environmental LEADER says diesel will reach 12% of global light-duty vehicles sales by 2018. A report by Pike Research predicts rising oil prices and stronger fuel economy regulations will stimulate demand for clean diesel vehicles, pushing worldwide sales from 9.1 million in 2012 to 12.1 million annually by 2018. From 2012 to 2018, North American clean diesel will experience a cumulative growth rate of 22%t, reaching annual sales of just under 1 million. You can access the study here.

Electric Vehicle News tells us there will be one million plug-in EVs sold in the world in 2018. A study by Pike Research indicates the U.S. will take the lead in plug-in electric sales, holding a market-leading position until at least 2020. In the beginning stages, this market will be roughly split between North America, Asia Pacific, and Western Europe. By 2020, Asia Pacific is expected to become the world’s largest plug-in electric vehicle market.

Energy & Capital reports China will not meet its goal of 500,000 plug-in electric vehicle sales a year by 2015. A study by Pike Research forecasts production will grow at approximately 60% from 2012 to 2017, exceeding 152,000 units per year by 2017 but well short of the government’s target. Battery-powered electric vehicles will outsell plug-in electric vehicles by more than five to one during the period. China’s reliance on cash sales as opposed to financing plans will be a major obstacle to quicker growth of this market.

USA Today tells us how EV sales in the US are very slow and are unlikely to meet President Obama’s hopes of one million EVs on the road by 2015.  Sales of both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt have been disappointments.

The examiner wonders is an electric car right for you? while .greentechmedia asks: Can Car Sharing Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption?

In Making Sense of Electric Car Apps KQED.org takes us through the different apps to help us find EV stations when we are on the road.

The Globe and Mail updates us on life with a Nissan Leaf.

The city of Oxford, England has set aside funds to buy electric cars reports the Oxford Mail. The city will spend more than £200,000 buying electric vehicles over the next four years. City council has already bought two electric Citroen cars and expects to replace up to nine cars and vans with electric vehicles during this financial year, with a further five the next.  Meanwhile, the city of Leeds, England will have a 10 mile long electric trolleybus system says TheGreenCar. Similar to a street car or tram, a trolleybus is powered by electric overhead cables but does not require rails, so it is cheaper and faster to construct.

Electric-vehicle battery costs may decline 70% by 2025 according to Reuters. The cost of lithium-ion batteries used in electrified vehicles could fall as rising oil prices and more stringent fuel economy standards push automakers to build more of these cars, according to McKinsey & Co.  In addition to economies of scale and scope, new competitors and new technology borrowed from consumer electronics makers will help drive down EV battery costs. McKinsey predicts the price of a ithium-ion battery pack could fall from between $500 and $650 per kilowatt hour now to about $200 in 2020 and to $160 by 2025. At $250 per kilowatt hour EVs should be able to compete with cars and trucks powered by advanced internal-combustion engines using gasoline costing $3.50 per US gallon. You can access the report here.

TheGreenCar notes that Europe will have over 4 million electric vehicle charging stations by 2020. However, a studyby Pike Research finds that the absence of a single alternating current (AC) charging connector is limiting the deployment of EV infrastructure. Pike says if electric vehicle charging infrastructure is to reach its potential in Europe these alternating standards cannot last. Currently the German car industry is firmly behind the Type 2 plug – however, French and Italian electric equipment manufacturers have supported the Type 3 plug. For example, Renault is currently selling the Renault Fluence EV with a type two plug in Germany and a type three plug in France. The study forecasts Germany will be the largest market and represent 24% of Europe’s charging stations in 2020 followed by France, the UK and the Netherlands. Germany is expected to have more than a half-million plug-in vehicles on its roads by 2017 and more than 1 million by the end of the decade. See also autobloggreen European electric vehicle charging-station revenue will jump tenfold by 2020.

New Delhi, India will have a electric vehicle charging network reports Eco-Business. New Delhi Municipal Council announced it plans to install charging stations at 65 locations in the city. All types of battery-powered cars, three-wheelers and scooters will be able to use the charging stations.

Bulgaria has its first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station we learn from novinite. The free station opened this week in the country’s capital city, Sofia. The station, which can be used for cars, scooters and bikes, can charge one car and one scooter or bicycle at a time. It has a maximum daily capacity of 23 KWh and can charge up to 1440 electric cars and 3800 electric scooters in a year. This is the 15th EV charging station in Sofia which has some 1500 electric vehicles, the majority being scooters and bikes.




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