From Green Car Reports we find that the trucking industry in North America expects diesel to be the dominant fuel for truckers well into mid-century. Improvements in diesel technology has led to better mileage and fewer greenhouse gas emissions, enabling this fuel to fend off competition from natural gas and gasoline. Moreover, it has a much more ubiquitous refueling infrastructure than natural gas and this will continue for at least the next decade or two.
By 2040, diesel could account for 70 percent of all transportation fuels, while natural gas rises from today’s one percent to a still-modest 4 percent of the market.
Austrian long-haul trucking firm Nothegger Transport is buying 220 biodiesel-powered trucks reports Next Generation Transportation News. The truck engines are designed to run on 100% biodiesel. Nothegger expects to cut its operating costs by about $7,000 per truck annually through the use of biodiesel alone.
UPI tells us the Britain wants to be the world leader in electric cars. The government is working with auto companies like BMW, Nissan and Toyota to create the Go Ultra Low campaign to encourage more British consumers to switch to electric or hybrid vehicles. There are now more than 6,000 charging stations across the country and the government is adding another $14 million for the installation of additional charging stations including 140 that can charge an EV in less than 30 minutes.
Global electric vehicle production is anticipated to hit 403,000 vehicles this year, up from 242,000 in 2013 or 66%, according to IHS Automotive. Automakers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will build about 40% of this total with the US adding 27%. Wall Street Sector Selector notes that teh increase in EV production is leading to a decrease in EV prices for consumers.
The Philippines wants to have one million EVs on the road by 2020 according to the Nation. The number would include two-wheeled vehicles like electric bikes, electric motorcycles, 3-wheelers like electric tricycles, and e-jeepneys. (See photo above)