MODE TRANSPORTATION January 30th

AIRSHIPS - Coming to America: a Swiss solar powered plane
Ten years ago, when Bertrand Piccard started a project in Switzerland to fly an airplane powered only by sunlight, aerospace companies he spoke to thought he was nuts. That was a good thing, he said, because it told him that he had come up with a worthy challenge that could make a big impact on people's lives. The project, called Solar Impulse, went on to set world records and spark imagination for a future when air travel could leave low-carbon ...
Solar Impulse 6
http://gigaom.com/2013/01/30/coming-to-america-a-swiss-solar


BATTERIES - Chinese Billionaire Scoops Up Bankrupt U.S. Battery Maker A123
You hear a lot of grousing in China about U.S. protectionism, but the deal flow keeps coming. Last month lithium-ion battery firm, A123 was sold to Wanxiang Group, an auto-parts conglomerate controlled by billionaire Lu Guanqiu. The $257 million sale required clearance from a federal panel, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CIFUS). That has been granted, the company said Tuesday. This is a victory for Wanxiang, which had f ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/simonmontlake/2013/01/30/chinese

BATTERIES - Make a Battery with Spare Change
This instructable shows you how to make a battery out of a few pennies that can power a small calculator or a couple of LEDs ...
http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/clean-technology/make-b

CARS - Auto Lending Is A Big Hurdle In China
Auto finance is a big part of the challenge facing the world's automakers and their finance arms in emerging markets, especially China ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhenry/2013/01/28/auto-lending


CARS - Are Velomobiles the Future? The Elf Thinks So
A velomobile like a small car, but it operates like a bicycle in that it is pedal-powered. The Elf is an electric velomobile/bicycle developed by Organic Transit, which allows you to switch between 100% electric power so you can relax when tired, or 100% pedal power if you want to extend your overall range and get some exercise.It will also allow you to choose a combination of electric and pedal power, if you, for example, don't want to have to p ...
http://gas2.org/2013/01/28/are-velomobiles-the-future-the-el

CARS - Ford's European Headache Gets Worse Before It Gets Better
Europe has been a sinkhole for Detroit's automakers in recent quarters, and Tuesday morning's forecast from Ford Motor made it clear that the light at the end of the tunnel is not yet in sight ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveschaefer/2013/01/29/fords-e

CARS - Fisker Seeking Chinese Savior By Next Month
Sometimes it feels like we are picking on Fisker, because for the past year it has been one bad, sad news story after another. But it is hard to deny that Fisker faces a grim outlook unless they can get a much-needed injection of cash. This means the U.S. based automaker, which builds and ships cars over from Finland, has gone to China in search of funding...and they may have found it.Fisker, which values its plug-in hybrid car technology at arou ...
http://gas2.org/2013/01/29/fisker-seeking-chinese-savior-by-

CARS - Chrysler's Super Bowl Silence Could Give Its Ad Huge Impact
While other auto brands are blowing their ammo on teasers of their Super Bowl ads, or already have revealed their entire 30-second or 60-second commercials for the Big Game, one key brand has been notably missing from all the pre-kickoff hype and social-media ground campaigns ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dalebuss/2013/01/30/chryslers-pr

CARS - Ford's Unhappy $2 Billion European Surprise
When we last heard about Ford and its troubles in Europe, the carmaker insisted that it had things under control. It planned to use the same tactics that led to its stunning North American turnaround to fix its operations across the Atlantic. And while there was no guarantee that broader European markets would cooperate, Ford seemed confident that its plan would take root ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2013/01/29/ford

CARS - Ford, Mercedes And Nissan Ally On Hydrogen Cars
Hydrogen fuel cells always seems to be just beyond the reach of even the world's largest companies, which can really mean only one thing; car companies need to pool their resources to make hydrogen cars an affordable and practical reality. No wonder Ford, Mercedes, and Nissan have signed a technology pact to produce a car that emits nothing but water by 2017If you ask automakers what they think is the real future of alternative fuel vehicles, mos ...
http://gas2.org/2013/01/29/ford-mercedes-and-nissan-ally-on-

CARS - GM Showers Kansas City With One Of Its Largest Factory Investments Ever
General Motors says it will spend $600 million to upgrade its Fairfax assembly plant near Kansas City, adding new systems and equipment that will make it one of the cleanest and most efficient automotive factories in the world ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/01/28/gm-shower

CARS - Most Anticipated Cars of 2013
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/emeh45gjfd/2013-ford-fusion

CARS - Sponsored post: Big data drives high performance for Cars.com
Cars.com is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers visited by approximately 12 million unique visitors each month. In addition to millions of listings, the website also offers a variety of comparison resources, pricing tools, expert automotive content and dealership reviews. To support its high volume of site traffic, Cars.com must maintain optimal website performance and loading speed - especially given the expectations of today's .
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CARS - Why Elon Musk Wants To Help Boeing Fix The Dreamliner
As CEO of space transport company SpaceX, Elon Musk must count aerospace giant Boeing among his biggest competitors. But that hasn't stopped the billionaire entrepreneur from reaching out a hand to his rival in a time of need .
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2013/01/29/why-elon-m

CARS - Why Safe Drivers Aren't Always Charged The Lowest Car Insurance Rates
This is almost like dispelling an urban myth, only it's about car insurance. Specifically, it's the notion that "safe" drivers - those having unblemished driving records - always pay lower premiums than accident-prone motorists ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2013/01/28/why-safe

CARS - World's Most Popular Cars in 2012
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eddk45feikg/ford-focus


EVs - 2013 Ford Focus Electric Gets Huge Price Cut
Ford is reducing the cost of leasing and buying the Ford Focus Electric to move more units after a relatively disappointing year in 2012 ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/2013-ford-focus-electric-gets

EVs - Daimler, Ford, Nissan aim to develop affordable fuel cell vehicles by 2017
The new alliance pledges to work together to develop a common fuel cell stack and other items that will lead to volume production of fuel cells, cost savings through economy of scale, and make an affordable fuel cell vehicle a reality.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/daimler-ford-nissan-aim-devel

