Chiclana, Spain is running cars on human waste according to Green Car Reports. A facility just outside the town, owned by All-gas, uses waste water and southern Spanish sunlight to grow algae which is then used to produce biofuel. The company harvested its first algae crop last month. By 2015, the plant hopes to produce 3 tons of annual production from 10 hectares of land, enough to fuel around 200 cars or 10 city garbage trucks per year.

HYDROGEN Fuel News says the value of the European fuel cell market will reach $613 by 2018. This prediction comes from a new study by research firm Markets & Markets which found Europe is a hub of activity when it comes to fuel cells and hydrogen fuel. The study forecasts the size of this market will quadruple over the next 5 years with Germany and the UK leading the way.

Green Car Reports finds that about 1/3 of all trucks on US roads run on clean diesel engines. 82% of US cargo is moved by diesel trucking.

From Green Car Congress we learn US diesel vehicles generally have lower total cost of ownership than gasoline vehicles. This is the conclusion of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in a recent study entitled Total Cost of Ownership: A Gas Versus Diesel Comparison. The authors found diesel vehicles generally saved owners between $2,000 to $6,000 in total ownership costs during a three to five year period when compared to similar gasoline vehicles. All of the diesel vehicles tested had better miles per gallon than the gasoline versions with the diesels having between 8% and 44% higher miles per gallon. In addition the diesel vehicles had lower fuel costs.

We had some forecasts this week about the expected growth of the electric vehicle market.

Inside EVs says the number of electric vehicles on the road worldwide will reach 116 million by 2023. (See chart below with breakdown by type of EV.) The source of this forecast is the research firm IDTechEx which predicts 38.8 million of these vehicles will be sold in the year 2023. The definition of “electric vehicle” is broad and includes everything that moves under electric power, even golf carts, boats, bicycles, helicopters and personal mobility devices like electric wheelchairs. Pure electric automobiles will only account for 8% of the total number of electric vehicles manufactured in 2023. The highest sellers in the EV segment will be e-bikes (electric bicycles) which are already big sellers in Asia (eg. China, India).


IDTechEx Chart


The low emission vehicle market will reach of a value of $103 billion by 2017 according to SBWire. A new report from Markets & Markets (Low Emission Vehicle Market: 2012 – 2017) finds the global low emission vehicle market was valued $21.13 billion in 2011 and is expected to grow from $27.45 billion in 2012 to $103.13 billion by 2017 at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 30.3%. The report defines “low emission” vehicles Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV), Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle (FHEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and Pure (battery operated) Electric Vehicles.

PRNewswire tells us about a report by IDTechEx on the light electric vehicle market over the next decade. A Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) is a land vehicle propelled by an electric motor that uses an energy storage device such as a battery or fuel cell, has two or three wheels, and typically weighs less than 100kg. Most LEVs are and will remain ebikes. Sales will reach 130 million yearly before 2025, make it one of the world’s largest industries. To date, the sales are concentrated on China, Japan and other Asian markets as well as the EU.  However, over the next decade these sales will reach around the globe.





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