From The Auto Channel we get a report on the future of fuels. The National Association of Convenience Stores in the US prepared this report to advise its clients on the outlook to 2035 for the transportation fuel market as a result of federal government policies designed to encourage increased mileage and renewable energy as well as the impact from the rise of natural gas. Using government projections and other market data the reports concludes that by 2035 liquid fuels will continue to dominate, with a 96% market share while natural gas, electricity and hydrogen combined will only have a 4% share. “Liquid fuels” include gasoline, diesel, ethanol and hybrids. There are several charts here worth a perusal.

auto-types says that Norway is the European capital of the electric car and motoring UK reports that Nissan has sold 1000 Leafs in the country in the past 6 months.

Greenbang tells us which cities in the world have the most electric cars. 16 cities in nine countries account for almost one-third of all EVs on the road, according to the International Energy Agency. The number one urban area is Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan followed by Los Angeles and Shanghai. See the complete list in the post.

The Asian-Pacific electric two-wheel market is going to grow to 65 million by 2018 according to Bike Europe. The Pike Research report of the two-wheel market includes electric scooters, motorcycles, and bicycles. About 92% of these vehicles will be sold in China, where annual sales will reach 60.2 million in 2018.

In order to keep those two wheel EVs on the road, hybrid cars tells us about a new European firm that can swap two wheel batteries in 10 seconds. The Bat’Lib station allows an e-bike and e-scooter user to exchange an empty battery for a full one in less than 10 seconds rather than waiting a few hours for the empty battery to recharge. The system is ideally suited for electric bike and scooter commercial fleet owners, tour companies, and vehicle sharing programs. The system was introduced this week at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles.

CNET wants to know how much more a hybrid car costs to justify the premium of a gasoline model. The post looks at a selection of midsize sedans to analyze the cost differences.

Consumer’s Reports gives us a peek at the first Chinese electric car to sell in North America, the BYD e6.

Are some US electric cars fake?  Green Car Reports thinks so. So does Digital TRENDS here. They argue that auto makers are producing a limited number of EVs solely to meet California’s zero emissions standards and they will not be available in large numbers nationwide.  Indeed, some are only available for lease. There seems to be some credence to this position as we learn from the Detroit Free Press that Toyota only plans to produce 2600 RAV4 EVs, one of the cars on the list. For information on California’s zero emission standards see Consumer Reports California to boost mandate for electric cars.

Power company, ABB, is going to introduce its fast charger into the US market reports RushLane. The Terra 51 direct current DC, available in Europe since 2010, can charge electric vehicles in 15 to 30 minutes. It works with all DC fast chargeable cars in the market.

The Business Reporter notes that several US and German automakers have agreed on a new standard EV and hybrid charging system that can top up a battery-powered car in as little as 15 minutes.The new system is designed to make vehicle recharging as easy and convenient as filling a gas tank. The companies are aiming to have them ready for the market by the end of this decade.  Participants are GM, Ford, Chrysler, Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler.

A new quick charger from Schneider Electric can give EVs up to 80 of their car battery’s full charge in less than a half-hour we learn from ZDNet.

autobloggreen says we may see overcapacity in the lithium ion battery market by 2015. Roland Berger Strategy Consultants predict that by that date there will be “massive overcapacity” of EV batteries.  While about four million hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles will be produced worldwide that year, battery supply will be about twice as high as demand, potentially driving battery costs down to less than 200 euros ($261 U.S) per kilowatt hour. AESC, LG Chem, Panasonic/Sanyo, A123 Systems and SB LiMotive will control about 70% of the global lithium ion market by 2015 and light-duty vehicles will account for more than 85% of global demand. Batteries account for 25% or more of an EV’s total costs and today cost over $600 per kilowatt hour. See also plugincars Lithium-Ion Automotive Battery Overcapacity is Just Around the Bend.






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