Energy Transition Power and Renewables

Chinese Electric Vehicles | Up and to the Right

byCarson Kearl

China has proven itself to be a leader in clean energy development across the board, with the nation installing more than 200 GW of solar capacity, surpassing the combined efforts of the rest of the world. As highlighted in Enverus Intelligence Research’s recent Global Energy Transition Outlook report, substantial public funding and supportive policies underpin the rapid expansion in China’s energy and automotive sectors. In 2023, major power enterprises invested ¥967.5 billion (US$133 billion) in power projects, a 30.1% year-over-year increase.

On the consumer side, China has quickly become the largest exporter of light-duty vehicles, mostly electric, with BYD surpassing Tesla in annual sales. This rapid market dominance underscores the country’s swift advancements in its automotive sector. Chinese EV manufacturers are also making significant strides in innovation and global market penetration, further solidifying China’s position as a global leader in EV production and technology. Meanwhile, Fisker’s recent bankruptcy highlights the challenges European and American EV manufacturers face in competing with high quality, lower cost Chinese models.

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Highlights from Energy Transition Research:

  • Data Centers at the Crossroads – Key Themes Reshaping Energy Dynamics – This presentation dives into EIR’s differentiated view of data center demand growth. While the call for reliability, security and emissions reduction grows louder, gas-fired power generation remains a stalwart; the path forward necessitates the integration of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, offering a glimpse into a more sustainable future.
  • Breaking Down Decarbonization – Net-Zero Pathways for Permian Oil and Gas –This report serves as a roadmap for E&Ps on the path to net zero, focusing on the abatement solutions with the largest impact. We analyze the mitigation costs for the largest emissions sources across venting, flaring and combustion and present our findings in a marginal abatement cost curve to help operators prioritize projects.
  • Alberta’s Clean Hydrogen – Competing With Texas’ Finest – This report examines how the economics of blue and green hydrogen projects in Alberta compare to those in Texas, considering the quality of regional resources and available incentives.
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Carson Kearl

As an Analyst on the Energy Transition Research team at Enverus, Carson is the lead on data centers and advanced energy technologies. He was previously an analyst on the macro team and has additional experience advising large industrial consumers on their energy consumption. His education in economics at the University of Alberta focused on industrial organization and power markets.

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