Middle Bit: There’s a chance your new car will be electric by 2030

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A study released Thursday by the Boston Consulting Group said electric vehicles will become more popular and could power nearly half of all new vehicles sold worldwide by 2030, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press.

According to the story, electrified powertrains account for five percent of the global new vehicle market and the study projects that will grow to 48 percent by 2030.

In China, the government has set a goal that one of every five new cars will be powered by a fuel other than gasoline by 2025. The national government offers a rebate worth $17,000 for the purchase of an all-electric vehicle and about $9,300 for a plug-in hybrid.

Americans have not embraced electrified vehicles, although sales of gas-electric hybrids, plug-in electrics and fully battery-powered vehicles 14.6 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.

But electrified vehicles account for only 3.3 percent of the market currently.

Kansas City aims to be the smartest city

Bob Bennett—Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City—told GCN.com Tuesday that they are working to make Kansas City the smartest city in the world.

According to the story, Kansas City already offers free Wi-Fi and smart kiosks that provide information on what’s going on around the city. But the city has been working to make data easier to access across departments and more visible in general.

The city’s first project attempted to predict potholes, which would improve the efficiency of its maintenance crews. And the city’s police department has plans to roll out a crime forecasting tool soon. It’s based on an algorithm developed by area graduate students to help the city anticipate where crimes might occur to deploy its resources.

“The entire purpose of the smart city program is not to, you know, do smart cities for the people who can afford it,” Bennett told GCN.com. “To bridge the digital divide is to figure out ways to do things that make it smart for all Kansas City citizens.”

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Missouri

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Tunneling into Missouri’s chances for Hyperloop – StartlandNews.com

Nebraska

Hatchfund and CHOPSO partner to create, distribute Asian-English video content – SPN