Car Wash - Spring 2016 - (Page 40)

CONTINENT ALTERNATIVE-FUEL VEHICLES GAIN POPULARITY IN EUROPE BUT LAG IN U.S. BY NICK SOHN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS HAD a reason to cheer in early February, when the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) announced that demand for alternative-fuel vehicles had risen sharply in the European Union in 2015, signaling that consumers were embracing new technology and were factoring their concerns over the environment into their purchasing decisions. According to the association, new registrations of alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) in Europe surged 20 percent in 2015 to just over 500,000, representing 4.2 percent of total new passenger-car registrations. AFVs had an especially strong fourth quarter of 2015, with registrations up 21.1 percent over the fourth quarter in 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2015, there were 164,718 AFVs newly registered in Europe, according to the ACEA. The largest gains came from electric vehicles (EVs), with 58,689 cars registered, up an astounding 160.5 percent over the fourth quarter of 2014. Registrations of new hybrid vehicles also rose 28.8 percent in the quarter to 60,911, while cars powered by 40 CAR WASH MAGAZINE | WWW.CARWASH.ORG | SPRING 2016 http://WWW.CARWASH.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Spring 2016

Letter from the ICA
Meet the Board
By the Numbers
Overheard Online
Keeping it Clean
When in drought
Reducing your environmental footprint
Continental divide
Will sympathetic pricing draw customers?
Women in Car Wash
Make money, work with friends
Should the customer have a say in employee pay?
International Profile
Women in Car Wash
Hear and be heard
OSHA update
ICA Annual Report
Creating exceptional managers
When professional contacts get personal
Ten tips for transforming your teams
Becoming an employer of choice
Show me the money
ICA launches new series of events for car wash professionals
CAR WASH Magazine wins award
Take a Tour
Wash Ideas
Focus on a Member
Blast from the Past
Marketing Minute
Download It!
Ask Champ
Top Tweets
Safety Tip
Mea Culpa
Advertiser Index
5 Things

Car Wash - Spring 2016