EVs - Carlos Ghosn Discusses Electric Car Revolution
This interview with Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn goes over the current state of the electric car market, and where Mr. Ghosn sees it going next ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/carlos-ghosn-discusses-electr

EVs - Sears installing electric car fast charging stations in Tennessee and Arizona
The electric car fast charging stations, which offer an 80% recharge within 30 minutes, are being deployed to Sears stores in areas with the most electric vehicles and highest store traffic.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/sears-installing-electric-car

EVs - CURRENT EV INFORMATION - Crowdsourced (Add Information If You've Got It!)Ford Focus ElectricDuring the electric vehicle (EV) hangout I was on last week, one of the participants asked about information on currently available EVs. Of course, I was happy to be able to send him over to our "EV Facts" page. However, that page isn't jam-packed with info, and it was in need of a little updating*. So, the participant, Jeffrey Rust, had an idea: why not create a spreadsheet of info on current EVs, and then open it up to pu .. ...
ford focus electric options
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/29/ev-information

EVs - Ford Electrifievehicles gaining  market SHARE OVER TOYOTA's HYBRIDS
Ford's plan to gain electrified car market share from Toyota is paying off with another month of sales and market share gain in hybrid vehicles.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/ford-electrified-vehicles-gaining-market-share-over-toyotas-hybrids


EVs - Ford Focus Electric Cost Cut, But Still Not Competitive
When the Nissan Leaf received a surprise price cut of $6,400 earlier in the month, it was a shot across the bow to automakers everywhere. With the world's most-popular mass market electric car now far more affordable, Ford apparently felt the need to launch its own round of incentives to stimulate EV sales. Now consumers can save more than $10,000 by leasing a Ford Focus Electric, while cash buyers will see their price drop by $2,000.These incent ...

EVs - The Prius was California's Best-Selling Car in 2012
Not something that many would have believed a decade ago, but hybrids are now truly mainstream and the next frontier lies with plug-in vehicles ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/prius-was-californias-best-se

EVs - Video: Tesla Model S Beats Viper At Drag Strip, Sets EV Racing Record
Most electric vehicles are slow, practical affairs designed for a pedestrian life of going from point A to point B in a leisurely, efficient fashion. But not the Tesla Model S, a performance electric sedan that has the same acceleration as many supercars. Don't believe us? Watch this video of a Model S sedan handily defeating a Dodge Viper SRT10 at the drag strip this past weekend.With 416 horsepower and 443 ft-lbs of torque, the Tesla Model S ma ...
http://gas2.org/2013/01/29/video-tesla-model-s-beats-viper-a

EVs - Virginia's Governor Proposes Anti-EV Legislation
In some parts of the country, there is a very real and rational discussion about the role electric vehicles will play in transportation, especially when it comes to paying taxes. Without the need to buy gasoline, EVs avoid paying for taxes on the same roads they use. But a proposal by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell would eliminate the gas tax, while levying a $115 a year free on electric and plug-in hybrid drivers. Seriously?Republican Governor ...
http://gas2.org/2013/01/28/virginias-governor-proposes-anti-


FUELS - Know Your MPG: Air Travel
Cool new service. Read the post, use the service, share:Fuel economy of flights on travel websites? While the idea may seem far-fetched at first, its equivalent on the ground has been around for many years: Governments require it, car manufacturers and dealerships advertise it, and you probably know yours: MPG.Most travelers generally understand that flying is very energy-intensive, but there is little information as to which factors come into .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/29/know-your-mpg-air-travel


TRANSPORT - New Study Finds Link Between LED Billboards and Likelihood of Highway Crashes
Swedish researchers find that drivers look at them more often and for longer times ...
http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/new-study


TRANSPORT - Possible link between electronic billboards and highway crashes
Drivers take more and longer glances at electronic billboards than regular signs, indicating a possible link between these digital signs and highway crashes ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130129075612.ht

AIRSHIPS - Coming to America: a Swiss solar powered plane

Ten years ago, when Bertrand Piccard started a project in Switzerland to fly an airplane powered only by sunlight, aerospace companies he spoke to thought he was nuts. That was a good thing, he said, because it told him that he had come up with a worthy challenge that could make a big impact on people's lives. The project, called Solar Impulse, went on to set world records and spark imagination for a future when air travel could leave low-carbon ...
Solar Impulse 6

http://gigaom.com/2013/01/30/coming-to-america-a-swiss-solar-powered-p

BATTERIES - Chinese Billionaire Scoops Up Bankrupt U.S. Battery Maker A123

You hear a lot of grousing in China about U.S. protectionism, but the deal flow keeps coming. Last month lithium-ion battery firm, A123 was sold to Wanxiang Group, an auto-parts conglomerate controlled by billionaire Lu Guanqiu. The $257 million sale required clearance from a federal panel, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CIFUS). That has been granted, the company said Tuesday. This is a victory for Wanxiang, which had feared being rebuffed on grounds of national security. Critics argued that A123's technology had military uses that shouldn't fall into foreign hands. But CIFUS CFIUS clearly took the view that the assets sold to Wanxiang, stripped of military contracting, didn't represent any threat. Shares in Wanxiang Qianchao, the group's listed flagship, rose 3.5% on the news to RMB5.01.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/simonmontlake/2013/01/30/chinese-billionai

BATTERIES - Make a Battery with Spare Change

This instructable shows you how to make a battery out of a few pennies that can power a small calculator or a couple of LEDs.
http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/clean-technology/make-battery-spa

CARS - Are Velomobiles the Future? The Elf Thinks So

A velomobile like a small car, but it operates like a bicycle in that it is pedal-powered. The Elf is an electric velomobile/bicycle developed by Organic Transit, which allows you to switch between 100% electric power so you can relax when tired, or 100% pedal power if you want to extend your overall range and get some exercise.

