Stock Market Authority LLC

May 01, 2012 09:43 ET

How SEFE Inc. (SEFE) Could Fuel New Vehicles from Ford Motor Co. (F), General Motors Co. (GM) and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (NSANY)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - A pronounced trend has developed in recent years, leading automakers away from fossil fuel vehicles and toward electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars that employ "green" battery technologies. Demand for alternative energy sources which can power a vehicle are on the rise, and automakers are constantly researching new technologies to find viable sources. Can SEFE electric fill that gap and become a next-generation source for the transportation markets?

Hybrid sales could hit an estimated 4.5 million cars as early as 2013. There's been a surge of electric and hybrid cars from about 70-plus automakers - starting with high-end Mercedes S400 HYBRID sedan all the way down to obscure Chinese manufacturers such as Hafei and Coda. Every one of these automakers is spending considerable amounts on R&D to demonstrate that zero-carbon transportation is a likely alternative that can augment sales.

General Motors Co. (GM) is hoping to sell 65,000 of its plug-in Chevrolet Volts in 2012. The Ford (F) fleet will include at least five battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars by the end of 2012, most notably the Ford Focus Electric and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. And based on the popularity of the LEAF, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (NSANY) is planning to open a 150,000 electric car plant in Tennessee in 2013.

But behind the scenes, the question remains what new stresses these additional vehicles will put on the electricity grid. "Smart-grid" technologies, which manage the load based on peak and off-peak usage, can help. The reality is, however, that about 70% of the electricity that is generated in the U.S. still comes from burning fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal - which, of course, means that CO2 is still being produced in the process.

To bring about a clean energy revolution, it's going to require increased reliance on renewables - which is where SEFE comes in. With zero carbon emissions, and a price that's expected to come in at around $0.03/kWh, SEFE could easily join wind and solar as the alternative energy sources of choice - expanding our nation's portfolio of "true" clean energy types well beyond the current 3% in the process. In some areas of the world, that's already being accomplished: For example, 21 percent of all electricity in Germany is produced from renewable sources.

Several recent studies have concluded that in order for electric vehicles to reduce the levels of greenhouse gas emissions, new sources of sustainable electricity will need to be discovered and developed. For electric cars and hybrids to be as clean as possible, SEFE's atmospheric energy technology could be precisely what the market ordered.

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