Almost all Costa Rica’s electricity was produced by renewable energy in 2016. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute reported that around 98.1% of the Central American’s country’s electricity came from renewable sources. The electricity was generated by hydropower facilities, geothermal plants, wind turbines, solar panels and biomass plants.

As much as 1.8 gigawatts of new energy storage — mostly from lithium-ion batteries — is expected to come online in the US by 2021, according to GTM Research. This storage could be dispatched quickly to address power outages, shave peak demand charges or simply enhance grid reliability, according to experts. Most importantly, batteries can smooth the ebbs and flows associated with wind and solar power by supplementing the grid when those resources are not available.

Automated mobility systems will increase transportation energy consumption in years ahead, predicts Navigant Research. Automated mobility systems include autonomous vehicles as well as on-demand transportation systems. Transportation energy consumption will is expected to rise in correlation to growth in automated vehicles in the coming years, which will primarily China and India. Navigant sees more vehicles coming to streets around the world as demand increases in the developing world. More fuel will be needed, whether petroleum or clean fuels such as electricity, natural gas, propane autogas, and hydrogen.

As of 2016, China will have had about 645,000 light duty plug-in electric vehicles sales since 2010, Hybrid Cars says. That’s about 30,000 more than Europe and about 70,000 more than the US. China can also add another 200,000 units in commercial plug-in vehicles, including heavy-duty trucks and city buses.  More than 90% of China plug-ins are compacts, sub-compacts or neighborhood-electric vehicles. The Asian country is hoping plug-ins will account for about 40% of its total light-duty vehicle sales, or about 15 million units, by 2030.

Research analyst IHS Markit says electric vehicles could make up 15% to 35% of total new vehicle sales globally in 2040. While electric vehicles constitute a small percentage of the world’s vehicle sales and are just 1% of the on-road fleet today, sales in 2016 are up more than 1,000% since 2010—a trend that IHS Markit expects to continue over the next two decades. in China and Europe—regions where government policies are quite favorable to electric vehicles—IHS Markit estimates EVs could comprise over half of new passenger vehicle sales in 2040.

Research firm Wood Mackenzie believes electric-vehicle adoption in Europe will not take off until at least 2025. The high cost of new cars, coupled with limited battery life and vehicle range, is hampering the take-up of EVs compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, says Wood Mackenzie in a study titled Is the European EV Market on the Verge of a Breakthrough? Today, EVs account for less than one in every 500 cars on European roads. However, they will not be able to compete with ICE vehicles until battery costs drop from their current level of $200 to $400 per kilowatt-hour, down to around $100 per kilowatt-hour. The problem for EV manufacturers is that ICE cars are least expensive and have their best fuel economy in the small and lower-medium automobile segments. Moreover, European EVs are heavily subsidized by governments. If those subsidies were to be removed, battery costs would shoot up, making it more difficult to compete with ICE vehicles.

Auto Express provides you with the questions you should be thinking about should you want to buy a used electric car.  While Clean Technica tells us what it is like to drive an EV in a cold climate.

Ride hailing service Uber has introduced its very first fleet of electrical automobiles, in the Spanish city of Madrid.

Waste Management, a leading waste removal firm in North America, now operates more than 5,000 compressed natural gas vehicles in Canada and the US. The firm is now the largest private vocational heavy duty fleet user of natural gas in the US.  The company claims that every diesel truck replaced with natural gas saves an average of 8,000 gallons annually. About a third of its natural gas fleet uses renewable natural gas which is made from biogas which is generated at landfills or by anaerobic digesters.

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