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Global Information Is Upbeat About Electric Vehicle Sales for 2013

Global Information has good numbers to report for hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles this year. Find out what this means for you.

Depending on how you read the numbers, or even worse, how you base your estimates, hybrids (HEV), plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and pure electric vehicles (EV) are either doing terribly or very well. As fellow writer John Goreman wrote yesterday, see; Forgetting recent bailouts and the financial crisis automakers expect unlimited growth certain automakers are back at the workplace cool aid fountain painting a rosy picture of sale expectation worthy of the pre-2008 years.

Global Information Upbeat. It is getting harder and harder finding realistic numbers and only a few groups base estimates on actual numbers, not fantasy league games. The recent study highlights the drive towards PHEV, which makes the most sense for people, drive on electricity for your local shopping and let the gasoline engine kick in for the last few miles.

You can find the study here. The report includes work with a few companies working on facilitating the adoption of electric vehicles, such as; Advanced Magnet Laboratory, Aerovironment/ Protonex Technology, Austro Engine, Bladon Jets, BMW, Capstone Turbine Corporation, Clarian Laboratories, Compound Rotary Engines, Daimler AG inc Mercedes Benz , DLR German Aerospace Center, EcoMotors, Ener1, FEV, Flight Design, Getrag, GSE, Intelligent Energy, Lotus Engineering, MAHLE Powertrain, Polaris Industries, Powertrain Technologies, Proton Power Systems plc, Ricardo, Urbee, Volkswagen, and Warsaw University of Technology.

Charging Network Grows. Hopefully you’ve read yesterday news where Plug In America announced it partnered with the Department of Energy (DoE) to expand the Workplace Charging Challenge program aiming to facilitate business owners installing charging stations. You can see it here; Plug In America Helps DoE Charge at Work. The charging infrastructure is where much work will happen this year, and according to the study, this segment will show strong a market growth. As visibility of electric charging networks increases due to investments in the build up of the necessary infrastructure, consumers will feel more confident about purchasing and maintaining these vehicles.

Wireless Power Transmission. One of the most promising and liberating technologies I have been eying is the act of charging wirelessly. You might be used to this by seeing how toothbrush recharge wirelessly, as well as other electronic devices that sit on top of a map and recharge without plugging in. This has tremendous consequences as it unshackles the cord for EV owners. Simply drive over the pad and the vehicle recharges.

As the electric vehicle market matures, the choice for consumers grows and each and everyone’s individual needs are better met. Global Information is making available a well rounded market research on how electric vehicles, hybrids and plug-in hybrids will do in 2013.

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