It will also allow you to choose a combination of electric and pedal power, if you, for example, don't want to have to pedal too hard, but want at least a little exercise. It is equipped with a 480 watt battery that provides it with 30 miles of range per charge, and its top speed is limited to 20 mph.

"The U.S. market is really unaware of this type of vehicle-of velomobiles-and we are kind of bringing it to the masses," explains Alix Bowman, director of communications at Organic Transit, the startup behind The Elf. Velomobiles are much smaller than cars, but they help to bridge the gap between bicycles and cars. They offer protection from precipitation, dust, flying bugs, and other small debris which motorcycle and bicycle riders are exposed to.

Velomobiles are uncommon and, in western countries such as the U.S, even bicycles are more common. The thought of a 20 mph car sounds awful to many, but it is not a car, it is a form of bicycle (in the eyes of the law). This vehicle may enable you to travel very long distances, as you can pedal with little or no electric power, and also enjoy the 30 mile range, so there will be no range anxiety!

With more Americans opting out of driving cars, and getting onto bicycles, is there a place in our transportation map for velomobiles like the ELF?

Source: co.EXIST

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CARS - Auto Lending Is A Big Hurdle In China

Auto finance is a big part of the challenge facing the world's automakers and their finance arms in emerging markets, especially China.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhenry/2013/01/28/auto-lending-is-a-big-

CARS - Chrysler's Super Bowl Silence Could Give Its Ad Huge Impact

While other auto brands are blowing their ammo on teasers of their Super Bowl ads, or already have revealed their entire 30-second or 60-second commercials for the Big Game, one key brand has been notably missing from all the pre-kickoff hype and social-media ground campaigns.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dalebuss/2013/01/30/chryslers-pre-game-sil

CARS - Fisker Seeking Chinese Savior By Next Month

Sometimes it feels like we are picking on Fisker, because for the past year it has been one bad, sad news story after another. But it is hard to deny that Fisker faces a grim outlook unless they can get a much-needed injection of cash. This means the U.S. based automaker, which builds and ships cars over from Finland, has gone to China in search of funding...and they may have found it.

Fisker, which values its plug-in hybrid car technology at around $1 billion, needs money to get its next model, the $50,000 Fisker Atlantic, into production. Fisker has been cut off from the government teet after failing to meet sales quotas, and the proposed factory in Delaware remains idle...not that Fisker is building anything. It has reportedly been six months since a Fisker Karma was built, due to either lack of demand or lack of batteries after the sale of battery supplier A123 Systems to Wanxiang Automotive, another Chinese auto company.

It hasn't all been bad news though, as Fisker secured another $100 million in private equity late last year. The negotiations in China have also reportedly produced two serious potential investors, who are putting together offers through the banks. How serious these companies are, we'll know soon enough, as Fisker has set a goal of having negotiations finished by next month. And if these bids fall short, or the two parties can't come to a mutual agreement? Fisker has made deals with China before, including a deal that puts Fisker Karmas in the showrooms of China Grand Automotive Group. But can they pull of a final-quarter Hail Mary pass to save the whole shabang?

Well we hate to say it, but 2013 might be Fisker's last bad year...and not in a good way.

Source: Green Car Reports

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CARS - Fords European Headache Gets Worse Before It Gets Better

Europe has been a sinkhole for Detroit's automakers in recent quarters, and Tuesday morning's forecast from Ford Motor made it clear that the light at the end of the tunnel is not yet in sight.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveschaefer/2013/01/29/fords-european-he

CARS - Fords Unhappy $2 Billion European Surprise

When we last heard about Ford and its troubles in Europe, the carmaker insisted that it had things under control. It planned to use the same tactics that led to its stunning North American turnaround to fix its operations across the Atlantic. And while there was no guarantee that broader European markets would cooperate, Ford seemed confident that its plan would take root.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2013/01/29/fords-unhappy-

CARS - Ford, Mercedes And Nissan Ally On Hydrogen Cars

Hydrogen fuel cells always seems to be just beyond the reach of even the world's largest companies, which can really mean only one thing; car companies need to pool their resources to make hydrogen cars an affordable and practical reality. No wonder Ford, Mercedes, and Nissan have signed a technology pact to produce a car that emits nothing but water by 2017

If you ask automakers what they think is the real future of alternative fuel vehicles, most will say the same thing; hydrogen. Because it is so plentiful and emits only water, cars powered by hydrogen combine quiet and clean EV technology with the ease and convenience of filling something similar conventional combustion engines.

The problem is that this technology is proving increasingly costly to develop, and led Mercedes to delaying deployment of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by another three years, though they have working models on the road now. Hyundai and Toyota have both pledged to start selling hydrogen cars by 2015 or 2016, and Honda will already lease you a FCX Clarity hydrogen car...if you live in California. Toyota and BMW have announced a development deal to produce hydrogen cars, and the Mercedes-Nissan-Ford deal was no doubt in the works for some time too.

The trio of automakers representing arguably the most successful car-making countries will split development costs in the hopes of deploying hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2017. The deal aims to create a hydrogen fuel drivetrain, or "stack" that can be used in three very different vehicles, one sold by each member of the alliance.

The three automakers will share decades of research, as well as try to send a message to politicians and parts makers about what might be called the automotive end-game; clean, affordable, and convenient transportation. But will this alliance finally pan out, or will the goal posts for hydrogen cars move yet again?

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CARS - GM Showers Kansas City With One Of Its Largest Factory Investments Ever

General Motors says it will spend $600 million to upgrade its Fairfax assembly plant near Kansas City, adding new systems and equipment that will make it one of the cleanest and most efficient automotive factories in the world.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/01/28/gm-showers-kansas-c

CARS - Is The First World Hitting Peak Car?


