Systems "BEV streamliner tops 350mph for U.S. speed record ..." — SAE [www]. Two-way average of 353.870mph, 569.498km/h. (The Venturi Buckeye Bullet VBB-3 Streamliner holds the FIA-certified record of 341.264mph (549.211km/h), over 1-mile, Bonneville, 19/9/2016, www.fia.com/sites/default/files/category_a_14.pdf 5/12/2021.)
13-14 November 2021:
11 November 2021: "Subaru Corporation today unveiled the new battery electric vehicle (BEV) SOLTERRA ... front-WD (range ~530km) or 4WD (range ~460km) ... 71.4kWh battery ..." — Subaru [www].
10 November 2021a, .au:
The Todd River (NT) flowed, strongly.
"... potential flooding across parts of Queensland,
New South Wales and Victoria"
"BOM forecasts heavy rain, flooding as more wet weather descends
upon eastern Australia ..." —
8 November 2021, vic, Wonnangata Valley:
"Appeal to identify car following disappearance of
campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay ... believed to be a mid to
late 1990s model Nissan Patrol - and its trailer ..."
6 November 2021 (Sat.): Regents Street Motor Show, London [www].
6 November 2021: RM Sothebys London auction [www] including lot 114 a 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort, chassis #WP0ZZZ95ZHS900057, engine #65H00170 (sold £1,158,125); lot 120 a 1952 Jaguar C-Type, chassis #XKC 014, engine #E 1014; lot 133 a 1929 Bentley 41/2-litre Supercharged Tourer, chassis #SM3903, engine #SM3907; lot 138 a 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari, chassis #ZFF76ZHB000214218 (sold £2,142,500).
5 November 2021: Bonhams Golden Age of Motoring Sale (auction) [www] including lot 209 a 1934 Lagonda M45 41/2-litre 2-seater Tourer, chassis #Z10374 (sold £69,000); lot 215 a 1928 Bentley 3-litre Blue Label Tourer, chassis #526, engine #742 (sold £241,500).
3 November 2021, .au
"Clearview AI breached Australians' privacy ...
by scraping their biometric information from the web and
disclosing it through a facial recognition tool. ..."
— Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
2 November 2021, .au: Melbourne Cup. 'Verry Elleegant' won.
1 November 2021:
"Fortescue Future Industries [FFI] signs agreement with JCB and
Ryze Hydrogen to become United Kingdom's largest supplier of green,
renewable hydrogen ... FFI's green hydrogen production is anticipated
to grow to 15 million tonnes per year by 2030, accelerating to 50 million
tonnes per year in the next decade thereafter. ..." — FFI
Ryze Hydrogen [www].
1 November 2021, covid-19: Worldwide total confirmed cases 246,802,892, total deaths 5,001,764; usa: 45,970,881 cases, 745,836 deaths; .in: 34,285,814 cases, 458,437 deaths; ... .uk: 9,100,442 cases, 141,055 deaths; ... .au: 172,030 cases, 1,743 deaths; ... .nz: 6,595 cases, 28 deaths — JHU [www][1/11].
29 October 2021, .au:
Severe weather in SA, Vic, NSW and Qld; see the
29 October 2021 (Fri. 6pm), covid-19: As Victoria reached 80% of those aged 16+ being fully vaccinated Melbournians were able to leave the city. Many venues require proof of vaccination. See .vic.gov.au [www]. and nsw [www].
26 October 2021: A.L.I. Technology's (.jp) 'XTurismo' hover bike went on sale in Japan, i.e., preorders for delivery in "the first half of 2022" — A.L.I. [www]. The bike has two main lift fans on the centre line and a smaller electric lift fan at each corner. An ICE provides most of the power. Reportedly ~us$680K! #flyingcar #hoverbike
26 October 2021, .uk: "Ofcom asks phone networks to block foreign scam calls ..." — [bbc] #phone #scam #voip.
26 October 2021: See the 'Emissions Gap Report 2021',
"... the world [is] on track for a global temperature rise of 2.7°C
by the end of the century ..." — UN Environment Programme
23 October 2021: The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a 20-lap race for autonomous open-wheel racing cars at the brickyard, Indianapolis. There is a first-prize of us$1,000,000 for the first team to finish in 25-minutes or less (≥120mph) [www]. Not in fact a multi-car race but a two-lap time trial (plus warm-up laps). The Technical University of Munich (TUM) averaged 135.944mph over two laps and carried off the us$1 million prize.
22 October 2021 (Fri.), covid-19: "The lockdown in Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria will lift from 11:59pm on Thursday [21st] when [Vic.] is expected to reach its goal of having 70% of those aged 16+ fully vaccinated ..." — [abc][17/10]. See .vic.gov.au [www]. NSW, where the outbreak of the delta-strain began, is a few weeks ahead in vaccinations (80% of the 16+), e.g., see [abc][17/10] and nsw.gov.au [www].
22 October 2021: "Lyten Launches Lithium-Sulfur [Li-S] Battery Platform. ... optimized specifically for the electric vehicle (EV) market and is designed to deliver three times (3x) the gravimetric energy density of conventional lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. ... [makes use of] Lyten 3D Graphene® ... expects full production and market availability for 2025-2026 MY vehicles. ..." — Lyten [www].
19 October 2021, recall REC-004973: "Nissan R52 Pathfinder Hybrid 2014-2020. Due to improper programming of the Hybrid Powertrain Control Module (HPCM) the engine may stall resulting in a loss of motive power ..." — .gov.au [www].
18 October 2021, .au: "Petrol prices soar to record highs across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane ..." — [abc].
14 October 2021:
"A bevy of battery and fuel-cell electric truck reveals ...
[at the] Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo ..." —
11 October 2021, .au: "... expect an average, or slightly above average, cyclone season with an increased risk of widespread flooding over the east and north, according to the Bureau of Meteorology's Severe Weather Outlook released today. ..." — [bom].
10 October 2021: Bonhams Zoute Sale (auction), Belgium
lot 16 a 1989 Ferrari F40
Berlinetta, chassis #ZFFGJ34B000083620 (sold €1,840,000);
lot 40 a 1994 Bugatti EB110
Super Sport, chassis #ZA9BB02E0PCD39011
6 October 2021: Came across, "... a typical medium sized family [ICE] car will create around 24 tonnes of CO2 during its life cycle, while an electric vehicle (EV) will produce around 18 tonnes over its life. For a battery EV, 46% of its total carbon footprint is generated at the factory, before it has travelled a single mile. ...", in 'Lifecycle emissions from cars' — zemo partnership [www] (was the 'low carbon vehicle partnership', .uk). Also see, 'Life Cycle CO2e Assessment of Low Carbon Cars 2020-2030', zemo [www], and M. Miotti et al, 'Personal Vehicles Evaluated against Climate Change Mitigation Targets', Environ. Sci. Tech., 50(20), pp.10795-10804, 2016 [www].
