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Cana: The Star Trek Replicator for Beverages

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I woke up this morning and wandered into the kitchen. I opened the fridge and poured a delicious glass of tingly seltzer.

Mango flavor.

After a glass or two, I threw out the empty plastic bottle. That bottle may soon make it into the ocean and perhaps even back into my body as microplastics.

But what if I could have my yummy seltzer, along with my morning coffee or even a glass of wine…all from one printer?

This is what Cana, an incredible startup backed by David Friedberg, may soon make a reality. Cana has spent 3 years developing a 3D printer for beverages.

It can make thousands of drinks, from iced coffee to orange juice to beer. Since those drinks are 90% or more water, Cana only has to send you a tiny cartridge with flavor compounds.

The water comes from your tap!

And Cana can add unique flavors to your drink. Maybe almond seltzer is what we’ve been waiting for all along!

If it works, Cana will be incredibly convenient and should be cheaper than regular beverages. But Cana offers a lot more than convenience.

If we quit shipping heavy beverages that are almost entirely water, and quit stocking them on shelves and housing the empties in landfills, the environment will benefit greatly. Imagine all the carbon emissions of trucks and warehouses used to transport and store beverages, gone!

And drinks are just the beginning. Some day, Cana aims to print any consumable item you may need.

The device, about the size of a toaster oven, should be available within the next year, with pricing to be released in February.

I signed up for early access on their website, and I’ll knock over 10 people to be an investor too!

What do you think of Cana’s technology? Let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page.

And check out this great interview with David Friedberg on Cana from the This Week in Startups podcast!

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In Norway, 60% of Cars Sold are Electric

Norway’s electric car market is powering ahead, with most new cars registered in September either fully electric or hybrids.

Electric cars accounted for 61.5% of the 15,552 cars registered that month in the country. When hybrids are included, the total jumps up to 89%.

The new Volkswagen ID.3 was the bestselling car, with 12.8% of sales, followed by the Tesla Model 3 and the Polestar 2.

Globally, too, we could be on track for an electric car breakthrough as battery technology gets less expensive. The cost of a lithium-ion battery pack for an electric car fell 87% from 2010 to 2019, according to research by BloombergNEF.

More here.

In the US, by contrast, only 2% of new car registrations are electric.

So why is Norway leading the world while the US, a major producer of electric vehicles, straggles far behind? Are Norwegians just a lot more environmentally conscious?

Well, not exactly. Norway currently has big tax incentives for buying an electric car as opposed to an internal combustion one. Those incentives are set to be pared back this year, but will still provide a tax advantage for electrics. US tax incentives are less generous, which is one major factor behind slower adoption.

Another factor: gas costs the equivalent of about $8 a gallon in Norway, compared to about $2.75 in my neighborhood in New Jersey.

High gas prices and huge tax incentives mean that Norwegians don’t have to be environmentalists to choose an electric car. They just have to be frugal.

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