What will 2010 bring for plug-in vehicles? It's going to be one of the most exciting years for the technology in a long, long time but it won't be all wine and roses. Clean technology market intelligence firm Pike Research and HybridCars recently partnered up on a list of ten plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle predictions for the new year. They have released a 14-page white paper that people can buy, and have also blogged about a few of the predictions, including:
  1. The cost of owning and driving an electric vehicle is not likely to be cheaper than using gasoline.
  2. 2012 will be a critical year for the commercialization of EVs and plug-in hybrids.
  3. Despite the arrival of plug-in hybrids, the hybrid market will continue to grow by adding a greater variety of subcategories.
  4. The plug-in hybrids of 2020 may not resemble the plug-ins of 2010.
2010 probably won't be a make or break year for plug-in vehicles (there's simply too much money and effort being put into the technology to let it die now. See: hydrogen fuel cells), but we will know a lot more about how much of an impact these vehicles have 12 months by now.

[Source: Pike Research and HybridCars]
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