3 October 2021 (Sun.), .vic: Start of daylight saving, 2am→3am.
2-10 October 2021:
1-3 October 2021 (Fri.–Sun.): Concorso d'Elegance, Villa d'Este, Como, .it (postponed from May 2021 due to covid-19) [www]. (The Bugatti 'Centodieci' appeared in the 'Concept Cars & Prototypes' category.)
1-2 October 2021 (Fri., Sat.):
1 October 2021, covid-19:
Worldwide total confirmed cases 233,677,353, total deaths 4,781,620;
usa: 43,452,254 cases, 697,695 deaths;
.in: 33,739,980 cases, 448,062 deaths; ...
.uk: 7,843,805 cases, 137,043 deaths; ...
.au: 105,123 cases, 1,291 deaths; ...
.nz: 4,274 cases, 27 deaths
29 September 2021, .uk: There was panic buying of fuel as
petrol stations ran out of supplies because of a shortage of truck drivers
for tankers, e.g., see the
27 September 2021: "... Ford and SK Innovation plan to invest $11.4 billion and create nearly 11,000 new jobs - close to 6,000 in Stanton, Tennessee, and 5,000 in Glendale, Kentucky; production of the new electric vehicles and advanced lithium-ion batteries will begin in 2025 ..." — Ford [www].
27 September 2021: Ferrari "announce a long term, multi-year collaboration with Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson at the creative collective LoveFrom. ..." — Ferrari [www]. (There was some speculation about an electric Ferrari.) Ive left Apple in 2019.
26 September 2021, .au: Auction of
thirteen Mad Max (Fury Road) vehicles
(the War Rig, the Gigahorse, the Doof Wagon, ...),
Lloyds Classic Car Auctions
23 September - 3 October 2021:
22 September 2021, .au: There was a magnitude 5.9 earthquake, the epicentre situated between Mansfield and Rawson in NE Victoria. The tremor was felt throughout Victoria and also in NSW, SA, and Tasmania. See, e.g., the [abc].
20 September 2021, Chevrolet Bolt batteries: "... The root cause of the rare circumstances that could cause a battery fire is two manufacturing defects known as a torn anode and a folded separator, both of which need to be present in the same battery cell. ..." — GM [www].
17-20 September 2021, .uk: The covid-19 postponed
20 September 2021:
"Electrification and the other 'E' – E-fuels ...
renewable synthetic fuels ..." — Ryan Gehm, SAE
17 September 2021: RM Sotheby's St Moritz auction [www] including lot 111 a 2015 Porsche 918 hybrid 'Weissach' Spyder, 4.6-litre V8 plus front & rear electric motors, 6.8kWh battery, chassis #WP0ZZZ91ZFS800219 (sold CHF 1,411,250); lot 115 a 2002 McLaren MP4 17D F1 race car, Mercedes 3-litre V10 engine, chassis #MP4-17A-06 (sold CHF 1,973,750). (21/9: CHF 1.0 = au$1.49.)
15 September 2021, vic:
"Western Highway reopens after double-fatality crash, truck
driver arrested ..." —
14 September 2021: "Average retail petrol prices in 2020-21 in Australia's five largest cities were the lowest in 22 years in real inflation adjusted terms ..." — 'Report on the Australian petroleum market – June 2021', accc.gov.au [www].
8 September 2021, .au: "Car running costs 2021 ... [the] most affordable new car to own and run is the ... MG3 Core [which] will cost owners au$626.50 a month ... [the] most expensive car to own and run is Nissan's hulking Patrol Ti upper-large SUV, which costs au$2337.33/month ..." — RACV [www].
8 September 2021, .au: "Subaru Outback and hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai add 5 star safety to their list of credentials. ..." — ancap [www]. Failing a breakthrough in energy density and cost for batteries, hydrogen power (fuel-cell) may be a better long-term bet in transport, not that there are many hydrogen refuelling stations yet.
September 2021: "... nearly 60% of oil and fossil methane gas, and 90% of coal must remain unextracted to keep within a 1.5°C carbon budget ..." — 'Unextractable fossil fuels in a 1.5°C world', D. Welsby et al, Nature, 597, pp.230–234 [www].
7 September 2021: Hyundai "to become the first automaker to apply fuel cell systems to all commercial vehicle models by 2028 [and] to achieve a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) price point comparable to a battery electric vehicle (BEV) by 2030 ..." — Hyundai [www].
7 September 2021: "... The amount of investment in the development of a battery supply system and research and development ..., is expected to be approximately 1.5 trillion yen by 2030. ..." — Toyota [www].
6 September 2021: At the IAA 'Mobility' show, Munich, VW showed the 'ID. LIFE' concept small electric car, 172kW, 57kWh, claimed 400km range, about €20K, 2025.
4-5 September 2021:
Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars & Automobilia auction, Beaulieu, UK
lot 461 a 1934 Bentley
drophead coupe, coachwork by Park Ward,
chassis #B115BL, engine # N4BO (sold £81,000);
lot 494 a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair, rear-engined, air-cooled,
chassis #5690114004, reg #892 UYV
(The 1960-1963 mk 1 Corvair featured negatively
in Ralph Nader's book 'Unsafe at Any Speed' (1965).)
3-4 September 2021:
1 September 2021, covid-19:
Worldwide total confirmed cases 217,665,201, total deaths 4,518,658;
usa: 39,198,030 cases, 640,105 deaths;
.in: 32,768,880 cases, 438,560 deaths; ...
.uk: 6,821,356 cases, 132,859 deaths; ...
.au: 55,093 cases, 1,012 deaths; ...
.nz: 3,570 cases, 26 deaths
31 August 2021: The US completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
31 August 2021, .au: "Truck driver sentenced to 14 years for 2019 fatal highway crash at Pimpinio ... had a 'high level' of methylamphetamine in his system ..." — [abc].
30 August 2021: "... By 2020, Algeria was the last country on earth where drivers could buy leaded petrol. ... In July , the government confirmed that service stations were no longer selling leaded petrol, 99 years and seven months after its invention. ..." — UN Environment Programme [www].
