Renewable Energy Magazine tells us that global e-bike sales will exceed 47 million by 2018. Already reaching 30 million units this year, electric bicycles are the world’s best-selling electric vehicles. Pike Research says this is due primarily to rapidly accelerating urbanization along with the increasing need for low-cost transportation in developing markets. By 2018 China is anticipated to account for 42 million of e-bicycles, giving it 89% of the total world market. The Pike study can be found here.

Green Energy News has a multipart series called Rethinking Electric Cars. The basic thesis? “For now, and the immediate future, electric vehicles are for an extreme niche market, not ready for the masses or mainstream quite yet…The masses aren’t going to flock to electrics until range-per-charge increases and vehicle prices drop considerably.” Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

My Perfect Automobile has a post on the future of hybrids and EVs. Reportstack has just released a 191-page report that details the next ten years of the hybrid and electric vehicle market. The study predicts that by the year 2025 just over a third of all cars manufactured will be either hybrids or pure electrics. Indeed, the authors say that any automaker who ignores this trend does so at great financial peril.

In a different study via Bdaily we learn about drivers’ perceptions of EVs. One interesting finding: “Because drivers were trying to conserve battery power, they didn’t push their car and tended to stay well within the speed limit.”

The high price of electric cars is the biggest urn off for UK consumers says Easier. The post relays a recent survey by TheGreenCar which found that the majority of responders chose the price of EVs as the major barrier to buying one, ahead of range anxiety and lack of charging infrastructure. The price you pay for a new EV or hybrid is pivotal when analyzing the breakeven point. The Nashville Business Journal notes that the current pay back for a Chevy Volt is 26 years versus 9 years for a Nissan Leaf. The Toyota Prius, on the other hand, pays for itself in only 2 years. See the New York Times chart which is the source of this data.

The Daily Advance wants us to know that your electric car may not be as green as you think. Ultimately the “green-ness” of you vehicle will depend on where the electricity comes from that charges your battery. If the source of electricity is clean, like hydroelectric power, nuclear, wind turbines or natural gas, an electric car will produce negligible pollution.  But, if your electricity is generated by coal or crude oil, an electric car will produce more pollution than a gasoline powered car. Other considerations are the environmental impact of the manufacture and disposal of the battery packs as well as the manufacturing process for the EV (ie. its life cycle carbon footprint; some of you may remember the debate over whether the Hummer or the Prius had a smaller carbon footprint).

plugincars says that the EV industry is struggling to reduce its costs.  The big cost components are batteries and charging equipment and this post suggests it will take some time before economies of scale are reached for both to supply the mass market.

Yet the Chairman of FedEx says that EVs cut operating costs by 70% according to Post & Parcel. “We’ve been working with manufacturers to try to get capital costs down so that they’re truly competitive with conventional vehicles,” says Smith. “The operating costs per mile are already about 70% less than ICE (internal combustion engine) powered vehicles. We want to see the day soon when it’s not just FedEx, but your local pizzeria and dry cleaners delivering with electric vans, because they can afford them.”

Here is a book that tells you how to convert your existing vehicle to an electric.

Altrnative vehicles including eletric vehicles are at hit at airports says Airport World. Coaches, trucks, tow tractors,  baggage tractors, conveyor belt loaders for ground handling ramp operations, forklifts at cargo warehouses and baggage buggies appear to be perfect candidates for the newer fuels. Airports in Amsterdam and Zurich are experimenting with electric, biodiesel, propane and natural gas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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