hydrogenfuelnews tells us that the Netherlands is beginning to have a hydrogen fuel infrastructure. Hydrogen fuel producer Air Liquide is working with the Dutch Ministry of Transport and the Environment to construct a hydrogen fuel station in Rotterdam.  The public station, to open at the end of 2013,  will be able to service up to 50 vehicles every day and will offer 350 and 700 bar pressures.

Wheels says it is time to rethink how transportation fuel efficiency is measured.

Green Car Congress suggests a new way to give the electric car market a jump start. A new study by the RAC Foundation and the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association thinks it may take new automobile ownership models to get people into EV driver’s seats. “Car Rental 2.0” looks at alternatives to car ownership including car rental, car clubs, and ridesharing and the role governments at all levels can play to bring these about for the EV. “One of the biggest barriers to electric vehicle uptake by private individuals is that of cost, particularly high upfront purchase costs. This problem could potentially be overcome by offering electric vehicles through car clubs or rental operators, which would be more able to absorb the higher initial cost of ownership…For people who are unsure about making the move to electric vehicles, car clubs and car rental offer an ideal opportunity to test-drive technology and establish whether it meets their transport needs.” The study looks at the costs and benefits of these alternatives, the barriers to their implementation, and poses some questions for further research in this area. See also TheGreenCar How to kick start the electric car market.

IDTechEx is creating the world’s first encyclopedia on the present and future of electric vehicles.  AZOcleantech says the work will look at EVs on land, air and water. “The focus is on easy access to useful information and the understanding of trends, benefits and challenges now and in future.”

The US state of Washington is implementing an electric car tax as of February 1, 2013. Torque News tells us it is to collect road use fees normally collected at the gasoline pumps electric car owners never visit. Fossil fuel vehicles pay for road maintenance costs through fuel taxes. “In light of the inability to collect fuel taxes from electric car drivers, the State of Washington has passed a law requiring a yearly $100 fee to own an electric car.” Opponents claim that because EV drivers pay taxes on electricity, that should be enough. However, electricity taxes are not directed road and highway maintenance. Unlike the fuel tax, The flat $100 EV fee is not anonymous and is not based on the actual usage of each individual driver. Those who drive very little would be disproportionately charged a higher amount per mile than those who drive a lot.  The neighbouring state of Oregon is considering a per mile EV tax but no decision has been made as of yet.

SciDev reports the Philippines plans to introduce electric tricycle taxis to replace its petrol models. Tricycle taxis are motorcycles fitted with passenger sidecars. They are one of the Philippines’ most widely used forms of transport for travelling short distances. There are 200,000 tricycles in the Manila metropolitan region alone, and about 3.5 million in the entire country. The plan is to replace 100,000 petrol-fuelled tricycles with electric tricycles — or e-Trikes — in a ‘lease-to-own’ arrangement starting in 2013.

hybridCARS posts Electric Buses Will Lead The Way In EV Development.  IDTechEx forecasts the global market for electric buses and taxis to reach $54 billion by 2021; with the buses being the largest sector and China becoming the largest market for both. “Electric” includes both hybrids and pure electric vehicles. In Electric Buses and Taxis 2012-2022 the market research firm defines buses as enclosed vehicles with a driver that have been designed for stage carriage or transit work and carrying at least 10 passengers. Unlike electric cars, buses and taxis are adopting new technology much more rapidly and they do not need long range to succeed.

Americans are still clueless about EVs writes autoMedia while MarketWatch says electric cars are appealing to only 3% of U.S. car market. ““Consumers will pay for technology if it’s a three year payback. Unless you’re an early adopter or have another reason to buy technology, you won’t get it  with a 10-year payback, which is about what you get with an electric vehicle.”

TheGreenCar tells us what to expect for electric cars in 2013. The blog informs us about 10 EV predictions from Pike Research. See also Minyanville Why 2013 Will Be the Year of the Plug-In Electric Vehicle: 10 Expert Predictions.

CarTrade wants us know how electric hybrids are likely to fare in India.

A new report from IDTechEx looks at the global electric vehicle market over the next decade. The market research company sees cars as making up less than half the EV business for the coming decade. We also learn that 66% of the manufacturers of electric vehicles in the world are in China and over 90% of the world’s electric vehicles are made in China, mainly for use in China. It has the largest potential market for electric vehicles. The 35 million EVs sold worldwide in 2012 will rise to nearly 129 million in 2022, driven by e-bikes. Other big sellers will include motorcycles, military vehicles, buses and construction equipment. Hybrids will dominate pure electrics.

Forbes tells us what it is like to drive a Mitsubishi iMiev around New York City.

Annual maintenance is cheaper for an EV posts Clean Technica. EVs not only have lower energy costs, but are 35% less expensive to maintain than a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE due to their inherent simplicity. There are fewer mechanical parts and they lack the fuel, oil and air regulation systems that ICE vehicles rely on. There is also less in the way of other non-mechanical parts which can last long but also eventually deteriorate, such as exhaust systems and gears.

British Gas says UK companies could save an average of £350,000 by switching 10% of their fleet to electric vehicles. Financial and emergency services would gain the most from such a move followed by transport and distribution. The energy company found EVs save money in a number of ways including lower operating costs and servicing costs. British Gas is adding 1400 EVs to its own fleet by 2015.



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  1. […] US state of Oregon is considering a per-mile road use tax for EVs we learn from Torque News. Previously we mentioned that the neigbhouring state of Washington will impose a flat fee per year on EVs as of […]