26 August 2021, .au:
"Spring (Sept. to Nov.) rainfall is likely to be
above median for the eastern two-thirds of Australia, extending into
SE WA. However, below median rainfall is likely for parts of
W WA and SW Tasmania.
Maximum temperatures for Sept. to Nov. are likely to be
above median for the northern tropics and far SE Australia.
Below median daytime temperatures are
more likely for other areas of S Australia extending up into
S Queensland ..." —
25 August 2021:
"Electrification is forcing the auto industry to swap its
Mideast oil addiction for a heavy dependence on lithium. ...
Most lithium is sourced from open-pit mines or brine pools in
Australia, Chile and Argentina ..." — SAE
24 August - 5 September 2021: The Paralympic Games, Tokyo.
21-22 August 2021, .fr:
The postponed 24 Hours of Le Mans
Toyota, Alpine and Glickenhaus entered cars in
the 'Hypercar' class which replaced LMP1.
20-29 August 2021:
20-22 August 2021, .au:
19 August 2021, Recall #REC-001667, Toyota Prius 2020-2021: "The pre-collision system (PCS) software programming may cause ap delayed application of the pre-crash brake assist function, resulting in a lower vehicle speed reduction." — .gov.au [www].
18 August 2021: "The world's first fossil-free steel ready for delivery ... In July, SSAB Oxelosund rolled the first steel produced using HYBRIT technology, i.e., reduced by 100% fossil-free hydrogen instead of coal and coke, with good results. The steel is now being delivered to the first customer, the Volvo Group. ..." — Svenskt Stol AB (SSAB) [www].
16 August 2021:
The Taliban took control of Afghanistan as the USA and other
countries rushed to evacuate local staff from Kabul.
Also see 31 August above.
15 August 2021: Pebble Beach, Concours d'Elegance [www].
13 August 2021, .usa: "Since January 2018, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has identified eleven crashes in which Tesla models ofp various configurations have encountered first responder scenes and subsequently struck one or more vehicles involved with those scenes. ... ODI has opened a Preliminary Evaluation of the SAE Level 2 ADAS system (Autopilot) in the [Tesla] Model Year 2014-2021 Models Y, X, S, and 3. The investigation will assess the technologies and methods used to monitor, assist, and enforcep the driver's engagement with the dynamic driving task during Autopilot operation. ..." — NHTSA [www].
13 August 2021: "It's official: July was Earth's hottest month on record ..." — NOAA [www].
13 August 2021: Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction [www], including lot 34 a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180-S-type supercharged sport tourer chassis #35920, engine #68674 (sold us$5,395,000); lot 49 a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sports Cabriolet, coachwork by Figoni at Falaschi, chassis #3179, engine #26179 (sold us$1,875,000); lot 84 a 1965 Aston-Martin DB5, chassis #DB5/2269/L, engine #400/2294 (sold us$874,000).
12-14 August 2021: RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction
lot 113 a 1959 Aston Martin
DB4GT Lightweight, chassis #DB4GT/0168/L, engine #370/0168/GT
lot 120 a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato
chassis #DB4GT/0190/L, engine #370/0190/GT (sold us$9,520,000);
lot 328 a 1970 Porsche
917 K, chassis #917-031/026, engine #917-031 (not sold);
lot 351 a 1991 Jaguar XJR-15,
chassis #028, 6-litre V12 (sold us$1,902,500).
10 August 2021, .au: Census night.
9 August 2021:
Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Also see COP26, 31 Oct.–12 Nov. above.
(Major wildfires (forest fires, bushfires) continued to burn in
Greece, Russia (Siberia), Turkey and the USA (California), and
there were destructive floods in Germany in July.)
5 August 2021, .au: "Spring (Sept. to Nov.) rainfall is likely to be above median for the eastern two-thirds of Australia. Below median rainfall is likely for north-west WA and western Tasmania. Maximum temperatures for Sept. to Nov. are likely to be above median for the northern tropics and Tasmania. For much of the southern mainland, below median daytime temperatures are more likely. ..." — [bom].
1 August 2021, covid-19:
Worldwide total confirmed cases 197,825,365, total deaths 4,216,780;
usa: 34,978,276 cases, 613,157 deaths;
.in: 31,613,993 cases, 423,810 deaths; ...
.uk: 5,883,421 cases, 129,949 deaths; ...
.au: 34,383 cases, 924 deaths; ...
.nz: 2,847 cases, 26 deaths
It was reported that Bhutan is 85% vaccinated, e.g., see the
Only 18.8% of Australians aged 16+ are
fully vaccinated, 40.5% have had one dose
— abc [29/7/'21].
Cases of the highly infectious and dangerous delta strain continued to
run at 200+ new cases per day in NSW;
Tues. 10th: 356.
30 July - 1 August 2021: Silverstone Classic [www].
27 July 2021: SA, Qld and Vic. seemed to be controlling covid-19
outbreaks that leaked from NSW but the situation within NSW continued
to deteriorate with 172 new cases there, e.g., see the
and for Vic. restrictions to ease – .vic.gov.au
23 July - 8 August 2021: The postponed
(from 24 July 2020)
Olympic Games, Tokyo.
Also see the 24 August above.
20 July 2021, .uk: "UK's specialist vehicle sector most varied in the world ... from 250mph hypercars to wheelchair accessible taxis ... turned over some £4 billion last year, employing more than 15,000 people ..." — SMMT [www].
16 July 2021: Catastrophic floods killed 80+ in western Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
15 July 2021 .au: The NSW covid-19 outbreak continued at about 80 to 100 new cases per day. Covid-19 continued to leak from NSW into other states – SA, Qld, Vic. – prompting various state-border restrictions and a 5-day lockdown in Vic. where three cases had been in crowds at the MCG; see .vic.gov.au [www].
14 July 2021:
"EU unveils sweeping climate change plan ..." —
As long predicted, proposals include a "carbon border tariff" (tax)
on imported goods manufactured outside the EU by polluters.
Also see 14 June below.
11 July 2021: "US heatwave: California and Nevada brace for record-breaking temperatures ..." — [bbc].
9 July 2021: "EU fines German car makers BMW, VW, Audi and Porsche $1.3 billion over emission collusion ..." — [abc].
8 July 2021: Stellantis (Fiat, Chrysler, Peugeot, ...) "Plans to invest more than €30 billion through 2025 in electrification and software ... Global EV battery sourcing strategy of over 260GWh by 2030 ... delivery of hydrogen fuel cell medium vans by the end of 2021. ..." — Stellantis [www].