When historians look back on this moment in history, will they see a turning point? It is possible, as new studies seem to confirm what many people have already assumed; the developed world has hit peak car saturation. Since the massive economic meltdown of 2007-08, car sales have shrunk, and continue to shrink, not just in the U.S. but also in Europe. But don't celebrate yet.
U.S. new car registration reached 14.5 million vehicles in 2012, which is a big comeback from post-recession years, but still a far cry from the more than 16 million vehicles sold in 2007. But more importantly, a new study shows that Americans are also driving less, and unlike auto sales, the number of culmative miles driven seems to be dropping.
As this chart indicates, Americans drove three times more in 2007 than they did in 1975, racking up more than 3 trillion total miles driven. But after 2007, total miles driven has dropped by more than a 100 billion miles in the U.S., and seems like it may continue to go down. Americans are getting around by other means.
In Europe, the story is much the same; new car registrations are estimated to be around 12.5 million vehicles, and could drop to as low as 11 million cars in 2013. This is the sixth-straight year in which new car sales slowed, as increasing fuel costs and ample public transit options convince Europeans to walk, bike, and take the tube as frequently as possible.
But then there is China, India, and the rest of Southeast Asia. In China alone, there were 19.3 million new car sales despite what can only be described as the ninth level of Traffic Hell and air so thick with pollution that Beijing advises residents not to go outside. And yet car sales in China are still projected to go up another 10% in 2013. There are still plenty of aspirational human beings who need, and want, motorized transportation.
Yet in the Europe and U.S. at least, cars seem to have reached peak popularity. What does this mean for automakers? A lot of things. Suffice to say, this may be a very important point on history...or perhaps just another blip on the graph.
Source: Quartz | Picture: dcmaster
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U.S. auto sales vroom 13% in 2012 as the industry enjoys its best performance in five years


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/u-s-auto-sales-vroom-13-2012-industry-enjoys-best-performance-years-article-1.1232270


Is the threat of “peak car” turning makers of cars into “enablers of mobility”?


2012 European car sales lowest since 1995


10 Day, 60 Mile Long Traffic Jam In China
http://gas2.org/2010/08/24/10-day-60-mile-long-traffic-jam-in-china/

CARS - Most Anticipated Cars of 2013

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/emeh45gjfd/2013-ford-fusion

CARS - Sponsored post: Big data drives high performance for Cars.com

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CARS - Why Elon Musk Wants To Help Boeing Fix The Dreamliner

As CEO of space transport company SpaceX, Elon Musk must count aerospace giant Boeing among his biggest competitors. But that hasn't stopped the billionaire entrepreneur from reaching out a hand to his rival in a time of need.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2013/01/29/why-elon-musk-wants-

CARS - Why Safe Drivers Arent Always Charged The Lowest Car Insurance Rates

This is almost like dispelling an urban myth, only it's about car insurance. Specifically, it's the notion that "safe" drivers - those having unblemished driving records - always pay lower premiums than accident-prone motorists.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2013/01/28/why-safe-drivers-a

CARS - Worlds Most Popular Cars in 2012

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eddk45feikg/ford-focus

EVs - 2013 Ford Focus Electric Gets Huge Price Cut

Ford is reducing the cost of leasing and buying the Ford Focus Electric to move more units after a relatively disappointing year in 2012.

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/2013-ford-focus-electric-gets-huge-pric

EVs - Carlos Ghosn Discusses Electric Car Revolution

This interview with Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn goes over the current state of the electric car market, and where Mr. Ghosn sees it going next.
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/carlos-ghosn-discusses-electric-car-rev

EVs - Current EV Information - Crowdsourced (Add Information If You've Got It!)

Ford Focus ElectricDuring the electric vehicle (EV) hangout I was on last week, one of the participants asked about information on currently available EVs. Of course, I was happy to be able to send him over to our "EV Facts" page. However, that page isn't jam-packed with info, and it was in need of a little updating*. So, the participant, Jeffrey Rust, had an idea: why not create a spreadsheet of info on current EVs, and then open it up to pu ...
ford focus electric options

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/29/ev-information

EVs - Daimler, Ford, Nissan aim to develop affordable fuel cell vehicles by 2017

The new alliance pledges to work together to develop a common fuel cell stack and other items that will lead to volume production of fuel cells, cost savings through economy of scale, and make an affordable fuel cell vehicle a reality.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/daimler-ford-nissan-aim-develop-afforda

EVs - Ford Focus Electric Cost Cut, But Still Not Competitive

When the Nissan Leaf received a surprise price cut of $6,400 earlier in the month, it was a shot across the bow to automakers everywhere. With the world's most-popular mass market electric car now far more affordable, Ford apparently felt the need to launch its own round of incentives to stimulate EV sales. Now consumers can save more than $10,000 by leasing a Ford Focus Electric, while cash buyers will see their price drop by $2,000.

These incentives mean that you can now lease a Ford Focus Electric for as little as $285 a month with just $930 due at signing on a 36-month lease. When it first went on sale, leasing a Ford Focus Electric would set you back about $435 a month. By our calculations, that is only a savings of $5,400 over the lease terms so...maybe someone help us with the math here? Ford also says this includes the full $7,500 tax credit, but the math still isn't making sense.

Some dealerships have even offered lease deals of $199 on the Focus Electric in an effort to boost sales. However, Ford has only managed to sell 685 Focus Electric vehicles in 2012, out of more than 1,600 that they built. In other words, Ford needs to move some metal.

For cash buyers, Ford is offering $2,000 off the MSRP which, when combined with the $7,500 Federa Tax Credit brings the price down to $30,495, still substantially more than the cheapest Leaf model. If Ford wants to stay competitive, they'll have to do better than that to get the word out; $285 a month still isn't that great of a deal, as much as it pains us to say so. Perhaps Ford can figure out a way to make the next-gen Focus Electric an even more affordable, and appealing, option.

