EVs

 

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)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are about to finalize a project to replace 200,000 conventional tricycles with electric versions. The 5-year project will see to it that 100,000 electric tricycles or e-trikes will be used all over the country by the end of 2017.

The DOE is set to announce the winner of the public bidding for the supplier of the first 3,000 e-trikes in the next few weeks.

treehugger gives us the 10 largest US regions for EV growth. The city of Atlanta, Georgia in the southeast part of the country is now challenging the California cities for the most EVs in a metropolitan area. In the 4th quarter of 2013 Atlanta accounted for 4.4% of all electric cars in the US. The state of Georgia offers a tax credit of up to $5,000 for purchasing an electric car — more than any other state. It also offers access to special highway vehicle lanes to anyone driving an EV – a real plus in traffic-clogged Atlanta. The other top cities for total electric car registrations are San Francisco (19.5%), Los Angeles (15.4%), Seattle (8%), and New York City (4.6%).

Inside EVs provides us with a projected map of the density of electric cars in Europe in 2030.

London Seems to be Tops in EV Density in 2030…Likely Largely Due to the City’s Congestion Charge and Influx of Electric Taxis.

thecardriving reports Dubai has 28 hybrid taxi cabs. The Dubai Taxi Corporation plans to add another 22 hybrid taxis by the end of this year. By the end of next year, the company expects to have 300 hybrid vehicles on Dubai roads.

From First Post India we learn the city of Bangalore has India’s first electric bus.

International Business Times looks at the reasons why people in the US buy EVs. It turns out the motivation changes with the car involved. A new survey from the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy suggests owners of three of the most popular plug-in electric vehicles in the market have three different reasons.

Out of the 3,881 California-based respondents, 38 percent of Nissan Leaf owners said environmental concerns was their primary motivation for buying the hatchback that has become the world’s most popular battery electric vehicle…This contrasts with owners of the Toyota Prius plug-in electric hybrid. Fifty-seven percent of Prius owners said access to special highway lanes was the primary motivator…At the same time, owners of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle cited saving money as the primary motivation, at 34 percent.

The survey also asked these owners what their desired electric range would be for these cars. Not surprisingly, all of them wanted more range.

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