6-8 July 2021: Birdsville Big Red Bash (music)
6 July 2021, .au: "Petrol prices rise on the back of higher international crude oil prices ... the average retail price [March qtr] for petrol across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth was 133.4 cpl, an increase of 12.0 cpl from the December quarter 2020. ..." — ACCC [www].
2 July 2021:
"Volvo Cars ... sales in the first six months of 2021 [were]
380,757 cars globally ... Volvo Cars' Recharge line-up of chargeable models,
... fully electric or plug-in hybrid ... accounted for 24.6% of all
Volvo cars sold globally during the first six months of the year. ..."
— Volvo cars
2 July 2021, covid-19: Worldwide total confirmed cases 182,641,440, total deaths 3,955,679; usa: 33,679,482 cases, 605,019 deaths; .in: 30,458,251 cases, 400,312 deaths; ... .uk: 4,844,944 cases, 128,426 deaths; ... .au: 30,684 cases, 910 deaths; ... .nz: 2,743 cases, 26 deaths — JHU [www][2/7]. .uk: About 49% of the UK population is fully vaccinated. .usa: About 47% of the US population is fully vaccinated. .au: About 7% of the Australian population is fully vaccinated. An outbreak in Sydney (20-30 new cases/day) had spread to NT, Qld, SA, and WA, e.g., see the [abc].
1 July 2021: "Nissan unveils EV36Zero - a £1bn Electric Vehicle Hub ... in Sunderland, UK ..." — Nissan [www].
1 July 2021, .au: "July to September rainfall is likely to be above median for most of Australia, though areas in western WA, coastal south-east Australia, and western Tasmania are tending towards a more neutral rainfall outlook. ... Maximum temperatures for July to September are likely to be above median for the northern tropics and parts of south-west and south-east Australia, while below median daytime temperatures are more likely for a broad area extending from SA across western NSW and into southern Queensland. ..." — [bom].
30 June 2021: "Mercedes-Benz eActros [truck] celebrates its world premiere ... A range of up to 400 km; a battery capacity of up to 420 kWh ..." — Daimler [www].
27 June 2021: 99th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb [www].
25-27 June 2021, .uk:
25-27 June 2021: The twice postponed (from 18-21 Feb. & 16-18 Apr.), and moved, London Classic Car Show, Syon Park [www].
19-26 June 2021:
18 June 2021: "ACCC welcomes new law on motor vehicle service and repair information ... The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme) Bill 2021 ... 'Under the scheme, independent Australian motor vehicle repairers will have fair access to the information needed to service and repair cars, such as software updates to connect a new spare part with a car, or information and codes for computerised systems from the car manufacturer,' ACCC Chair Rod Sims said. ..." — ACCC (release #88/21) [www].
18 June 2021: There were 82.4 million displaced persons in the world at the end of 2020. This is more than double the number in 2010. It includes 26.4 million refugees. See the UNHCR 'Global Trends' report [www].
17 June 2021: Alauda Airspeeder made "the first [remote controlled] flights of a full-scale electric flying racing car, the remotely-piloted Alauda Mk3 ... at undisclosed test locations in the deserts of South Australia ... uncrewed electric flying car Grand Prixs [EXA] will take place in 2021 ..." — Airspeeder [www]. Eventually crewed.
17 June 2021:
"Rolls-Royce launches pathway to power net zero economy ...
By 2023, all in-production
civil aero engines to be proven compatible with 100% sustainable
aviation fuels ..." — Rolls Royce
16 June 2022, .vic: 15,000 to 20,000 homes mostly in and around the Dandenongs remained without power after last Wednesday's storm.
15 June 2021: "Jaguar Land Rover [JLR] is developing a prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) based on the new Land Rover Defender, with testing scheduled to begin this year. ... [the] advanced engineering project, known as Project Zeus ..." — JLR [www].
14 June 2021: "G7 pledge cooperation on 'carbon leakage' as EU border tariff looms ..." — Reuters [www]. Beware, Scott this-is-coal Morrison. Also see 15 July above.
14 June 2021, .vic: Queen's Birthday holiday (Monday).
12-13 June 2021, .fr:
11-14 June 2021 .au: Finke Desert Race [www]. A spectator was killed in a crash and the race halted.
10 June 2021, .au: Snow in the Alps, flooding in S.E. Victoria, esp. Traralgon, many trees down. 241mm of rain fell at Thomson-Yarra divide station, 170mm at Licola — [bom]. Also see, "Where is it snowing? South-east Australia wakes from a wild winter's night ..." — [abc].
8 June 2021: "Independent petrol retail chains Speedway, Metro Petroleum, United, Vibe and FuelXpress had the cheapest petrol in Australia's eight capital cities in 2020, a new ACCC petrol industry report reveals. ..." — ACCC [www].
7 June 2021, .au:
"Cold with potential rain - NSW and ACT weather update ...
It is possible there will be snow falls across a number of
locations in NSW, beyond the Alpine regions, beginning in southern
areas on Tuesday night and extending north. ..." —
8/6: "Snow levels are
likely to drop to 800m and could even fall as low as 500m.
This could include locations such as Oberon, Orange, Barrington Tops,
the Blue Mountains, Guyra, Armidale and Glen Innes."
6 June 2021: "G7 nations agree to set a 15% global tax rate on multinational companies ..." — [abc]. On the likes of amazon, apple, facebook, google and many more that avoid taxes.
4 June 2021, .au: "Poor state of Tanami Road costing trucking companies 'several thousand dollars a week' ..." — [abc].
2 June 2021, recall PRA #2021/18972:
"Subaru Impreza Model Years 2017-2019, Subaru XV Model Years 2018-2019 ...
Due to improper Engine Control Module (ECM)
the ignition coil may overheat, creating a short circuit whichp
may blow the ignition coil fuse. ..." (and stop the car) — .gov.au
1 June 2021, covid-19: Worldwide total confirmed cases 170,721,894, total deaths 3,550,007; usa: 33,264,396 cases, 594,568 deaths; .in: 28,175,044 cases, 331,895 deaths; .uk: 4,503,231 cases, 128,045 deaths; .au: 30,118 cases, 910 deaths; .nz: 2,673 cases, 26 deaths — JHU [www][1/6]. .uk: About 25 million have had two doses of a covid-19 vaccine. .au: The .vic outbreak, that started with a hotel quarantine breach in South Australia, grew to 54 cases. See .vic.gov.au [www]. Only about 2% of the .au population is fully vaccinated against covid-19. "Victoria announces fast-tracking of COVID vaccinations for aged care and disability workers ..." — [abc].
