Meet the world;s smallest EV, the Volpe, scheduled to go on sale in Europe in 2013.  The car is 2.2 meters in length, 1.5 meters in height and 1 meter in width. A two seater, the passenger sits behind the driver as on a motorcycle.  The electric version will have a maximum speed of 48 km/h and you will be able to drive the car up to 70 km without recharging it. There is also a hybrid version that runs on petrol. Read more at ONcars.in.

9 News says that bi-fuel cars may be the future of the automobile industry in North America while Wheels.ca leads us through the pros and cons of flex fuel vehicles. While running a car on more than one fuel is relatively new to North America, Brazil has 13 million vehicles operating on gasoline and sugar cane (ethanol) reports the Financial Times Magazine.

We can find the arguments for and against buying a diesel car at Fox Business.

Recent research suggests that inedible plants could meet 30% of global transportation fuel demand reports Market Watch. An article in F1000 Biology Reports entitled ” Development of feedstocks for cellulosic biofuels” argues that advances in the technology used to produce and extract plant biomass to be burned directly or converted to liquid fuels can be scaled up enough to fuel hundreds of millions of vehicles. Because non-edible plants can be engineered or bred to grow on the 600 million hectares of land worldwide on which agricultural production has been abandoned, they can produce biofuels without significant effects on food production or the ecosystem. You can read the article here.

The SunHerald tells us about the global market for electric buses and taxis over the rest of this decade. Research & Markets has prepared the world’s first report forecasting the global market for electric buses and taxis – both hybrid and pure electric. This market will increase 8.7 times from 2012 to 2022, approaching $60 billion. China will become the largest market for both electric buses and electric taxis within the decade. The Shenzhen Post reports that this Chinese city has 300 electric taxis, the most of any city in the world.

Digital Trends has the Electric car buying guide: Everything you need to know before you buy.

Electric cars cost less, but watch the assumptions warns Renewable Energy World. A Pike Research report on the Total Cost of Ownership of Alternative Fuel Vehicles for Fleet Operators finds that in some cases EVs are only cheaper to operate because of government incentives (rebates, tax incentives).

smartplanet refers us to a hybrid conversion kit for commercial vehicles that is available in the US.  For $8,000 fully installed you get an electric motor, lithium ion battery pack, and control software. Aftermarket installers make the conversion.

The Auto Channel reports that there are currently about 10,000 alternative fuel stations in the US, compared to approximately 160,000 gasoline stations in that country. A third of these stations are for electric vehicles with a total of 8000 charging posts.  The 10,000 number does not include home electric charging stations.  If you live in North America and are looking for alternative fuel stations check out this site.

Co-exist draws our attention to a parking lot in Boston that charges based on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency rather than the time of day you arrive. The “Green Park & Charge” lot in the city’s downtown area will include 8 electric car charging posts. Hybrids or EVs get a 10% discount on the $10-per-hour rate, while people who drive vehicles that get under 15 miles per gallon will pay 10% more.

TheChargingPoint asks Why get a home charging unit? This post concludes charging at home with a home charging unit is safe, fast, economical and convenient.

 

 

 

 

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