Tuesday, July 9

ALT-fuel cars hit America's on-ramp

ALT-fuel cars hit America's on-ramp
| By Jason Notte, MSN Money

The number of vehicles in the United States anything other than plain old gasoline powered is still small, but growing steadily.

Meet American drivers, the 4.2%.

The proportion of 14,44 million cars is sold in the year 2012, the either hybrid, pure electric or clean burning diesel engines, had according to HybridCars.com and tree & associates. Yes, it is still less than one in every 20 cars-allowing the excitement about the New York Times' Tesla (TSLA) test drive all the ratselhafter.

But make no mistake - this number increasing with the aid of automakers and Government incentives.

The energy information Administration Department of energy notes that more than 12 million alternative drives on American roads in 2011 were. This includes 10 million ethanol/Flex-fuel vehicles and 2.1 million gas/diesel electric hybrid. The reason is that ALT-fuel fleet, why the United States only 41% of its oil in the first five months of 2013 according to DOE, down from 65% in 2005 introduced. ALT-fuel cars alone not America go to his long-awaited goal of energy independence, but they can bring it closer.

They overall, are 210 million conventional fuel drive vehicles, but grow the EIA expects 15 million at the end of the old fuel quota is still a pittance in comparison. While cars, which is theoretically a E85-ethanol mixture (15% gasoline, 85% ethanol) process can still likely reasons, the majority of these gains, the number of gas electric hybrid cars make up to 2017 with the number of plug-in hybrid and electric cars, also to double plug ins, rise sharply.

In the longer term, the number of hybrids and plug-in, that the United States expected crossing of 23.2% and 17.9%, or until 2040 will increase.

But the current class of the alternatives to the straight gas engines is probably much larger. The EIA sees a future where the vehicles with gasoline, methanol and hydrogen fuel cells which share the street with vehicles, natural gas and propane fuel mixtures. This means that the ranks of the gasoline-powered cars by 2040, with conventional light truck sales stagnated just 0.5%, will increase in the same period.

This is also a future in which the average mileage for a gas-powered car 39 miles per gallon for hulking trucks and 54 mpg for small cars, while hybrids range spans from 52-75 mpg (gas electric) and 61-98 mpg (plugins). For comparison, the most efficient gas-electric hybrid on the road today-- Toyota's (TM) Prius c-managed currently 51 miles per gallon, the EIA the big hybrid SUVs and vans expects in the year 2040.

It is assumed, that US car buyers stop freaking out long enough to buy. Although marketing company Mintel, says old vehicle sales growth more than 70% in the last year and expects hybrid and electric cars Sales alone by 14% in 2013 to increase, buyer fears are even higher sales.

A Mintel survey found that 34% consumers age 25-34 too, that think "it's easy to make the extra money on a hybrid car savings at the pump" despite evidence to the contrary. But "the" live for today "Mentality, which prompted the rise of SUVs has disappeared," said Mintel analyst Colin Bird. "Today, consumers require products that promise protection and durability."When Americans sheer that size and brute-force price, longevity and efficiency of favors, the alternative-fuel vehicles.

The plugs on Ford (F) Fusion Energi, General Motors (GM) Chevy Volt and Prius Plug-in still make nervous consumers, but with 87% 86% fear sure how long your battery will last a fee collected, they won't be able to find a charging station when she leave nervous, that their car to recharge according to Mintel takes long House and 85%.

Most people is still a major problem with ALT-fuel vehicles, even though they have for more than a decade already: Price. Mintel found that the average consumer ready more $2,000 to spend updating of a conventional car to an electric version of the same car. The problem is, that plug-in hybrid and electric cars cost between $10,000 and $20,000 more than their conventional counterparts, and so far the plug in mpg does not offer hybrid enough non-electrical, while the electric cars offer insufficient coverage or quick charge options worthwhile make the switch.

Although enough Americans, market share of less than 0.5% to 4.2% have made the jump to ALT-fuel vehicles in the last decade to the category, the cost of this change proves unaffordable for all but a few car manufacturers. Toyota, considers, for example, still accounted for 67% of the U.S. hybrid market, especially because it can keep a Prius base price under $25,000. Ford, which hybrid share is slightly more than 15%, will begin to get the picture and offers its C-Max and fusion hybrids in the vicinity at the same price.

Federal and national authorities try to Goose has been a sore spot the market stating the buyer against laws and incentives that reduce costs somewhat, but government investments in the automotive industry in recent times. Chrysler has a diesel-powered Jeep Cherokee this year and GM offers a diesel Chevrolet Cruze, some car buyers are still angry about the Government bailout money back a couple of years they received, to keep afloat. Some of Tesla's New York Times was while controversy to the electric car manufacturer electric car of the company bound Government backing, as have, Fisker and Coda, which sputtered come though you actually taken federal funds under the magnifying glass.

It is still being subsidized energy "Independence", if this is a new source of energy? When you consider how much money regardless has raised the Federal Government at the automakers from the energy source that you use, it is perhaps.And if their dynamism to ALT-fuel cars can only get, they deserve their independence from Uncle Sam allowance.

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