30 May 2021: 105th Indianapolis 500
28 May 2021: Oil company Total will "change the company's name from Total to TotalEnergies ... to contribute to the sustainable development of the planet facing the climate challenge ..." — TotalEnergies [www]. On the 26th the company also announced it had bought a stake in "Hysetco, a French company dedicated to the development of hydrogen mobility in cities."
27 May 2021:p "Climate change activists win against Exxon Mobil and Chevron, Shell loses Dutch court case ..." — [abc].
27 May 2021, .au:
"513 ... the
applicants have established that
the [Environment] Minister
[Susan Ley] has a duty to take reasonable care
to avoid causing personal injury to the Children when deciding,
under s 130 and s 133 of the EPBC Act, to approve or
not approve the Extension Project[*]."
"I have also concluded that
an injunction restraining the Minister
from exercising her power under s 130 and s 133 of the EPBC Act
in a manner that would permit the extraction of coal from the
Extension Project should not be granted. ..." —
file VID 607 of 2020, J. Bromberg, Federal Court of Australia
27 May 2021: "Winter (June to August) rainfall likely to be above average for much of northern, central, and eastern Australia extending into SA. Parts of western WA are likely to have below average winter rainfall. ... Maximum temperatures for winter are likely to be above average for northern, south-western, and south-eastern Australia. ..." — [bom].
24 May 2021, .au: A 274kWh, au$200K community battery, 'YAK1', has been installed in Yackandandah, NE Victoria, as part of a trial by 'Indigo Power' and 'Totally Renewable Yackandandah'. A sign of things to come. See, e.g., [abc].
22-23 May 2021, .au: 44th Historic Winton, Vic., [www].
20 May 2021: Bonhams Amelia Island Auction [www], including lot 160 a 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K Spezial roadster, supercharged 5,400cc I8, chassis #105136, engine #105136 (sold for us$4,900,000).
19 May 2021: "... All Electric Ford F-150 Lightning ... dual in-board motors ... 4x4 ... will roll off the line next year ... 563 horsepower, 775 lb.-ft torque ..." — Ford [www]. From us$53K to us$90K.
18 May 2021: "Pre-tax profits of £534 million in Q4 and £662 million for the full year before exceptional charges ..." but "... In February 2021 the company announced its new global strategy ... As previously communicated, this will entail £1.5 billion of exceptional charges ..." — JLR [www].
18 May 2021: "... the new 'Direzione Cor Tauri', the environmental sustainability route that will lead Lamborghini to the decarbonization of its future models. ... Hybrid transition (by the end of 2024) ... First Full Electric Lamborghini (second half of the decade) ..." — Lamborghini [www].
17 May 2021:
"Last remaining oil refineries urged to stay in Australia
with $2 billion fuel security package ..." —
Just two remain – Ampol in Qld and Viva Energy in Geelong, Vic..
(9 Feb. below,
ExxonMobil announced that it would close its Altona refinery,
and BP closed is Kwinana, WA, refinery in 2020.)
16 May 2021, recall PRA #2021/18925: "Kia QL Sportage MY2016-2021 and CK Stinger MY2017-2019 ... The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), responsible for the Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control System and Traction Control System, can remain live even when the vehicle is switched off. If moisture enters the HECU, an electrical short circuit can occur. ..." — .gov.au [www].
15 May 2021: Cold weather brought snow to the highlands of Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.
14 May 2021:
"Building's hard problem - making concrete green ...
[concrete] accounts for about 8% of the carbon dioxide (CO2)
we emit into the atmosphere. That is substantially more than the aviation
industry, which makes up about 2.5% of emissions. ...
But China made more concrete between 2011 and 2013
than the US did in the whole 20th Century." —
6 May 2021:
"China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Exceeded the Developed World [OECD+EU]
for the first time in 2019 ...
China 27%, USA 11%, ..." — Rhodium Group
It must also be admitted that
the "west" has outsourced quite a lot of manufacturing, and with it pollution,
6 May 2021: "Man arrested after truck hits five pedestrians in Melbourne's Southbank, leaving two critically injured ..." — [abc]. (It was a B-double tanker at City Rd / Power St.)
6 May 2021: In January – March, "... Wholesales more than doubled as delivered to meet demand, DBX represented 55% of units ..." — Aston Martin Lagonda [www]. So, like Lamborghini, Aston Martin is now principally an SUV [DBX] maker.
5 May 2021, .au: "... New vehicle sales were 92,347 in April 2021 compared with ... 38,926 in the corresponding [covid lockdown] month in 2020. ... [SUVs] up by 31,154 vehicle sales (172.9%); [LCVs] up by 12,278 vehicle sales (130.1%). ... Toyota was the market leader (20,208) followed by Mazda (10,052), Mitsubishi (7,513), Ford (7,146) and Hyundai (5,772). Ford Ranger was the top selling individual model (5,021) followed by the Toyota RAV4 (4506), Toyota Hi-Lux (4222), Toyota Landcruiser (3,177) and Mitsubishi Triton (2,458). ..." — FCAI [www].
3 May 2021: "La Nina delivers best wet season in four years for Kimberley cattle stations and native wildlife ..." — [abc].
1 May 2021, .au: Tasmanian state election.
The Libs called an early election to cash-in on the covid-19 effect
but it was not clear that it had paid off.
As of the 3rd,
Lib. 12, ALP 8, Greens 2, undecided 3.
Finally, Lib. 13, ALP 9, Green 2,
1 May 2021, covid-19: Worldwide total confirmed cases 150,972,476, total deaths 3,176,054; usa: 32,345,038 cases, 575,921 deaths; .in: 18,762,976 cases, 208,330 deaths; .uk: 4,432,246 cases, 127,775 deaths; .au: 29,810 cases, 910 deaths; .nz: 2,613 cases, 26 deaths — JHU [www][1/5].
26 April 2021: 35th anniversary of the explosion and meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear power station, Pripyat, Ukraine (then in the USSR). An exclusion zone with a radius of 30km remains in place. See wikip [www].
25 April 2021: Anzac Day.
25 April 2021: The film 'Nomadland' won Oscars for best picture, best director (Chloe Zhao), and best actress (Frances McDormand). One for nomads, grey or otherwise?
