Ford sees hybrids outselling electric cars for the rest of this decade says businessGreen. While Ford expects electrified cars to make up 10% to 25% of sales by 2020, pure-electric cars will comprise just 2% to 5% of the company’s total projected sales. Most electrified sales will be hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

Seeking Alpha explores EV Myths and Realities. Part 1 looks at supply and production constraints on battery availability for EVs and Part 2 at exactly how green EVs really are.

EV prices and costs are examined by Green Options. The post compares the electric versions of the Honda Fit and Ford Focus with their gasoline equivalents over a five year time horizon. The results favour the gasoline versions. “…the Ford Focus EV costs about $5,200 more to own over 5 years and the Honda Fit EV costs around $2,000 more than the Honda Fit gas car.”  Lower fuel costs, maintenance costs and government rebates for the EVs are not enough to offset the initial cost of the car.

Torque News discusses How To Get People Into Electric Cars. The city of London and automaker Nissan have partnered to give Londoners free taxi rides in the company’s Leaf. The Car Connection, on the other hands, suggests people should rent them first to try them out.

Green Car Reports finds that both hybrids and pure electrics are selling well in Hawaii. EVs are are selling so well in the state they almost matched 2011’s figures in the first five months of this year. 1,044 hybrids were sold in the first five months of 2012, compared to 1,342 in total over 2011. There have also been 94 electric cars sold in that period, compared to 307 across 2011. Combined, writes Pacific Business News, that’s nearly 70% of 2011’s total, in the first five months of 2012.

Automotive Business Review says China will sell 1/2 million EVs in 2015. A report by Research and Markets’ “China Electric Vehicle Industry Report, 2012” suggests this number could explode to 5 million by 2020. Last year only 8000 EVs were sold in China. A new government EV plan announced in April is expected to speed up the development pace of manufacturers of EVs and related components. You can access the report here.

GreenBiz posts that large cities around the world are sharing their EV experience online. Combined, these cities account for 30% of the EVs on the road today and include: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, BrabantStad (The Netherlands), Hamburg, Helsinki, Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan), Los Angeles, New York City, North East England, Portland (Oregon), Research Triangle (North Carolina), Rotterdam, Shanghai, and Stockholm.  The cities are part of the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) which provides a forum for global cooperation on the development and deployment of electric vehicles (EVs). The initiative is trying to assist with the global deployment of 20 million EVs, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles, by 2020. EVI recently released the EV City Casebook which provides a snapshot of current deployments, summarizing city case studies in EV infrastructure build-out, policy incentives and consumer education programs. You can download a PDF copy of the Casebook here.

Co.EXIST says you might already own your next electric car. The site introduces us to a do-it-yourself conversion created by Carnegie Mellon University that will turn 2001 to 2005 Honda Civics into zero-emission electric vehicles. The kit is priced at $24,000, and the total bill is likely to come out to about $30,000.

Wired suggests that if anyone is in London they should check out the Science Museum to see the city’s first electric car.  On display is a 1897 Bersey taxi, developed by Walter Bersey, which was London’s first “self-propelled” vehicle.

Electric buses were in the news this week.  CaryCitizen has a video about the all-electric Superbus, designed by Antonia Terzi of Italy. Terzi is best known for her design of Formula One racing cars.  Superbus is a vehicle that can drive as a normal bus. It has the same length and width but is much lower and more aerodynamic. It uses the same amount of energy at 250 kilometers per hour as a normal bus does at 150 km/h. We learn from the Jakarta Globe that an electric bus is now on that city’s streets. The experimental 17 seat minibus is said to be 50 percent % cheaper to run than gasoline-powered public minibuses and 70% cheaper to service. The bus will be deployed as public transportation initially in Jakarta because the electricity supply in the capital was better than elsewhere in Indonesia.

autoevolution reports that the state of New York in the US is getting 325 new EV charging stations. Currently the state has 428 charging stations. Most of them are expected to be concentrated around New York City.

ABB is installing 50 EV chargers around Belgium according to renew GRID. These fast chargers will charge EVs in 30 to 120 minutes.

Greenbuild NEWS says that 1000 free EV charging stations are being made available to the UK leisure and hotel industry to encourage the use of EVs.  Just over 200 stations have already been given away, with a further 800 still available. Charity Zero Carbon World is donating the stations.

The city of West Vancouver on Canada’s west coast will be forcing developers to install EV charging stations in their buildings reports North Shore Outlook. A recent vote by city council will require developers ti install the outlets at all multi-family residential and some larger commercial developments in the future. One councilor, who opposed the motion, said: “I don’t know why you’d ask a developer to provide for a number of EV outlets when everyone who moves into those apartments doesn’t have a car, much less an electric car.”



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