The EV Project, an organization funded by the US Department of Energy has released data from 8,000-plus plug-in vehicle owners reports Inside EVs. The data dates back to 2009 and shows that most US EV owners are 45 to 54 years of age with a household income of more than $200,000. (Infographic)
There were a number of posts this week about the hydrogen economy and particularly the potential for this abundant element to power our transportation. Earth Techling discusses How Chemistry Impacts Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles while the BBC wonders if hydrogen is the car fuel of the future. Fuel-cell cars chemically convert hydrogen to electricity to power the vehicle, omitting only water vapour as a waste product in the process.
In Clearing the air about the hydrogen economy RSC Chemistry World examined the misinformation surrounding the use of hydrogen as a transportation fuel and attempts to set the record straight by looking at the costs and benefits of switching to hydrogen for long distance vehicle power.
There is relatively little public knowledge…of what is being done globally with hydrogen and fuel cell (HFC) technologies – leading to an abundance of misinformation and those opining on it.
PLATINUM TODAY tells us the cost of rolling out a hydrogen refueling infrastructure could be 5 times that for an similar electric vehicle charging network. The lack of a significant refueling network is seen as a major barrier to transforming to a hydrogen economy in Europe. Many believe this can only happen through a joint-venture involving the European governments and private auto companies. See also Hydrogen Fuel News, Will More Public Hydrogen Fueling Stations Fuel Demand For More Hydrogen Cars?
The US state of California has approved legislation to jump start the hydrogen economy. autobloggreen tells us the state will finance the construction of 100 hydrogen refueling stations over the next decade. Currently there are 10 hydrogen refueling stations in the state.
Germany’s “H2 Mobility” initiative is starting the construction of a nationwide hydrogen refueling network in the European country. iol motoring tells us the goal is to construct 400 hydrogen refueling stations by 2023 with 100 in place by 2018. Currently the country has some 15 hydrogen refueling stations. Once complete, every 90 km (56 miles) of German motorway will offer a hydrogen station. Unlike electric vehicles, hydrogen powered vehicles can refuel within minutes and can travel on one tank distances similar to those of a conventional internal combustion engine car. The German project will include investment from the private sector as well as government funding. newnet notes German car manufacturing group Daimler along with five oil and industrial gas companies will invest €350m ($500m) into this project over the next decade. See also autobloggreen, Daimler, others promise 100 hydrogen stations in Germany in four years, 400 by 2023.