Electric Car Sales Soar in 2012

Modern Energy Roundup - January 4, 2013

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted January 4, 2013

Well, the numbers are in.

In 2012, about 53,000 electric cars were sold.

While 53,000 may not sound like a lot, it's about triple the number sold in 2011.

Although electric car naysayers will likely mock the 53,000 sold and ignore the very impressive growth rate in just three years, automakers like Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), GM, Toyota and Nissan continue to plow forward with their electric offerings. And people are buying.

John Voelcker over at Green Car Reports published a great piece on this. You can read it here.

Pakistani Winds

Utilization of wind power can make Pakistan a developed nation and help overcome its energy crisis.

That's what the Nation reported this week after Pakistan's Alternative Energy Development Board approved a plan to produce more than 1.5 gigawatts of wind power over the next two years.

We actually reported last June that Chinese-owned oil and gas company United Energy Group was able to obtain a $5 billion credit facility with China Development Bank Corp to help fund a 500 megawatt wind farm in Pakistan. And last May, the Islamic Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank came to an agreement on financing two other wind projects in Pakistan that are expected to generate about 100 megawatts.

Tehran is Choking

And finally, for those who think all clean air regulations are some kind of evil bag of tricks designed to cripple America's economy and turn us all into communists, I submit the following report published today over at the Raw Story. . .

Schools, universities and government offices in the Iranian capital will be closed on Saturday for the second time in a month because of high air pollution, Tehran governor Morteza Tamadon said Thursday.

Emergency services also advised residents to avoid unnecessary travel in the city, the ISNA news agency reported.

tehranTamadon said a pollution committee took the decision after smog failed to dissipate over the past three days, the Mehr news agency reported.

“Closure is not the solution but it is the best decision, considering the prolonged high level of pollution indicators,” he said, adding that current level of pollution was expected to last another three days.

Only emergency and health services would report for work, he said.

A similar measure was taken on December 3 when air pollution blanketed Tehran, with former health minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi urging residents to leave the city.

On Thursday, vice president for environmental protection Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh told state television that traffic restrictions would also be applied.

Tamadon said all sports activities would also be suspended until early next week.

Blamed mainly on bumper-to-bumper traffic, the pollution is a constant woe for the eight million residents of a city wedged between two mountains which trap fumes over Tehran.

Western sanctions on fuel imports have also forced Iran to rely on domestic production of petrol of a lower grade, and therefore more polluting, than in many other countries.

Efforts by officials to boost public transport, including extending the metro and establishing lanes for buses only, have barely dented the problem because of the growing number of cars, many of which are old and inefficient.