Forbes asks the question which are better?: electric or natural gas cars. The article looks at the positives and negatives for both from the point of view of efficiency, access to recharging and filling stations, vehicle cost, fuel cost, range, and refueling time.

knoxvillebiz suggests that compressed natural gas is becoming a big hit with truck fleets in the US. While it can cost $5000 to $10,000 to convert a truck to run on CNG, fuel and maintenance cost savings can be $3000 per year.

Chrysler will be selling natural gas trucks to fleets says the San Francisco Chronicle. The company will sell natural gas- powered pickup trucks in the U.S.later this year.

Pakistan leads the world in natural gas vehicles. Business Recorder tells us that more than 60% of vehicles in Pakistan are compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG); this is equal to 22% of the worlds natural gas vehicles. In Pakistan CNG is about 1/2 the price of gasoline from crude oil.

The Local Germany tells us that German car makers are making a push to sell diesel vehicles in the US. Whereas 1/2 the cars in Europe use diesel, only 2% run on this fuel in America. However, because of the increasing price of gasoline in the US and the vastly improved efficiency of diesel engines with lower C02 emissions than gasoline engines, the German auto companies think that the time is right to attack the lucrative US market.  Meanwhile, Torque News says that diesel car sales in the US were up 27% in 2011.

Last week Wheels told us what cars will look like in 2037.  This week it gives us a preview of what cars will look like in 2017. Hint: they will be more energy efficient and they will be more Internet connected.

95% of all trips can be made in an electric car posts GreenCarReports. A study from Columbia University in New York found that 95% of some 750,000 recorded single-trip journeys by car in the US were under 30 miles. Around 98% of all single-trip journeys were under 50 miles in length, with trips over 70 miles in length accounting for just one percent of all single-trip journeys. The average single-trip distance was only 6 miles.

Torque News says that Hyundai is the first to offer a lifetime battery for an EV.  The 2012 Hyundai Sonata comes with a lifetime battery guarantee which could have a big impact on other electric car makers.  And reports that IBM is developing 500 mile range lithium-air car battery.

Only 100o electric cars were sold in the UK last year we learn from Energy Efficiency News. REVE says that 5579 electric cars were sold in China.

Global engineering giant ABB has won a contract to build a network of 200 electric vehicle fast-charging stations throughout Estonia.  Electric Vehicle News says that this will be the largest fast charging network in Europe. It is also the world’s first fast-charging infrastructure with full nationwide coverage. The network is expected to be operational by the end of this year. The infrastructure will be open to any kind of electric car with a fast charger every 50 kilometres, creating the highest concentration of chargers in Europe.

The American state of North Carolina is rolling out EV charging stations at rest stops on highways says newsobserver. They are free, but a full charge would take anywhere from four to six hours.

A restaurant chain in Newmarket, UK has the first EV charger in the area says the Newmarket Journal. The Little Chef restaurant chain will allow fast charging for motorists to top up their cars of up to 7 kW. They are free all of this year.

The city of London, England is testing wireless charging for electric cars reports greenfutures. You can read more about wireless EV charging here at Computerworld and here at Automotive Business Review.

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. has started to provide a fixed-fee electric vehicle charging service at its affiliated gas stations in the Tokyo metropolitan area reports The Mainichi Daily News. The company has two options at its 18 affiliated gas stations. Quick charging takes about 30 minutes to fully charge a battery at a monthly fee of 3,000 to 3,500 yen. Alternatively drivers can recharge for free at the slower seven to eight hour charge.

The Digital Journal posts that a network of recharging stations is beginning in the Canadian province of Quebec. The Electric Circuit – St-Hubert Restaurants, RONA, METRO, the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) and Hydro-Québec – have announced the locations of its first 90 240-V charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles.  The stations will be opened this spring with another 30 opening in the summer. The fee is $2.50 per use, or $25 for 10 charges, regardless of the duration of the charge. A list of all the locations can be found here. All electric cars or plug-in hybrids can uses the stations.

The city of Winter Park, Florida opened 6 EV recharging stations this week. Electric car owners can charge their cars for free at any of the locations says WESH.













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1 Comment on The Week in EVs and More

  1. Elroy Jetson says:

    Diesel isn’t just getting a push in the US from the German car makers. Cadillac has just introduced their new ATS sedan designed to compete directly with BMW’s 3-Series, and like the 3-Series, it will include a Diesel option for American buyers.