23 April 2021, .nsw: "Floodwater reaches Menindee Lakes for the first time in five years ..." — [abc].
23 April 2021: Bonhams 'Les Grandes Marques a Monaco' auction [www], including lot 111 a 1934 Bugatti type 57 Ventoux coupe, chassis #57119, engine #34 (sold €385,250); lot 117 a 1936 Delahaye 135 S Competition Court, chassis #46810, engine #46810 (sold).
23 April 2021: "... Honda is targeting sales of 100% zero emission electrified vehicles in North America by 2040 ..." — Honda [www].
22 April 2021, Earth Day: Opening of entries for ... "$100M Prize for Carbon removal [from the atmosphere] ... four-year global competition ... pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans, and sequester it durably and sustainably. To win the grand prize [$50M], teams must demonstrate a working solution at a scale of at least 1000 tonnes removed per year; model their costs at a scale of 1 million tonnes per year; and show a pathway to achieving a scale of gigatonnes per year in future. ..." — Xprize [www].
22 April 2021: '... believes the market for green hydrogen in the EU will be worth almost 40 billion euros by 2030 ... Denner [CEO] does not believe that the EU's initial plans for the Euro 7 emissions standard make sense; however, he expressed his satisfaction that the debate was now showing signs of movement and becoming more objective. He explained why: "Climate action is not about the end of the internal-combustion engine. It's about the end of fossil fuels. And while electromobility and green charging power make road transport carbon neutral, so do renewable fuels." ...' — Bosch [www].
22 April 2021: Toyota is "developing a hydrogen engine. It has installed the engine on a racing vehicle based on Toyota's Corolla Sport, which it will enter in competition ..." — Toyota [www]. That is a 1,618cc hydrogen internal combustion engine.
21 April 2021:"The FIA has announced the creation of all-new
technical regulations for electric-powered GT cars ...
Depending on the base model, the minimum weight of the cars
will vary from 1490 to 1530kg, with maximum power reaching 430kW ...
will limit the use of expensive materials. ... The [battery] cells
were designed to allow for 700kW peak regen and 700kW fast recharging
that will enable them to replenish to 60% of their capacity within a few
minutes during a mid-race pit stop. ... two or four electric motors, with
both two- and four-wheel-drive configurations allowed. ..." — FIA
20 April 2021: Heavy rain in far north Queensland closed roads. See Qld roads [www]. (21/4: Cairns had more than 500mm of rain over three days.)
19 April 2021: "Two men killed in Tesla car crash 'without driver' in seat ..." — [bbc].
18 April 2021, covid-19: Global deaths reached 3,009,025, global cases 140,448,459. See JHU [www][18/4].
17 April 2021, .uk: The funeral of Prince Philip (10/6/1921-9/4/2021), Duke of Edinburgh, was held at Windsor Castle. His coffin was carried to St George's Chapel by a modified Land-Rover Defender 130 Td5.
16-18 April 2021:
16 April 2021, .au:
"The Federal Court has found that Google LLC and Google Australia Pty Ltd
(together, Google) misled consumers about personal location data collected
through Android mobile devices between January 2017 and
December 2018 ..." — ACCC
15 April 2021: Mercedes announced the all-electric 'EQ'. "... [initially] the EQS 450+ with 245kW (electrical consumption NEDC combined: 19.1-16.0 kWh/100km; ...) and the EQS 580 4MATIC with 385kW (elec. consumption NEDC combined: 20.0-16.9 kWh/100km ..." — Daimler [www]. On sale late 2021? Other variants to follow.
15 April 2021, .au: "Climate outlook for May to August ... Rainfall for May to July is likely to be below average for large areas of N and SE Australia ... May to July maximum temperatures are likely to be warmer than average Australia wide. ..." — [bom].
15 April 2021: "Penalties of $1.223m against Australian 4WD Hire and ex-directors Vitali Roesch and Maryna Kosukhina ..." — ACCC [www].
14 April 2021, .vic: "Victorian police start searching Mount Hotham for two campers missing for more than a year ..." — [abc]. (Also see 8 November, 19 October above, and Wonnangatta Valley, 6 April 2020).
14 April 2021: "Ford will begin offering its new BlueCruise hands-free highway driving system to customers later this year ... BlueCruise will be offered later this year on 2021 F-150 and 2021 Mustang Mach-E models equipped with the available Ford Co-Pilot360(tm) Active 2.0 Prep Package. ... [only] on prequalified sections of divided highways called Hands-Free Blue Zones ..." — Ford [www]. Also see the SAE [www].
April 2021: "... The wealthiest citizens – the 'Polluter elite' – must make the most dramatic changes to their lifestyles to keep the 1.5°C target alive. ..." — "'Changing our ways? Behaviour change and the climate crisis', The report of the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change, pdf@[www].
13 April 2021:
"France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights ..." —
(That is, where a train takes less than 2.5 hours.)
11 April 2021, .wa:
"People on the coast between Coral Bay and Lancelin
should prepare now for a period of destructive winds ...
Tropical Cyclone Seroja is expected to cross the coast as a
Category 2 system late on Sunday or early Monday. ..." —
Seroja (cat.3) crossed the coast near Kalbarri (i.e., unusually far south)
causing much damage.
Also see WA
11 April 2021:
9 April 2021, .au: "Full Court dismisses Volkswagen $125m penalty appeal ..." — ACCC [www]. It's dieselgate.
9 April 2021, .wa: Two tropical cyclones, Odette and Seroja, formed off the NW coast of WA. Odette later weakened to a tropical low. (See 11 Apr. above.)
2-11 April 2021:
1 April 2021, recall PRA #2021/18937: "Subaru Outback MY2021 ... The stereo camera may mis-recognise roadside objects and/or miscalculate the travelling direction of an oncoming vehicle, resulting in the system unexpectedly activating the pre-collision braking feature. ..." — .gov.au [www].
1 April 2021, covid-19:
Worldwide total confirmed cases 128,791,500, total deaths 2,814,899;
usa: 30,459,483 cases, 552,038 deaths;
.in: 12,149,335 cases, 162,468 deaths;
.uk: 4,359,982 cases, 126,955 deaths;
.au: 29,320 cases, 909 deaths;
.nz: 2,501 cases, 26 deaths
30 March 2021, .au: "The Bureau of Meteorology has
announced the end of the 2020-21 La Nina. ..." —
Also see 25 March below.