Source: Green Car Reports

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EVs - Sears installing electric car fast charging stations in Tennessee and Arizona

The electric car fast charging stations, which offer an 80% recharge within 30 minutes, are being deployed to Sears stores in areas with the most electric vehicles and highest store traffic.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/sears-installing-electric-car-fast-char

EVs - The Prius was California's Best-Selling Car in 2012

Not something that many would have believed a decade ago, but hybrids are now truly mainstream and the next frontier lies with plug-in vehicles.

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/prius-was-californias-best-selling-car-

EVs - Video: Tesla Model S Beats Viper At Drag Strip, Sets EV Racing Record

Most electric vehicles are slow, practical affairs designed for a pedestrian life of going from point A to point B in a leisurely, efficient fashion. But not the Tesla Model S, a performance electric sedan that has the same acceleration as many supercars. Don't believe us? Watch this video of a Model S sedan handily defeating a Dodge Viper SRT10 at the drag strip this past weekend.

With 416 horsepower and 443 ft-lbs of torque, the Tesla Model S may not pack quite as much power as the Viper in terms of raw torque. To be clear, this isn't the all-new, 2013 SRT Viper, but an older (though nearly as powerful) Viper model. But the delivery of the power in the Model S is smooth and instant, giving the Tesla a head start off of the line. The Tesla driver never looks back, covering a quarter-mile in 12.37 seconds at 110.84 mph, and going from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

That is with upgraded 21-inch rims and a racing weight of 4,670 pounds (4,870 with a driver). So to recap; a more than two-ton electric car with seating for the whole family and a bevy of luxury features managed to beat a purpose-built sports car in heads-up drag racing. Oh, and the Tesla set a new drag racing world record for production EVs. The National Electric Drag Racing Association held its season-opening race this weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway, where this Tesla set the record, and now we're looking forward to the next NEDRA event even more.

Just imagine what Tesla will do if they follow through on their proposed pure-electric sports car? Viper owners everywhere, beware...and Corvette owners, you're next!

Source: DragTimes

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EVs - Virginia's Governor Proposes Anti-EV Legislation

In some parts of the country, there is a very real and rational discussion about the role electric vehicles will play in transportation, especially when it comes to paying taxes. Without the need to buy gasoline, EVs avoid paying for taxes on the same roads they use. But a proposal by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell would eliminate the gas tax, while levying a $115 a year free on electric and plug-in hybrid drivers. Seriously?

Republican Governor McDonnell claims that the Virginia's low gas tax of 17.5 cents per gallon, which hasn't been raised since 1986, does not bring in enough revenue to cover the cost of maintaining the state's infrastructure. But rather than ask for a higher gas tax, which is arguably the fairest tax of any kind, as how much you pay correlates directly with how much you drive, McDonnell wants to eliminate the gas tax entirely. He would offset this with a higher sales tax, going from 5% to 5.8%.

But what has EV advocates upset is the fact that while regular drivers no longer have to pay a gas tax, the 91,000 EV and hybrid vehicle drivers would be faced with a $100 annual fee, and a $15 registration fee. Diesel fuel will still be taxed at 17.5 cents a gallon to maintain revenue on commercial vehicles. Other states, including Washington, have passed similar fees on EVs and hybrids, but without exempting conventional car drivers from those same taxes.

This plan has been pegged not only as biased, but asinine as well. For one thing, the cost savings are unlikely to be passed on to consumers, as oil companies will simply jack up the price to increase profits. Also, this legislation treats EV and hybrid vehicle owners incredibly unfairly; if the sales tax increase is meant to replace the gas tax, than why would you need to levy a tax against EV or hybrid drivers? Do they not also pay sales tax? The average Virginia driver currently pays around $100 a year in gas taxes, so we don't understand why EV and hybrid drivers are being singled out.

While you may not like to hear it, we're also rather opposed to any legislation that artificially lowers the price of gasoline. Oil is a finite resource, and should be treated as such; lowering the price of gasoline only serves to encourage wastefulness. While you may not agree, the fact is that low gas taxes are a direct contributor to the woeful state of America's infrastructure.

If Bob McDonnell really thinks the gas tax doesn't bring in enough money (and it doesn't) the simple solution is to raise the tax, which hasn't been touched in almost three decades. Get with the times, Bob!

Source: Christian-Science Monitor

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FUELS - Know Your MPG: Air Travel

Cool new service. Read the post, use the service, share:Fuel economy of flights on travel websites? While the idea may seem far-fetched at first, its equivalent on the ground has been around for many years: Governments require it, car manufacturers and dealerships advertise it, and you probably know yours: MPG.Most travelers generally understand that flying is very energy-intensive, but there is little information as to which factors come into ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/29/know-your-mpg-air-travel

TRANSPORT - New Study Finds Link Between LED Billboards and Likelihood of Highway Crashes

Swedish researchers find that drivers look at them more often and for longer times.
http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/new-study-finds-lin

TRANSPORT - Possible link between electronic billboards and highway crashes

Drivers take more and longer glances at electronic billboards than regular signs, indicating a possible link between these digital signs and highway crashes.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130129075612.ht

TRANS PORTATION News January 28th

BYKES - An E-Bike From The Future
If you dream it, you can do it. Do you dream of an ebike with retractable storage right between your legs? Done. Do you dream of a bike with a built in lock on the handle bars? Done. Do you dream of a foldable bike that looks sleek? Done. Do you dream of headlights that double as Bluetooth speakers? Done.Your dream came true when designers took ebike dreaming to a whole new level with the futuristic looking (and functioning) nCycle.nCycle cour .. ...
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BYKES - Cargo Bikes Taking Over Where Ice Cream Trucks Left Off
With a strong bicycle culture starting to emerge around the world, bikes are starting to replace other vehicles for a wide variety of purposes. You can now count ice cream trucks among those. Cargo bikes are the perfect fit for this kind of mobile, small-scale business.In all likelihood, switching from a gas-powered vehicle to a bike cuts down on costs greatly, while allowing easy access to many areas that larger vehicles simply can't get to.O .. ...
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http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/26/cargo-bikes-taking-over-


