Green Car Congress notes that hydrogen vehicles could have 30% to 70% market share by 2050. This data comes from the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The wide discrepancy in market share depends on achieving further technical success with the development of hydrogen vehicle technology resulting in lower costs. Hydrogen technology success will require a sharp reduction in the fuel cell cost/kW and on-board storage, as well as an ubiquitous public hydrogen infrastructure.

Hyundai has partnered with Norway’s Hydrogen Operation to promote the development of hydrogen transportation in that country says hydrogenfuelnews. They will conduct a pilot project in Oslo to encourage the city’s private agencies, companies and transportation services to use hydrogen-powered vehicles. They believe that hydrogen fuel cells will find a strong market in these sectors because of their ability to produce large amounts of energy and their efficiency overall. In addition the partners will construct hydrogen fueling stations in Oslo.

US truck manufacturer, Vision Industries, sold 100 units of its hydrogen truck to Total Transportation Services. (See picture above.) Total is a transportation firm that operates at US ports. hydrogenfuelnews reports that an additional 300 units could be purchased by Total later.

Flint, Michigan has its first hyrodgen fuel-cell bus as well as a new hydrogen fueling station says digital journal.

The Malaya Business Insight reports that electric cars have a long way to go in the Philippines. Consumer purchases are stalled by lack of infrastructure, battery and faster-charging, and government incentives for both manufacturers and end users.

China’s electric car market is hindered by batteries and financing woes reports China Economic Net.

Green Energy News continues its series on Rethinking Electric Cars with part 9. You can link to parts 1 to 8 at the bottom of the page.

Car buyers should consider all their options before going electric advises the Detroit News. The post discusses driving habits and costs to enable potential purchasers to determine if an EV is the right vehicle for them.

If you have a 2001-2005 Honda Civic, Forbes tells you about a conversion kit which will turn it into an EV while Torque News tells us that EV conversions are slowly becoming practical. The “slow” is driven by the conversion costs – $24,000 to $80,000 depending on the vehicle.  At this time fleet owners are in a better position to recoup the conversion costs.

Chinese EV manufacturer BYD is supplying the City of Windsor, Ontario, Canada with 10 electric buses. Earth Techling says that Windsor will be the first city in North America to launch a long-range, all-electric bus fleet. Transport Engineer tells us that electric buses are being trialed in Dorset, England.

Apps for EVs made the news this week.  psfk tells us about an app that allows drivers to locate and reserve time at EV charging stations while USA Today mentions an app that enables drivers to charge their EV at the cheapest electricity rates.

Better Place has started to roll out its nation-wide EV battery swapping network in Israel reports the Automotive Business Review. The company can swap EV batteries in 5 minutes at its specialize stations. The batteries have a range of 160 km. The company will have 40 stations around the country by this fall.

Radio Netherlands says that the country has more EV charging stations than it has electric cars. As of the end of April, the Netherlands had 2,850 charging poles to provide electric power to just 1,560 fully electrically-powered vehicles.






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