March 2021, .wa: "In August 2020 the Minister for Environment requested the EPA provide strategic advice under [the] (EP Act) on the potential cumulative impacts of the proposed activities and developments on the environmental, social and cultural values of Exmouth Gulf. ... [the] study is [due] by the end of June 2021 ... received 321 submissions ..." — epa.wa.gov.au [www]. That affects Ningaloo reef too.
27 March 2021, .uk: Silverstone Auctions Race Retro sale online [www], including lot 205 a 1950 HWM Alta Jaguar race car by John Heath and George Abecassis (sold £517,000).
26-28 March 2021, .uk:
25 March 2021, .uk: "... 4.6% of car registrations by private buyers in 2020 were for battery electric vehicles (BEVs), compared to 8.7% for fleets and businesses ... consumers registered 34,324 BEVs in 2020, compared to 73,881 corporate registrations. ..." — SMMT [www].
25 March 2021, .au: "April to June rainfall is likely to be above average for the tropical north of Australia. However, this signal is mostly from April which also indicates a wetter than average month is likely for parts of south-east Australia. May shows a mostly neutral signal, with some areas of the south-west and north likely to be drier than average. ..." — [bom].
22 March 2021, .sa: Rain closed the Birdsville, Oodnadatta and Strezlecki tracks in South Australia.
21 March 2021:
19-21 March 2021, .au: National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Brisbane Showgrounds [www].
19 March 2021, .uk: "Dounreay bid suggested for fusion power plant ..." — [bbc]. (The Dounreay fast-breeder fission reactor is in the process of being decommissioned.)
18 March 2021, .au: The Victorian Government introduced legislation to Parliament to tax electric vehicles at 2.5c/km, 2.0c/km for hybrids. By comparison, fuel "excise" (tax) on ULP is 42.3c/l, say 3c/km±.
17 March 2021: Team New Zealand beat Italian challenger Luna Rossa to retain the America's Cup (7-3).
16 March 2021: "... we demonstrate SAF [sustainable aviation fuels] production from food waste-derived volatile fatty acids (VFA) ... Life cycle analysis determined that if food waste is diverted from landfills to avoid methane emissions, VFA-SAF could enable up to 165% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to fossil jet." — 'Toward net-zero sustainable aviation fuel with wet waste-derived volatile fatty acids', N. A. Huq et al, PNAS, 118(13), e2023008118 [www]. (Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, more so than CO2.)
16 March 2021: Volkswagen (VW) predicted the "Delivery of 1 million electric vehicles planned for the current year ..." — VW [www].
16 March 2021: Sabine Schmitz (1969-2021), the Queen of the Nurburgring, died of cancer.
16 March 2021, covid-19:
Worldwide total confirmed cases 120,180,592, total deaths 2,659,578;
usa: 29,492,614 cases, 535,597 deaths;
.in: 11,385,339 cases, 158,725 deaths;
.uk: 4,276,839 cases, 125,817 deaths;
.au: 29,134 cases, 909 deaths;
.nz: 2,430 cases, 26 deaths
13 March 2021, .au: WA state election. Labor was re-elected in a landslide.
13 March 2021: Murray Walker (1923-2021), long time F1 commentator, died aged 97.
12-14 March 2021: F1 pre-season testing, Bahrain. Red Bull looked fast.
11 March 2021, .jp: The tenth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 13,000 people in Japan and led to multiple explosions and meltdowns at the Fukushima I nuclear power station. The Fukushima clean up operation plods along and will take decades more. Stored radioactive water may have to be released into the sea. See, e.g., the [abc].
10-11 March 2021, .uk: The postponed (from 14 Jan., due to covid-19) and online Autosport International [www].
7-13 March 2021, .au:
5-6 March 2021:
4 March 2021: "... In the December quarter 2020, average petrol prices in regional Australia remained lower than average prices in the five largest cities. ... The Queensland Government announced in December 2020 that its real-time fuel price reporting scheme would be made permanent. ... 'Motorists in New South Wales, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania can also access real-time petrol prices through transparency schemes, and a scheme in South Australia is scheduled to start next month.' ..." — ACCC [www]. For example, see Qld [www], NSW [www], WA [www].
4 March 2021:
3 March 2021: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde a Paris auction [www].
2 March 2021: "Volvo Cars is committed to becoming a leader in the fast-growing premium electric car market and plans to become a fully electric car company by 2030. ..." — Volvo Cars [www].
1 March 2021: Tropical Cyclone Niran (cat.3) approached the Queensland off Cairns. Check the [bom]. (3/3: Niran moved further off-shore.)
21 February 2021:
Vaccination against covid-19 started in Australia
using the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.
19-21 February 2021, .uk:
18-21 February 2021:
18 February 2021: A severe storm brought snow to Texas and power cuts to millions of people.
18 February 2021:
"Ford says by mid-2026, 100% of its passenger vehicle range
in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or
plug-in hybrid; moving to all-electric by 2030 ..." — Ford
(See Volvo 2/3 above, Jaguar 15/2, GM 28/1 below.)
15 February 2021: JLR announced that Jaguar would be "an all-electric luxury brand from 2025 ... [and] Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants as it continues to be the world leader of luxury SUVs. All Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates to be available in pure electric form by end of the decade; first all-electric Land Rover model in 2024. Clean-hydrogen fuel-cell power being developed in preparation for future demand. ..." — JLR [www]. (See Ford 18/2 above, GM 28/1 below.)
14 February 2021: "... Chevrolet expanded its electric vehicle portfolio with the introduction of the new, all-electric 2022 Bolt EUV, alongside the redesigned 2022 Bolt EV. ... Bolt EUV is priced from us$33,995 ... Bolt EV starts at us$31,995 ..." — GM [www].
14 February 2021, .au:
13 February 2021: RM Sotheby's Paris auction
lot 121 the
1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i, chassis #W09112218PWJ02001
lot 126 a
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV,
chassis #4840, engine #30628 (sold €2,423,750);
lot 136 a 1931 Bentley
Supercharged Tourer, chassis #MS3938, engine #MS3940
9 February 2021: Then there were two ... "Australia loses another oil refinery, leaving our fuel supply vulnerable ..." — [abc]. (ExxonMobil's Altona refinery, leaving just Ampol Brisbane and Viva Energy Geelong, for now.) Also see 17 May above.
