DIGITAL TRENDS wants to know when will EVs overcome short range, long charges and big price tags? while CAR and DRIVER asks: The Spark is Gone: What’s Going On with Electric Cars?. And greener ideal posts Electric Vehicles Staggering Forward – But for How Long?

wxyz tells us how extreme cold temperatures affect electric vehicles.

TheGreenCar writes about the success of stop-start technology. “There are few technologies that have had a more successful introduction into our vehicles than start-stop systems…According to a recent report, more than 70 per cent of new cars are expected to include start-stop technology by 2017: and the global market for the systems will reach 35 million by that time.” the stop-start system automatically shuts down and restarts the internal combustion engine to reduce the amount of time the engine spends idling, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions. In petrol automobiles, these systems can reduce fuel usage by 5% to 10%.

Inside EVs gives us France’s EV sales for 2012. There were 5,663 passenger vehicle sales and 3,651  light-commercial sales. France accounted for 35% of EV sales in Europe.  That put France ahead of Norway (15%) and Germany (13%). EVs represented 0.2% of all car sales in Europe in 2012. See also Automotive Business Review European electric and hybrid vehicle sales to account 4% of the market in 2020.

The US is to lead the world in electric car sales by 2020 posts The Christian Science Monitor. According to Pike Research, there could be as many as 1.8 million plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2020. With worldwide EV sales to reach 3.8 million by 2020, the U.S. will be home to 47% of these sales. In 2012 there were 44,888 EV sales in the US.  See also MARKETWIRE Electric Vehicle Sales to Top 3.5 Million by 2020In Europe, EV sales are projected to reach 827,000 by 2020 according to GREEN ECONOMY.

In Europe Plans for Electric Vehicles we learn from DOMESTICFUEL that the European Union has begun the process of optimally integrating electrical vehicles (EVs) into electricity networks.

Energy & Capital tells us about smart roads in the Netherlands. Next year the country will see roads treated with special paint that will glow in the dark to illuminate night traffic, special “charging lanes” that will allow electric vehicles to charge on the go, and intelligent traffic lights that will sense approaching vehicles, brighten, and then dim after the vehicle passes by. Starting this year, some Dutch roads will be painted with road markings made of photo-luminescent powder. These would charge during daylight hours and glow during the night off that stored charge.The same principle would be applied to use temperature-sensitive paint to make ice-crystals on the road visible to night-time drivers through illumination.

MANUFACTRURING.NET says solar carports will be the refueling stations of the future for the US.

Next-Gen Transportation News reports that Chinese EV auto maker BYD has sold 500 electric police cars to the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau. The BYD e6 reaches speeds of over 85 mph with a range of more than 185 miles.

SamTrans, a public transit company in the San Francisco, California area is buying 25 diesel-electric hybrid buses reports Redwood City-Woodside Patch. The first of the buses will be operating by the end of this year.




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