The world’s first hydrogen-powered ship is examined by hydrogenfuelnews. FCS Alsterwasser is powered by hydrogen fuel cells that generate approximately 100 kilowatts of electricity. The 100 passenger vessel has been operating on inner-city waterways in Hamburg, Germany.

TheGreenCar tells us all about stop/start cars. Stop/start systems, a common feature in new cars, help save fuel and reduce air pollution by seamlessly switching off the engine when the car comes to a standstill and restarting it again when the driver dips the clutch. Such systems allow motorists stuck in traffic jams, waiting at lights etc, to easily save fuel. Stop/start systems only work when a car stops and the driver puts the car in neutral.

plugincars explores how electric car motors work.

Entrepreneur examines the costs and benefits of alternative fuels. There are more than a dozen types of fuel currently in production or development–the most commercially available being natural gas, electricity, propane, diesel and, to a lesser extent, hydrogen, ethanol and biodiesel. The post includes an alternative fuel Buyer’s Guide to assist in making the decision that is right for your situation. Meanwhile, greener leith helps us decide between hybrids and fossil fuel cars.

4-traders informs us the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently facilitated discussions with auto manufacturers and government policy makers to map out the next phase of EV development. Representatives from major auto makers and IEA member countries met in Stuttgart. Germany last week to discuss ways to increase the adoption of electric vehicles around the world. The IEA considers electric vehicles one of the best options for decarbonising the transport sector, especially in urban areas. One significant benefit of EVs is enabling a smart grid and enhancing the potential for storage of renewable energy. Discussion topics included how governments and industry can work together to reduce battery costs and accelerate innovation; how demand can be accurately gauged to match supply; which non-financial incentives are most effective in precipitating demand for electric vehicles in an age of austerity; and, what specific measures encourage the procurement of electric vehicles by government and corporations.

The New York Times explores the EV battery cost issues in Questions Linger on Battery Prices in Electric Cars.

To offset the gloomy outlook for EVs we noted in The Week in EVs and More (Part 2), hydrogenfuelnews has a post Electric vehicles posed for major expansion in near future. A new study from Pike Research indicates that the number of charging stations for electric vehicles is about to grow exponentially around the world, led by the U.S., China, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The number of EV charging stations globally is expected to reach 11.4 million by 2020. This is largely due to  generous government programs subsidizing the rollout of these stations. “More charging stations means that it will be easier for drivers of electric vehicles to keep their cars charged, thus alleviating some of the concerns these drivers have had in the past.”. You can access the Pike study here.

CBS asks When Will Electric-Car Charging Stations Exceed Gas Stations?

The US state of Minnesota has approved a special rates for charging EVs at home reports the Minneapolis StarTribune. Dakota Electric Association, an electric cooperative that serves 101,000 customers in the state will offer the optional rate plan on a pilot basis, and expects about 10 electric car owners to try it initially. The new rates require a separate meter to track charging costs. This is the first plan tailored for electric vehicle charging, which can take eight to 10 hours unless the owner installs a special charging station.

Torque News tells us about a new portable home EV charging station. Aerovironment’s EVSE-RS Plug-In is a Level 2 charger that plugs into any 240V outlet. Any electric car driver to take this charging station with them when they move or visit. They can charge at other frequently visited residences, such as relatives’ homes or vacation homes equipped with a dedicated 240 volt outlet.

US electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has a faster electric car charging station says MercuryNews. The solar-powered Supercharger has been installed at six highway rest stops in California. The free stations can fully charge Tesla’s new Model S sedan in about an hour, and a half-hour-long charge can produce enough energy for a 150-mile trip. The company hopes to have more stations throughout California and in parts of Nevada and Oregon by the end of the year, and wants to blanket “almost the entire United States” within two years.

GIZMODO tells us why Australia doesn’t need an EV charger on every corner. Looking at the reality of urban driving in Australia and the fact many EV owners charge their vehicles overnight at their homes when electricity rates are at their lowest, the author thinks it is not necessary that EV charging stations be ubiquitous. “If you rarely travel more than 100 km per day, and have somewhere to charge at home, you do not need to wait for public charging infrastructure.”





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