CARS - 10 Things To Watch For In The 2013 Car Business
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CARS - Here's What It Costs To Sponsor A NASCAR
Adweek produced this sweet infographic which describes how much it costs to sponsor a NASCAR car. The various different logos and decals go for different prices, but companies can spend up to $35 million for the lead package on a single vehicle. Click to enlarge: Please follow Advertising on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story  .. ...
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http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-what-it-costs-to-sponso

CARS - No more blind spots: Researchers design new rearview mirror
(Phys.org)-A new optical prescription for automobile side-view mirrors may eliminate the dreaded "blind spot" in traffic without distorting the perceived distance of cars approaching from behind. As described in a paper published today in the Optical Society's journal Optics Letters, objects viewed in a mirror using the new design appear larger than in traditional side-view mirrors, so it's easier to judge their following distance and speed ...
http://phys.org/news/2013-01-rearview-mirror.htm

CARS - The Best New American Cars
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CARS - Video: On Board The Mazda6 Diesel Race Car
We've talked at length about how awesome the all-new Mazda6 diesel race car is going to be, and finally the day has arrived when we get to see this ride in action. Video after the jump.For those who don't know, the Mazda6 diesel race car uses the same SkyActiv-D 2.2 liter diesel engine that will go into the production car you and I can buy. Of course, the racing version has been tuned and tweaked to provide extreme levels of performance. Still, a ...
http://gas2.org/2013/01/27/video-on-board-the-mazda6-diesel-

CARS - Volkswagen Launches Largest Solar Power Plant
Europe's largest car manufacturer has turned on their largest solar power plant, but it isn't located in Germany - it's in Tennessee. The 9.5 MW solar park covers 33 acres near Chattanooga and generates about 13% of the energy used by the Volkswagen plant during production. When manufacturing is not taking place, the photovoltaic (PV) system will provide all the plant's electricity.This particular plant focuses on building Passats for sale in .. ...
Passat.jpg
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/26/volkswagen-launches-larg

CARS - Will Google Kill The Auto Industry? No, And Here's Why.
Not a chance. But self-driving cars are coming, and it will take collaboration between non-traditional partners from the auto and tech industries to work out all the challenges ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/01/25/will-goog

EVs - Chevy Volt Vehicles Outsell All Plug-In Cars in the U.S, and Here is Why
Chevy Volt sales may be seem slow, but they still outsold the rest of the plug-in cars on the U.S market in 2012. In 2012, they accounted for 45% of all plug-in electric car sales in the United States, at 23,461 units, and when you account for the Volt's European cousin, the Opel Ampera, the picture looks even rosier.The ChevyVolt is sold worldwide, however, most of them are sold in the United States. Outside of the U.S.A, far fewer Volts have be ...
http://gas2.org/2013/01/25/chevy-volt-vehicles-outsell-all-p

EVs - Electric Cars and the Power Grid: How Are They Coming Together?
A recently released study from Pike Research projects annual global sales of electric vehicles will reach 3.8 million by 2020, growing by 40% annually. That growth, is from a very small base: the 23,461 Volts sold last year represented only about a third of a percent of all new passenger cars sold in the United States ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2013/01/28/electri

EVs - Electric Cars and the Power Grid: How Are They Coming Together?
A recently released study from Pike Research projects annual global sales of electric vehicles will reach 3.8 million by 2020, growing by 40% annually. That growth, is from a very small base: the 23,461 Volts sold last year represented only about a third of a percent of all new passenger cars sold in the United States ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2013/01/28/electri

EVs - Ford, Daimler, & Nissan Promise Affordable Electric Fuel Cell Vehicles
Now, here's a first. Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co. are pushing ahead with an unusual three-way agreement to develop affordable fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)for the mass market on three continents. Actually, it's even more expansive than that since Renault is also included under the Nissan-Renault Alliance. The unique collaborative effort is not only designed to take advantage of the economies of scale involved in a .. ...
ford, daimler and nissan-renault partner on fuel cell vehicles
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/28/ford-daimler-and-nissan-

EVs - Fuji Electric updates 25kw CHAdeMO charging station with slimmer looks
Electric car DC Fast Charging stations are generally huge, but Fuji Electric's new 25 kilowatt CHAdeMO DC Fast Charge station is sleek, slim, and ready to plug into ChargePoint's network.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/fuji-electric-updates-25kw-ch

EVs - Nissan Leaf Getting NISMO Version, But Only For Japan
Slow. Boring. Practical. The Nissan Leaf is all of these things, though the true performance potential of this Japanese EV has yet to be tapped. But a rumored NISMO version of the Nissan Leaf could inject some much-needed excitement into the Leaf lineup...but only if you live in Japan.Nissan has already demonstrated what the Leaf's drivetrain is capable of in the rear-drive, lightweight racing version known as the Leaf NISMO Competizone RC. Could ...
http://gas2.org/2013/01/28/nissan-leaf-getting-nismo-version

EVs - Nissan confirms Nismo Leaf, with tweaked aerodynamics, for production in Japan
Nissan Nismo will reportedly make a limited production run of a tweaked Nissan Leaf in Japan, modified for aerodynamic and emotional performance improvements.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/nissan-confirms-nismo-leaf-tw

EVs - Replay: Google On-Air Hangout About Electric Vehicles
As noted last Thursday (before the event), I joined Jeff McIntire-Strasburg and some others last week for an "on-air" discussion of electric vehicles (mostly for folks who don't follow EV news very closely). We also got into some talk about wind power and solar power, naturally. Jeff now has the video of the hangout up on YouTube and posted over on sustainablog, so I'll repost that right here:Here was an early summary of the hangout that Jeff .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/28/replay-google-on-air-han

