Alternative fuel vehicles popularity is determined by fuel economy

According to a new study, fuel economy is the chief consideration when selecting gas or alternative powered vehicles. A new consumer survey carried out by the non-partisan think tank, Fuels Institute, which analyzes market issues in relation to fuels, and was founded by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), found that for consumers, the largest deciding factor when it comes to buying gasoline or alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), is fuel economy. The cost of the vehicle also plays a huge role in a consumer’s purchasing decision. In regard to…

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Sweden and Denmark pegged as ideal markets by Hyundai

Denmark - Electric Vehicles

Hyundai examines global markets for promise South Korean automaker Hyundai is preparing for the launch of its new hydrogen-powered vehicle, the Tucson ix35. As part of the company’s preparation, Hyundai has been looking at several markets around the world to determine which will be the first to see the vehicle’s release. The markets that are most appealing to Hyundai are those that already have a somewhat established hydrogen fuel infrastructure, as well as governing policies that are favorable to clean transportation. Sweden and Denmark chosen for launch of Tucson ix35…

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Saab may be revived as a maker of electric vehicles

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Defunct automaker Saab may soon be revived as a maker of electric vehicles if new investors have their way. Saab closed its doors in January 2012 after more than 65 years of business. The company had struggled financially for several years before it was closed down and hosted a sleuth of complicated, and sometimes tense, relationship with other automakers. General Motors purchased the company in 1990, but Saab was unable to live up to the larger automaker’s expectations. Saab closed its doors in January this year after a Chinese consortium…

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BMW unveils its electric-gas hybrid i8 Spyder concept car

hybrid bmw i8 Spyder

Hybrid cars just got sexy BMW is looking to expand its portfolio of alternative energy vehicles and has begun branching off from its interest in hydrogen fuel cells. The automaker is one of the many in the industry that has been focusing on hydrogen recently. Fuel cells have become the primary focus for the industry due to the fact that they can match or exceed the performance of internal combustion engines. BMW believes that hydrogen will not be the only thing powering future vehicles and claims that gasoline will still…

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2011 natural disasters spur renewed enthusiasm for alternative energy

Japan Earthquake

The Munich Reinsurance Company, a reinsurance and ratings firm serving the global insurance industry, has released a new report concerning the economic losses of natural disasters in 2011. The report notes that last year saw more than 820 natural disasters, many of which were man-made. These catastrophes resulted in 27,000 deaths and more than $380 billion in losses around the world. In terms of casualties, 2011 was more lenient than 2010, but was much more damaging to the global economy. The report notes that one of the worst disasters of…

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Karabag launches world’s first nationwide electric vehicle service network in Germany

Karabag Electric car

The auto industry is undergoing a bit of a technological revolution these days. Automakers are adopting new technologies to power their vehicles, such as hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries. While this may be a welcome change for environmentalists, many drivers are not very keen on the shift in technology. Drivers have long been capable of fixing any problem they may have with their cars themselves, if motivated enough to do so. Such do-it-yourself fixes are popular, allowing drivers to sidestep costly trips to mechanics. New technology, however, is not…

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West Coast gets 8 new electric charging stations to help bolster the alternative energy infrastructure of the region

West Coast Electric Highway

Interstate 5, the main highway that connects the West Coast states of the U.S., has become home to 8 new electric charging stations and is the latest addition to the West Coast Electric Highway, an ambitious initiative to establish an alternative energy infrastructure in western states. The stations begin at California’s northern border and extend to the far north of Oregon. Each station is capable of providing energy to electric cars and fills a gap in the current infrastructure to support these vehicles. Each station is equipped with fast-charging technology.…

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Human behavior, not technology, may be the key to alternative energy

Hydrogen Fuel Transportation

Technology may not be enough to break the world’s dependence on fossil-fuels, according to University of Oregon sociologist Richard York. For decades, the consensus as to why fossil-fuels are necessary has largely been focused on the lack of alternatives and the technology to make these alternatives viable. Now that technology has reached the point where such alternatives as solar, wind, and hydrogen are viable, progress toward breaking away from fossil-fuels is expected to accelerate. In a new report, York posits that this is not the case. York argues that the…

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Mitsubishi unveils innovative new electric vehicle that could be a boon in the wake of a natural disaster

