18 Mar '12, 6pm

New 2012 Forecasts for Electric Vehicles

New 2012 Forecasts for Electric Vehicles

Old electric vehicle reports are useless: the subject is moving too fast. One year ago, it was widely believed that there were three key enabling technologies for hybrid and pure electric vehicles – batteries, motors and circuitry (electrics, electronics, telematics) – but “the battery is the car” in controlling cost and performance, so success revolves mainly around getting battery costs down and performance up, particularly improving energy density for pure electric vehicles. However, it is now clear that we are not only in the decade of the hybrid in terms of money spent, as analysts predicted, but plug-in hybrids are key and the most aggressive manufacturers will be selling more plug-in than traditional hybrids by the end of the decade. For that to happen, that the price premium must be small or non-existent and the all-electric range be useful rather than a token gest...

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