Automotive World shines some light on the world of 2050: 9 billion people, 2 billion cars and congested megacities.
…by the middle of this century the world population will have grown from seven billion today to nine billion, and that as many as 80% of those people will live in cities compared with around 60% at the moment….the number of vehicles will almost triple from 800 million today to two billion by 2050, and two-thirds of them will still have an internal combustion engine, even if it is allied to some form of electrification.
Looking out at little closer to the future, Domestic Fuel ponders our driving choices for 2023 and Michigan Radio asks What will be fueling your car in the future? The latter doesn’t see a big change as automakers are expected to get increasingly better efficiency from internal combustion engines burning diesel and gasoline and natural gas.
The New Haven Register asks: Are hydrogen cars the wave of the future? while the Canadian town of Whistler, British Columbia decides hydrogen buses are not. The Globe and Mail says Whistler is replacing its fleet of 20 hydrogen buses with diesel. The rationale for the change is that it costs three times as much to fuel and maintain hydrogen buses as diesel buses. Moreover, the hydrogen had to shipped 3000 miles from Quebec. The buses were also prone to breaking down frequently, especially in cold weather.
Hydrogen transportation was also the focus of Knovel, US Army Looks to Hydrogen for Vehicle Power, Green Car Reports, Can Hydrogen Fuel Compete With Electric Cars, and Reuters, Electric vs hydrogen: China is battleground for auto giants.
From hybridCARS we learn that Americans have just bought their 3 millionth hybrid vehicle (passenger cars and trucks).
CARSCOOPS tells us EVs suffer higher depreciation than regular cars. This is the finding of a study by the pricing experts at Cap Automotive who analyzed used car prices in the UK through October of this year. Their research showed EVs had the highest depreciation of all vehicle types surveyed. A new EV was worth only 20% of its value after 3 years compared with 44% for a diesel vehicle and 43% for petrol.
BusinessCar gives a test drive of the new BMW EV – the i3 with range extender. The range extender adds a 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine to the basic EV. It’s mounted directly above the electric motor, which itself sits between the rear wheels, and adds more power. This increases the range of the vehicle from 118 miles to between 160-186 miles.
This week the city council for New York decreed that at least 20% of all spaces in new indoor and outdoor automobile parking lots must offer EV charging. plugincars adds the purpose of the new law is to spur electric vehicle deployment in this US city. The law is similar to one passed by the city councils of Vancouver, Canada and London, UK.
Inside EVs has an infographic showing how electric vehicles can cut petroleum use in half by 2035.
Speakeasy introduces us to a self-driving Nissan EV. Nissan Motor Co. tested a self-driving version of its electric Leaf on Japan’s Sagami Expressway in Kanagawa prefecture, southwest of Tokyo. Its guidance system, called Autonomous Drive, senses road conditions and operates the car’s steering, acceleration and braking as it merges into traffic, changes lanes and makes adjustments to keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Nissan’s goal is to start selling self-driving cars to consumers by 2020.
12% of car sales in Norway in November were EVs, according to Clean Technica. 1434 EVs were bought last month, out of just over 12,000 new car registrations. The Volkswagon Golf was the most sought electric vehicle after followed by the Tesla Model S. The same source also told us the most important factors driving EV demand in Norway, the highest in Europe. EV drivers benefit from free access to toll roads, free parking, use of bus-only lanes, free ferry rides and free charging. Norway is introducing more EV incentives in 2014 including the leasing of these vehicles and the purchase of batteries.
Consumer Affairs tells us 40% of US Households could easily live with an EV. A survey by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds four out of ten US households could use an electric vehicle with little or no change to their driving habits.
While less than 1 percent of the country are driving electric vehicles (EVs) today, the survey found 42 percent of respondents with cars — equivalent to 45 million households when applied nationally — meet the basic criteria for using plug-in hybrid electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt. Over half of those households are also able to use a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) like the Nissan LEAF.