Mitsubishi iMiEV

  Japanese automaker Mitsubishi has unveiled their new electric vehicles, the iMiEV. The vehicle is more than just a battery-powered car; it is a mobile electric generator. The iMiEV is being labeled as a vehicle perfect for helping people cope with life in the wake of a natural disaster. Japan is no stranger to catastrophe. Last year’s major earthquake and tsunami disaster was enough to get Japanese citizens concerned about what resources they have at their disposal. The iMiEV could be something that these people can rely on. The vehicle…

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U.S. Navy purchases electric charging stations for new pilot program

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The U.S. Navy has purchased more than $60,000 worth of electronic charging stations from OpConnect, a manufacturer of charging stations for electronic vehicles. Each of the stations purchased by the Navy is capable of charging four vehicles simultaneously. These stations will be installed at Navy bases in Washington D.C., Maryland, and California. The stations will be the backbone for a new pilot project from the U.S. military that will have personnel using electric vehicles for transportation. The Department of Defense has been aggressive in its pursuit for alternative energy after…

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U.S. ethanol exports expected to fall as demand for the fuel plummets

Ethanol Pump in Brazil

As the U.S. grows more interested in alternative energies like solar, wind and hydrogen, the question of the role ethanol is playing has arisen. In the past three years, U.S. ethanol exports have risen dramatically. This is largely due to a tax credit that exists to promote the fuel. This tax credit is augmented by taxpayer money, essentially meaning that U.S. citizens are subsidizing exports to other countries when ethanol could be used to lower gas prices back at home. There are indications that the demand for ethanol is dropping…

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Mercedes-Benz shows of hydrogen-powered invisible car in Germany

As part of its ongoing F-Cell World Tour, Mercedes-Benz spent a week in Germany showing off their new invisible car. The car is a hydrogen-powered SUV and is not actually invisible, but was made to appear so with the use of LED-embedded materials. The automaker is trying to convey the idea that their vehicle produces absolutely no harmful emission. This means that from an environmental stand point, the car is virtually invisible. People throughout Germany have responded well to the campaign thus far. Using a simple camera and material containing…

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Nissan expands market for the Leaf electric vehicle to include 21 new states

Electric Vehicles - Nissan Leaf Battery Electric Car

Japanese automaker Nissan has announced that its award-winning electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, will be available in an additional 21 states in the U.S. Previously, the Leaf was only available in a select few states, of which California represented the most prominent market. Nissan believes that the success of the vehicle in the states it had been available in will carry over to the new states. Residents of these states have received emails informing them that they can now order the vehicles. Nissan has been working to expand the appeal…

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Toyota embraces hydrogen as one of its primary fuels, plans to release hydrogen-powered vehicles in 2015

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Car

Japanese automaker Toyota has long been a staunch advocate of hybrid and battery-powered vehicles. The company has remained true to its adherence to hybrids and pure electrics even while most of the auto industry adopted hydrogen with open arms. As its competitors gained acclaimed and a great deal of attention for their use of hydrogen fuel cells, Toyota was left in the dark. Now, however, the automaker has also taken up hydrogen as one of its favored fuels and plans to establish itself as a leader in the changing industry…

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European companies ally to tackle the challenge of sustainability

Report - Renewable Energy Supported by Country

Nowhere in the world is alternative energy a bigger subject than it is in Europe. The majority of countries in the region have been working to adopt alternative energy for several years now. Only recently, however, has the European Union been throwing its support behind the effort. While the EU has made significant progress in promoting clean fuel and sustainability, many European countries are saying that it is too little too late. These companies have now banded together to tackle the challenge themselves. The new coalition has been formed by…

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Fuel Cell Today released first report of its “Nordic Country” series investigating the state of hydrogen energy in some parts of Europe

Hydrogen Fuel Report

Fuel Cell Today, an intelligence and analysis publication that specializes in the fuel cell industry, has released a new report concerning the state of hydrogen energy and fuell cells in Finland. The report is the first part of the publication’s “Nordic Countries” series. The series focuses on how these countries are using alternative energy to create a sustainable future and examines their progress toward this goal. Fuel Cell Today’s report shows that Finland has made promising headway in the quest for sustainability. The report briefly touches on the country’s history…

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