Scotland wants to be the first hydrogen economy posts TheGreenCar. (with video) As a first step the city of Aberdeen has ordered 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses. The buses will be operating in the city by early 2014 and will refuel at Scotland’s first large hydrogen refueling station, which will also be able to refuel hydrogen-powered passenger cars, as they become available. Scotland also wants to develop an integrated ‘whole hydrogen’ system to refuel the buses. This system will be able to harness wind energy to produce and store hydrogen fuel, enabling the buses to be truly ‘zero emission’. The system will also be able to generate electricity at times of peak demand.  

REVMODO tells us fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are making rapid progress. A new study funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) demonstrates that the technology is showing rapid progress in both durability and driving range. The DOE wants to reduce the cost of FCEV technology so that it can be adopted on a wider scale, working towards meeting three priority targets: 250-mile driving range, 2,000-hour fuel cell durability, and $3/gallon gasoline equivalent hydrogen production cost. Test results showed that at least one of the four vehicle teams taking part – General Motors, Ford, Daimler, and Hyundai-Kia – was able to exceed driving range and fuel cell durability goals. See also Torque News Hydrogen Fuel Cell Races With Battery Technology.

Speaking of fuel cell electric vehicles, both Hyundai and Toyota are planning on bringing them to market by 2015. paultan says Hyundai is targeting mass production of FCEVs by 2015 while expert REVIEWS notes Toyoto has confirmed its plan to bring these vehicles to market the same year.

The Sacramento Bee notifies us that we now have the world’s first encyclopedia on the present and future of electric vehicles and their components.

greener ideal writes about the biggest myths about electric vehicles. Topics covered include range anxiety, safety, cost of operation, and reliability.

CIOL invites us to imagine a world full of electric vehicles. To do so the author says we will have to rethink our infrastructure to match electric vehicles with renewable energy.

From The Motor Report we find that Ford is investing heavily in hybrid and EV development.  The company is investing over $100 million dollars on the design, engineering and production of components for the company’s growing range of hybrid and electric models. Ford hopes to reduce development periods for hybrid and electric models by up to 25% and reduce the cost of existing hybrid components by 30%. These steps will help to reduce the selling price of these vehicles.

smart planet says global electric vehicle sales may reach 130 million by 2025. The website informs us about a new report by Global Information Inc. which forecasts the outlook for the EV market over the next ten years. It should be noted that the 130 million figure includes light electric vehicles such as motorcycles and three wheelers, which are very popular in Asia. Pure EVs (that is battery electric vehicles) will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15% between 2011-2020 provided government subsidies continue unabated. Consumer education, lack of infrastructure, and high prices are recognized as potential restraints on the growth of this market. You can access the report here.

Meanwhile, SBWire brings to our attention another report forecasting global sales of 3.6 million electric passenger cars in 2017. You can access the study by TechSci Research here. The report concludes that the outlook for electric vehicle market globally and in the United States seems promising due to increase in overall consumer spending, growth in population, increasing demand for environment friendly vehicles and growing government support. Economic and environmental factors are the key factors for considering a switch to EVs from current passenger vehicles that run on conventional fuels such as gasoline, propane and diesel.

Bulgaria expects to have 200,000 EVs by 2025 says novinite. This will account for a total of 3% of all cars in Bulgaria, and only if the government provides tax breaks and other incentives.


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