Forbes presents a slideshow of the next wave of green cars.

The Atlantic looks at the future of car technology. The review includes computer technology, self-driving cars and car sharing and raises questions about how insurance companies will respond to these changes.

TheGreenCar has a piece explaining what the terms for the new cars are – from hybrid to plug-in hybrid to micro-hybrid to range extender to pure electric and more. For example, did you know that a micr0-hybrid is simply a car which uses a start-stop function?

From cnet we learn that generation Y wants connectivity and fuel economy in their cars.  This conclusion follows a Deloitt LLP survey of Gen Y consumers aged 19 to 31 in the U.S., China, and Europe. “While previous generations may have lusted after horsepower and engine, Deloitt found that these savvy consumers are eyeing high fuel economy and places to plug in their mobile devices.” 60% want a hybrid but only 20% would chose all electric.  They are not drawn to the electric cord.

Wired tells us how to keep our electric cars on the road while Green Car Reports gives us winter driving tips for EVs.

USA Today asks: Do electric-car drivers deserve special parking places?

visor DOWN informs us that the UK government is going to study hydrogen fuel. The UK H2Mobility project will investigate hydrogen’s potential as a fuel, including the problems of a refueling infrastructure. If the bugs can be worked out, hydrogen is seen as a potential viable substitute for the internal combustion engine without sacrificing range anxiety and ease of refueling.

Last year 2629 EVs were bought in France says plugincars. Most were bought by fleets with less than 500 going to individuals.  In 2011 more EVs were sold in France than in Germany, the UK, Spain, and Italy.

carsuk noted that there are more EV charging stations in the UK than there are EVs. Which leads hemeltoday to comment that one charging point has never been used. Installed in August in Herts, England at a cost of £7,000, it is still waiting for its first EV. The article says that the UK government has plans to build a network of around 1,000 EV charging stations across the East of England, where Herts is located. The BBC says that the northeast of England has the most electric car charging points. Currently there are some 300 points running all the way from Middlesbrough to Berwick. By 2013 there will be more than 1,000 charging points installed, stretching from Berwick to Redcar and from South Tyneside to Hexham. The network will include charging points in residential areas, at businesses and in public car parks. And TheGreenCar reports that 5 years from now there will be 390,000 charging points in the UK.

The town of Normal in the US state of Illinois is getting six EVs for its fleet reports WJBC. The town is leasing the cars to take advantage of US government incentives to purchase EVs. The same source further reveals that 10 charging stations are coming to the area and they will be free for five years.

The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia is getting 4 EV charging stations next week says canada.com. Installation costs are $20,000 and electricity c0st is estimated at $300 annually. The charging stations will be free to users.  In future the city will either charge a fee or charge for parking. The city already has its own fleet of three electric vehicles and city charging stations.

The town of Media in the US state of Pennsylvania has its first EV charging station writes MediaPatch. Electric car owners can charge at the station for an hourly fee. Most EVs can top off their batteries from half full, in about four hours.

Tampa Bay Online pointed out there is now free charging for EVs at Tampa Bay, Florida airport.

College Times mentions that the city of Mesa in the US state of Arizona has its first three EV charging stations.  All three stations are located on the campus of Mesa Community College. Drivers use a special card to pay for a charge that can take two to three hours to produce a 50% charge.

 

 

 

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