A new report predicts that the global plug-in vehicle market will quadruple between 2014 and 2020. The 2015 xEV Industry Insider Report by Dr. Menahem Anderman projects the number of battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids to grow from 350,000 in 2014 to 1.4 million in 2020, before growing even faster in the next decade. PHEVs are expected to outpace all-electric cars during that time. On the economic front, lithium-ion EV business is expected to reach $10.7 billion by 2020, up from $4.1 billion in 2014. Read more at Green Car Congress.

Germany will test "eco lanes" for green cars and carpools. The German state of Baden-Württemberg will conduct a six-month study of the so-called Umweltstreifen, which would be available to EVs, cars with multiple occupants as well as any car meeting the Euro 6 emissions standards. The state hopes to measure the effect on air quality and to figure out a way to restrict access to ineligible vehicles. The inclusion of certain conventional vehicles could mean this idea fares better than a failed 2013 proposal to create eco lanes specifically for EVs. Read more at Green Car Reports.

A new time-lapse video shows Bosch adding its autonomous driving technology to a Tesla Model S. Bosch has purchased two identical Model S cars on which to test its own technology. The video gives us some numbers from the procedure: 50 new components, 400 cable ties, 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) of cable and 1,400 man hours of labor. Recently, Bosch released a CGI mock-up video of what a self-driving Tesla could look like. Tesla has announced its own autonomous driving aspirations, which it is building into its current vehicles for use with a later over-the-air update. See the video above, and read more at Transport Evolved.

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