Electric vehicles: California leads the charge – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Across the world, more and more authorities are looking to encourage people to transition from using traditional gas-guzzlers to cleaner modes of transport.

The city of Amsterdam, for example, has more than 1,000 charging stations, with Amsterdam City Council targeting 4,000 by 2018. What’s more, all taxi journeys from the city’s main airport, Schipol, are made in Tesla Model S electric vehicles.

While electric vehicles have a clear benefit to the environment, there are other ways of fueling a car – or any kind of transport – in a sustainable way.

For Arpad Horvath, a professor at the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, biofuels could be part of the solution, though not in the immediate future.

“The existing biofuel production system is unsustainable, the future will have to be based on plant waste or household waste or some other waste materials,” he said. “We’re still figuring out the best way to turn them into biofuels at scale,” he added.


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