FUELS - Do Fuel Types Affect Insurance Costs?
In Europe, and especially countries like the UK, where fuel costs $7 or $8 a gallon, diesel vehicles account for more than half of the new car market because of their high fuel economy. But a host of mitigating factors, including the higher insurance costs for diesel vehicles, could stretch the payback time out by years.Insurance companies like UK-based Carole Nash utilize a host of factors, based both on the driver and the vehicle itself, to det ...
http://gas2.org/2013/01/25/do-fuel-types-affect-insurance-co

PUBLIC - Crowdsourcing Your Bus Wait-Time
It's painfully chilly waiting for the bus in Minnesota these days, which makes even minor delays seem like hours. But knowledge is power and knowing that the bus is one, three or ten minutes delayed helps riders cope with the wait. Since most transit users don't have ESP, the Moovit crowdsourcing app delivers just what you need to know via passengers already en route.Moovit dubs itself as "social GPS for public transport" that allows you to ch .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/28/crowdsourcing-your-bus-w

PUBLIC - Cruisin' Cali Via Public Transport
Forget the rental car. If you're looking to transverse California, check out this comprehensive public transport map on how to get from city to city without getting behind the wheel of a car.California circa 1880 via ShutterstockThe California Rail Map shows more then 500 destinations, all reachable on the train or connecting by bus or ferry. And one of these days - so long as the money holds out - high speed rail will be available from San Fr .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/28/cruisin-cali-via-public-

BYKES - An E-Bike From The Future

If you dream it, you can do it. Do you dream of an ebike with retractable storage right between your legs? Done. Do you dream of a bike with a built in lock on the handle bars? Done. Do you dream of a foldable bike that looks sleek? Done. Do you dream of headlights that double as Bluetooth speakers? Done.Your dream came true when designers took ebike dreaming to a whole new level with the futuristic looking (and functioning) nCycle.nCycle cour ...

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/28/an-e-bike-from-the-future-availabl

BYKES - Cargo Bikes Taking Over Where Ice Cream Trucks Left Off

With a strong bicycle culture starting to emerge around the world, bikes are starting to replace other vehicles for a wide variety of purposes. You can now count ice cream trucks among those. Cargo bikes are the perfect fit for this kind of mobile, small-scale business.In all likelihood, switching from a gas-powered vehicle to a bike cuts down on costs greatly, while allowing easy access to many areas that larger vehicles simply can't get to.O ...

20130125-232638.jpg

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/26/cargo-bikes-taking-over-where-ice-

CARS - 10 Things To Watch For In The 2013 Car Business

New cars, new challenges, and new executives who are taking charge in the auto industry.

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mkk45hjjl/can-mercedes-land-on-top

CARS - Here's What It Costs To Sponsor A NASCAR

Adweek produced this sweet infographic which describes how much it costs to sponsor a NASCAR car. The various different logos and decals go for different prices, but companies can spend up to $35 million for the lead package on a single vehicle. Click to enlarge: Please follow Advertising on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story  ...

nascar

http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-what-it-costs-to-sponsor-a-nascar

CARS - No more blind spots: Researchers design new rearview mirror

(Phys.org)-A new optical prescription for automobile side-view mirrors may eliminate the dreaded "blind spot" in traffic without distorting the perceived distance of cars approaching from behind. As described in a paper published today in the Optical Society's journal Optics Letters, objects viewed in a mirror using the new design appear larger than in traditional side-view mirrors, so it's easier to judge their following distance and speed.

http://phys.org/news/2013-01-rearview-mirror.htm

CARS - The Best New American Cars

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CARS - Video: On Board The Mazda6 Diesel Race Car

We've talked at length about how awesome the all-new Mazda6 diesel race car is going to be, and finally the day has arrived when we get to see this ride in action. Video after the jump.

For those who don't know, the Mazda6 diesel race car uses the same SkyActiv-D 2.2 liter diesel engine that will go into the production car you and I can buy. Of course, the racing version has been tuned and tweaked to provide extreme levels of performance. Still, as one of the few automakers willing to take the chance to campaign a diesel race car, and a family sedan at that, we think Mazda deserves big credit.

The diesels are coming...and they're coming faster than you may have realized.

Source: Road & Track

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CARS - Volkswagen Launches Largest Solar Power Plant

Europe's largest car manufacturer has turned on their largest solar power plant, but it isn't located in Germany - it's in Tennessee. The 9.5 MW solar park covers 33 acres near Chattanooga and generates about 13% of the energy used by the Volkswagen plant during production. When manufacturing is not taking place, the photovoltaic (PV) system will provide all the plant's electricity.This particular plant focuses on building Passats for sale in ...

Passat.jpg

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/26/volkswagen-launches-largest-solar-

CARS - Will Google Kill The Auto Industry? No, And Here's Why.

Not a chance. But self-driving cars are coming, and it will take collaboration between non-traditional partners from the auto and tech industries to work out all the challenges.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/01/25/will-google-kill-th

EVs - Chevy Volt Vehicles Outsell All Plug-In Cars in the U.S, and Here is Why

Chevy Volt sales may be seem slow, but they still outsold the rest of the plug-in cars on the U.S market in 2012. In 2012, they accounted for 45% of all plug-in electric car sales in the United States, at 23,461 units, and when you account for the Volt's European cousin, the Opel Ampera, the picture looks even rosier.

The ChevyVolt is sold worldwide, however, most of them are sold in the United States. Outside of the U.S.A, far fewer Volts have been sold. People in countries in which the Volt is not sold will travel often have to the U.S, buy them, and literally ship them to their country themselves. That said, the Volt is for sale in Canada from many Chevy dealerships.

Outside of the U.S, worldwide, only 1,336 were sold, 1,225 of which were sold in Canada. In China and Europe combined, only 111 Volts were sold.

But the Chevy Volt also sold as the Opel and Vauxhall Ampera, so there are three brands selling the same car. Opel is German, and the Vauxhall version is right hand drive for the U.K. GM sold 5,293 Ampera vehicles in 2012. This is still only a quarter of the Chevy Volt sales in the U.S, but still 48 times more than the 111 Volt sales in China and Europe.

