Left Lane says there will be 1.7 billion cars in the world by 2035. And not surprisingly, China will account for most of that growth says the International Energy Agency (IEA). China currently has 60 million vehicles but the IEA predicts that number will jump to 400 million over the next 23 years. India will also experience an explosion of car ownership, with the country’s 14 million vehicles expected to balloon to 160 million cars by 2035. While the internal combustion engine will continue to dominate, electric vehicles should start to expand after 2020.

OILPRICE warns us that oil is too precious to be used to power transportation.

The Hindu Business Line informs us that in 4 years 40% of vehicle costs will be on electronics. Computerization is taking over our cars says McKinsey & Co. as cars increasingly include navigation device for directions, internet connectivity, traffic control system, collision alert and emergency calls, and fuel efficiency. “Electronics will account for 40 per cent of the vehicle costs globally in about four years (from 20 per cent today). As the demand for safety, navigation, entertainment and multimedia features increases, the global vehicle electronics market is set to grow at 22 per cent each year to touch $4.5 billion by 2016.” In a related post at PanARMENIAN we are informed that Nissan has an electric car that drives and parks itself, NETWORK WORLD highlights Toyota smart cars that talk to each other, and Cars of Change tells us stop-start systems improve mileage.

Next-Gen Transportation News notes that the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has an Alternative Fuels Data Center website which provides fleet managers and others with detailed information and strategies related to alt-fuel vehicles, including electric vehicles. The Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool enables fleet managers to evaluate the transportation-related benefits of natural gas, propane autogas, biodiesel, ethanol and electrification. Charts and tables display annual reductions in petroleum use and fuel costs. You can access the website here.

If you haven’t purchased a new car in a few years you will want to read Wheels Looking to buy a new car? A lot has changed. And The Safety Report has How do I Buy an Electric Car?

From Electric Vehicle News we learn that Toyota sold more than one million hybrids this year. Gasoline-electrics accounted for 14% of the companies global sales. Three-quarters of the hybrids sold this year belong to the Prius family.

Clean Technica has an infographic about the world’s most successful electric car cities. The most successful EV region in the world is the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan followed by Los Angeles. Rotterdam is the leader in Europe.

General Motors aims to sell 500,000 EVs by 2017 according to REVE. This figure includes plug-in electrics, pure electrics and hybrids. This year the company expects to sell 50,000 EVs.

Is auto insurance a barrier to purchasing an EV?  Two articles appeared this week to address this issue.  See The Green Optimistic Auto Insurance – Another Barrier to Electric Vehicle Ownership?and Insurance News Reports Auto insurance for electric cars has certain additional implications.

environmental LEADER tells us Chevrolet and Renault have the strongest presence in the global EV market. This is the finding of Pike Research report that evaluates 16 EV manufacturers. You can access the report here. Pike forecasts growth in the global this market will be robust, increasing from 137,950 vehicles in 2012 to 1.75 million in 2020. However, it will fall short of expectation set by original equipment manufacturers and politicians in 2010 and 2011.

In The Truth About Electric Cars Seeking Alpha explains why a 1% EV market penetration by 2020 is a big success. “…to go from practically zero to 1% or 1.5% penetration inside of ten years is actually quite impressive – and should be used …to celebrate the fact that a major game-changing transportation technology is actually unfolding right before our eyes.”

cnet tells us GM is extending EV drivability with new apps. A new feature of the company’s OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile app will let drivers plan trips based on charging-station availability along a route. When a driver enters a destination, the new Waypoint feature will plot a route incorporating necessary charging-station stops. It enhances the EV driving experience by showing drivers what destinations are reasonable.

ECO CHILD’S PLAY gives tips on charging your EV away from home.

The world’s first wireless electric bus is now on the roads in the US state of Utah reports Clean Technica. The bus simply stops over a pad in the ground to recharge its batteries.

autobloggreen announces that in the US Home Depot is now selling 30 different home EV charging systems. Green Car Reports also covered this story in Home Depot Now Sells 30 Electric-Car Charging Stations. Meanwhile, EV manufacturer CODA is giving out a free home charging system when you buy a 2012 EV we hear from Hispanic Business.

benzinga says Japan is investigating wireless charging for EVs. Working with Toyota, Nissan and Honda, the Japanese government hopes to have a market ready wireless EV charger by 2015. Azocleantech discusses wireless charging here.

US national parks are adding EV charging points says greener ideal and Huffington Post. The parks include Yellowstone, Zion and The Great Smokey Mountain.

From The Sacramento Bee we learn that Berlin, Germany will have 800 EV charging points by 2015.



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