7 February 2021, .wa:
There was flooding in the Gascoyne region of WA,
closing the NW Coastal highway;
7 February 2021, .uk:
Snow fell in parts of England, Scotland and Wales; see the metoffice
4 February 2021, recall PRA #2021/18794: "Hyundai Tucson MY2015-2021 ... Due to a manufacturing error, an electronic control circuit board in the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) module will short circuit when the components are exposed to moisture. There is a risk of an engine compartment fire, even when the vehicle is turned off ..." — .gov.au [www].
4 February 2021:
2 February 2021, wa:
A large bushfire burned in the Perth Hills; see
1 February 2021, covid-19:
total cases : new cases : total deaths;
Worldwide 102,584,351 : 444,580,046 : 2,222,647;
usa 25,817,939 : 141,327 : 436,051;
.in 10,757,610 : 11,427 : 154,392;
.uk 3,817,180 : 21,088 : 106,158;
.se 566,957 : ? : 11,591;
.kr 78,508 : 305 : 1,425;
.au 28,811 : 5 : 909;
.nz 1,947 : 0 : 25;
30 January 2021, wa: "West Kimberley and coastal Pilbara communities prepare for heavy rain and possible severe winds as developing tropical low moves down the coast. ..." — [bom]. Also check WA roads [www], esp. Broome to Port Hedland, to Onslow, to Exmouth, to Coral Bay, to Carnarvon(4/2) ... .
28 January 2021, recall PRA #2020/18735, Hyundai Kona EV MY2018-2020 and Nexo MY2019-2020: "A software fault in the Integrated Electronic Brake (IEB) may significantly reduce braking performance. ..." — .gov.au [www].
28 January 2021: "... all-electric future and an aspiration to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. ..." — GM [www]. (Note "aspiration" and "new". See Ford 18/2 and Jaguar 15/2 above.)
26 January 2021 (Tue.): Australia Day. (And the Betoota Advocate... [www].)
25 January 2021: "... End of production planned for Evora, Exige and Elise in 2021 ... production of the Lotus Type 131 to commence this year ..." — Lotus [www]. (3.5 L supercharged V6, later named as the 'Emira'.)
25 January 2021: "The Inequality Virus ... The coronavirus pandemic has the potential to lead to an increase in inequality in almost every country at once, the first time this has happened since records began. ... Billionaire fortunes returned to their pre-pandemic highs in just nine months, while recovery for the world's poorest people could take over a decade. ..." — Oxfam [www]. (Also see the [abc].)
25 January 2021:
There was a major bushfire in the Adelaide hills and
high fire danger across parts of Vic. and NSW.
Vic. [www] and
"... the cost of green hydrogen could readily be at or below A$3/kg
in the near future, and that the 'stretch goal' of A$2/kg ...
is likely to come into reach ..." —
T. Longden et al,
'Green hydrogen production costs in Australia:
implications of renewable energy and electrolyser costs',
Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific ZCEAP Working Paper ZCWP03-20,
CCEP Working Paper 20-07 Aug. 2020, ANU
22 January 2021 wa: "Tropical low (08U) is slowly intensifying as it moves in a southerly direction towards the Eighty Mile Beach area, bringing heavy rain across the eastern Pilbara and SW Kimberley. The tropical low may intensify into a tropical cyclone later today as it nears the coast. ..." — [bom]. Also see WA roads [www].
22 January 2021: RM Sotheby's Arizona Auction [www], including lot 139 a 1993 Cizeta V16T, yes a V16, chassis #ZA9V16T00MMD38101 (sold us$665,000); lot 141 a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, chassis #XKD 518, engine #E 2028-9 (sold us$6,000,000); lot 155 a 1938 SS 100 Jaguar 31/2-litre Roadster, chassis #39032, engine #M 499 E (sold us$415,000).
18 January 2021:
"Neste targets hard-to-electrify vehicles for renewable diesel ...
sourced raw materials with approved pathways under California's
Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the EPA. ... waste and residue materials,
such as used cooking oil, beef tallow, fish fat
and distillers corn oil. ..." — SAE
16 January 2021, covid-19: Worldwide total cases 93,819,952, total deaths 2,008,273 — JHU.
15 January 2021: Finish of the Dakar 2021, Saudi Arabia (started 3 Jan.) Winners: bikes: Kevin Benavides (Honda); cars: Stephane Peterhansel & Edouard Boulanger (Mini buggy); trucks: Dmitry Sotnikov, Ruslan Akhmadeev & Ilgiz Akhmetzianov (Kamaz); quad: Manuel Andujar (7240 Team); ... [www].
14-17 January 2021, .uk:
12 January 2021, wa: "Truckie ... jailed ... drug-affected truck driver ... killing another motorist ..." — [abc].
11 January 2021: "Ford Brazil will cease production at Camacari, Taubate and Troller plants during 2021 ..." — Ford [www]. (That is all of Ford's manufacturing in Brazil.)
8 January 2021:
"Annual climate statement 2020 ...
Australia's fourth-warmest year on record, with the
annual national mean temperature 1.15°C above average ..." —
That despite La Nina since
7-10 January 2021 (Thu-Sun):
7 January 2021: 'Connections of climate change and variability to large and extreme forest fires in southeast Australia', N. J. Abram et al, Commun. Earth & Environment, 2 #8, Jan. 2021 [www].
5 January 2021, wa: A bushfire that started at Red Gully 130km north of Perth threatened homes. 7/1: Still burning. Check WA [www].
4 January 2021: Tropical Cyclone Imogen (cat.1) brought flooding to far north Queensland. See the [bom] and Qld roads [www]. (Note, in 2016 UNSW engineers demonstrated that a Toyota Yaris can be moved by just 15cm of water flowing at 1m/sec and will float away in 60cm of water, a Nissan Patrol 4WD can be moved by 45cm of water flowing at 1m/sec and will float away in 95cm of water — UNSW [www].)
3-15 January 2021: Dakar 2021, Saudi Arabia
January 2021, just checking a #prediction: On 16 August 2016, "Ford announce[d] intention to deliver high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021". And 1 July 2016, "BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye team up to bring fully autonomous driving to streets by 2021." (See Ford 14 April above).
1 January 2021, covid-19:
total cases : new cases : total deaths;
Worldwide 81,947,503 : 470,046 : 1,808,014;
usa 19,346,790 : ? : 335,789;
.in 10,286,709 : 20,035 : 148,994;
.uk 2,488,784 : 55,892 : 73,512;
.se 437,379 : ? : 8,727;
.kr 61,769 : 1,029 : 917;
.au 28,408 : 27 : 909;
.nz 1,806 : 0 : 25;
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