Combined, worldwide sales of the Volt and Ampera were 30,090 which, while still short of GM's 40,000 unit goal, is surprisingly strong given the endless criticism of GM's plug-in hybrid. Based on the pattern of Volt sales in 2012, there is likely to be a substantial increase this year, and another in the future as a price drop is expected.

Source: Green Car Reports

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EVs - Electric Cars and the Power Grid: How Are They Coming Together?

A recently released study from Pike Research projects annual global sales of electric vehicles will reach 3.8 million by 2020, growing by 40% annually. That growth, is from a very small base: the 23,461 Volts sold last year represented only about a third of a percent of all new passenger cars sold in the United States.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2013/01/28/electric-cars-and

EVs - Electric Cars and the Power Grid: How Are They Coming Together?

A recently released study from Pike Research projects annual global sales of electric vehicles will reach 3.8 million by 2020, growing by 40% annually. That growth, is from a very small base: the 23,461 Volts sold last year represented only about a third of a percent of all new passenger cars sold in the United States.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2013/01/28/electric-cars-and

EVs - Ford, Daimler, Nissan Promise Affordable Electric Fuel Cell Vehicles

Now, here's a first. Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co. are pushing ahead with an unusual three-way agreement to develop affordable fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)for the mass market on three continents. Actually, it's even more expansive than that since Renault is also included under the Nissan-Renault Alliance. The unique collaborative effort is not only designed to take advantage of the economies of scale involved in a ...
ford, daimler and nissan-renault partner on fuel cell vehicles

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/28/ford-daimler-and-nissan-partner-on

EVs - Fuji Electric updates 25kw CHAdeMO charging station with slimmer looks

Electric car DC Fast Charging stations are generally huge, but Fuji Electric's new 25 kilowatt CHAdeMO DC Fast Charge station is sleek, slim, and ready to plug into ChargePoint's network.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/fuji-electric-updates-25kw-chademo-char

EVs - Nissan Leaf Getting NISMO Version, But Only For Japan


Slow. Boring. Practical. The Nissan Leaf is all of these things, though the true performance potential of this Japanese EV has yet to be tapped. But a rumored NISMO version of the Nissan Leaf could inject some much-needed excitement into the Leaf lineup...but only if you live in Japan.
Nissan has already demonstrated what the Leaf's drivetrain is capable of in the rear-drive, lightweight racing version known as the Leaf NISMO Competizone RC. Could this track-only racer serve as inspiration for a production Leaf NISMO model? Perhaps, though we won't hold our breath for a sub-3000 lbs rear-drive version of the Leaf...yet
But NISMO will work its magic in other ways, including an aerodynamic body kit inspired by the race car, new alloy wheels, and some interior improvements to set it apart from the crowd. Alas, actual performance will remain unchanged, which is a real shame; there are probably people who would dish out a few extra bucks for some extra power out of their Leaf.
As Tesla has demonstrated, the market for sporty EVs is out there. As a Japanese-market product though, the Nissan Leaf NISMO won't be coming to America or Europe anytime soon. That said, the huge price cut on the Nissan Leaf will free up a lot of money for DIY-types to make their own modifications.
For now though, Nissan seems intent on plucking the low-hanging fruit of performance looks, rather than power. Maybe one day though we'll get the Nissan Leaf sports car we all deserve.
Source: AutoCar
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EVs - Nissan confirms Nismo Leaf, with tweaked aerodynamics, for production in Japan

Nissan Nismo will reportedly make a limited production run of a tweaked Nissan Leaf in Japan, modified for aerodynamic and emotional performance improvements.
http://www.torquenews.com/1075/nissan-confirms-nismo-leaf-tweaked-aero

EVs - Replay: Google On-Air Hangout About Electric Vehicles

As noted last Thursday (before the event), I joined Jeff McIntire-Strasburg and some others last week for an "on-air" discussion of electric vehicles (mostly for folks who don't follow EV news very closely). We also got into some talk about wind power and solar power, naturally. Jeff now has the video of the hangout up on YouTube and posted over on sustainablog, so I'll repost that right here:Here was an early summary of the hangout that Jeff ...

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/28/replay-google-on-air-hangout-about

FUELS - Do Fuel Types Affect Insurance Costs?

In Europe, and especially countries like the UK, where fuel costs $7 or $8 a gallon, diesel vehicles account for more than half of the new car market because of their high fuel economy. But a host of mitigating factors, including the higher insurance costs for diesel vehicles, could stretch the payback time out by years.

Insurance companies like UK-based Carole Nash utilize a host of factors, based both on the driver and the vehicle itself, to determine the cost of insurance. One of the main factors in determining insurance costs are the price to repair the vehicle in case of damage. This is where diesel car's high initial cost really presents a distinct disadvantage.

Because many diesel versions of popular vehicles like the Ford Fiesta can typically run £1000 to £2000 more, the cost to repair these vehicles is also higher. Hence higher insurance costs, which can mitigate any fuel savings. However, many diesel vehicles have lower emissions, and because the UK taxes, in part, based on emissions, your tax bill could be quite a bit lower. Insurance costs also fluctuate based on vehicle; there may sometimes be very little difference in insurance costs between a diesel and petrol-powered model.

That isn't the only issue holding back the savings on diesel vehicles. In recent years, petrol-powered cars have significantly closed the fuel economy gap, though diesels still hold a distinct advantage in terms of raw mpg. Many diesel engines also require extra fluids, like urea, which reduce emissions but have to be replaced on occasion. For this and other reasons, it can take a decade or more to see actual cash savings when buying a diesel car over an equivalent petrol model.

But if you're the kind of person who does a lot of driving, and hopes to one day convert your car to biodiesel, than a traditional diesel car may still be worth the extra upfront cost. Just don't be surprised if your insurance costs for a diesel are slightly higher than that petrol car you just traded in. If you hold onto that diesel long enough though, it'll start paying you back...eventually.

Source: The Telegraph

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