The New York Times informs us that biomethane from landfills and other waste sources will be powering cars in the US state of California. Clean Energy Fuels is selling the fuel at its 40 plus refueling stations in the state. The company expects to sell 15 million gallons of the renewable fuel in California this year. See also benzinga, Clean Energy Becomes First Ever Commercial Distributor of Transportation Fuel Made from Waste.

The Canadian city of Surrey, British Columbia is requiring all new gasoline stations to offer alternative fuels. NACS says all new or renovated stations must have charging stations for electric vehicles or other alternative fuel infrastructure in place to be in business. “Alternatives” include a  DC fast-charging station for electric cars, a fast-fill CNG refueling station, a hydrogen fueling station or a LPG refueling station.

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said: “We want to encourage people to choose alternative fuel vehicles, but in order to do that, we need to make the refueling and recharging stations more accessible.”

From this is Kent we learn six new buses, which run on 100% biofuel, have started operating in the UK city of Canterbury. The renewable biofuel is made by blending and refining used cooking oil and waste fat sourced from the UK food industry.

France is taxing high emission vehicles according to The Green Optimistic. In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions, in 2008 the country introduced the tax.  Last week the tax rate for a new high-emissions vehicle increased from €6,000 to €8,000 [approximately $81,100 to $10,800] or a 25% increase. The purpose of the tax is to encourage car buyers to purchase cleaner alternatives such as hybrids, electric vehicles and low-emission conventional diesel vehicles.

Energy Matters tells us about the world’s first 100% solar powered bus. The electric bus is located in the Australian city of Adelaide and can carry 40 passengers. Its eleven batteries give the electric bus a range of 200 kilometres between recharges under typical urban traffic conditions. The bus is recharged by a solar panel system installed atop the Adelaide Central Bus Station. The PV system will generate almost 70,000 kilowatt hours annually. Trips on the bus are free to passengers – travel is provided as part of the free Adelaide Connector Bus service;

CleanTechnica posts an article on South America’s largest EV taxi fleet. The fleet is located in the city of Bogota, Columbia where 45 BYD E6 taxis are in operation.

theENGINEER wonders which technology will prevail between electric, hybrid and alternative vehicles.

Green Car Congress tells us about a new forecast for plug in electric vehicles (PEVs) in North America. Plug-ins or PEVs include all vehicles that have a battery that must be recharged with electricity from the electric grid.  Some use petrol and grid power while others use only grid power. Market research firm, Navigant Research, says overall sales will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.6% between 2013 and 2022. By 2022 PEVs are expected to reach 416,153 annual sales in the United States and 230,479 in Canada. The US states of California, New York, Washington, and Florida will have the highest sales over this period. 5 US cities – Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Sacramento, and Riverside (California) – will account for almost 1/3 of all US PEV sales. In Canada, the provinces of Ontario, Québec, and British Columbia will account for 97% of Canadian PEV sales by 2022. The cities of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver will lead Canadian PEV sales.

WebProNews says nearly 7% of “light duty” vehicles sold worldwide in 2020 will be plug-in or hybrid electrics. The forecast comes from Navigant Research which believes a combination of factors are encouraging consumers to purchase these vehicles such as high petrol prices, government subsidies and tax incentives,  and lower cost electric car batteries.

Inside EVs warns that Germany will not reach its goal of 1 million electric vehicles by 2020. It’s now believed that, by 2020, Germany will have no more than 200,000 plug-in electric vehicles on its roads. So far this year Germans have bought only 3000 EVs as they continue to flock to diesel engines.

auto-types reports that the UK government is abandoning its financial incentives for customers to buy electric cars. The incentive’s value was 5000 Pounds or about 8,000 US dollars. The post speculates as to why the incentive failed to attract buyers for these vehicles and concludes that an important factor is lack of public awareness of the benefits associated with these vehicles.  See also Green Car Reports, U.K. Plug-In Electric Car Incentives: Why Haven’t They Worked?

While the UK is ending its EV subsidies, China and Japan are continuing theirs. InsideEVs notes China has renewed its $9,800 electric vehicle subsidy and mondaq observes that Japan is continuing to offer incentives.

The US state of California has passed new legislation to encourage EV purchases according to SFGate. The new laws give EV drivers access to all charging stations in the state, allow EV drivers to use highway and road lanes reserved for carpools, and provide money for individuals and fleet owners to purchase EVs. In a related post, grist informs us the city of Palo Alto, California will be requiring all new homes to be wired to enable the charging of electric vehicles.






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