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AddLi-ion battery prices still headed way, way down, to $180/kWh by 2020

"Tonight, we're gonna party like it's 2020" doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but if Navigant Research is correct, electric-vehicle advocates will have reasons to be celebratory, whether Prince is playing or not. The research company formerly known as Pike is saying that lithium-ion battery costs may fall by almost two-thirds by the end of the decade, making EVs pretty price-competitive with comparable gas-powered cars and shortening any plug-in premium payoff period, according to Plug In

AddGlobal annual plug-in sales will reach 3 million by 2020

Every single plug-in vehicle sold today represents about 15 by the end of the decade. That's essentially the calculation that Navigant Research (formerly Pike Research) has made, using all the prediction tools at its disposal. In short, Navigant says global annual plug-in vehicles will reach 3 million units by 2020 and will account for about three percent of all light-duty vehicle sales at that time.

AddEuropean EV sales will jump fivefold by decade's end

To paraphrase the old Elvis Presley tagline, more than 800,000 Europeans can't be wrong. That's the conclusion of Pike Research, which estimates that sales of electric vehicles in Europe will jump more than fivefold between now and the end of the decade.

AddNatural-gas truck sales will advance about 15 percent a year through 2019

Driven by fleet and long-distance truck operators who want to save money in the face of climbing gasoline prices, global natural-gas truck sales will likely increase about 15 percent a year for the next six years, Pike Research predicts.

AddEV equipment sales will jump more than tenfold by decade's end

Electric-vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) may provide the juice for new plug-in vehicles, but it's the other way around when it comes to sales with then relatively nascent EVSE market, according to a recent Pike Research report.

Add10 predictions for 2013 alt-fuel vehicles: more, better, more

Like resolutions and watered down drinks, the coming of the New Year is the time for industry predictions, and tech-research firm Pike Research didn't disappoint when it comes to what it says is in store for the electric-drive vehicle market for 2013.

AddConsumer interest in electric vehicles waning a bit, Pike finds

Fascination with plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) has been softening for in the US in the past year, Pike Research found after once again surveying consumers about their interest level and concerns about the practicality of making such as purchase.

AddLithium-ion battery costs to fall by a third by 2017 as demand jumps

The cost for lithium-ion batteries used in electric-drive vehicles will fall by about a third between now and 2017 as battery-production technology improves, lithium supply increases and battery packs are sold in higher volumes, green-technology research firm Pike Research said in a report released this week.

AddGlobal hybrid and plug-in truck sales will almost double this year

Global hybrid and plug-in truck sales will almost double this year as more companies and public entities turn to advanced powertrains to cut fuel costs, green-technology research firm Pike Research said.

AddU.S. plug-in vehicle interest driven down by high pricetags

Americans showing interest in buying an electric-drive vehicle has fallen about 17 percent during the past two years, as car buyers say the continued premium charged for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles doesn't offset the effect of lower refueling costs, according to green-technology research firm Pike Research.

Add90,000 vehicle-to-grid vehicles on the road by 2017

V2G – vehicle-to-grid technology – could be a hugely important step in the upcoming shift from a transportation industry dominated by petroleum to one dominated by things that are not petroleum. V2G is the technology behind the idea of a "cashback car," for example, but it's still a long way from being available. Sure, there are test programs in effect, but does your home have a smart meter today. Neither does ours.

AddAsia-Pacific region to get majority of DC quick-charge stations

DC quick-charge stations are robust units that promise to recharge plug-in vehicles from zero to 80-percent capacity in less than 30 minutes. While not required for EVs to work, these units make the concept of cross-country-capable electric vehicles believable and long distance electric-only journeys doable.

AddChevy Volt cheaper to drive than Toyota Prius Plug-in, unless you're going more than 70 miles

Now that full specs for the production version of the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in have been officially revealed, Pike Research has sufficient data to compare its operating costs to those of the Chevrolet Volt. Looking at the research firm's chart, as simple as it is, shows us that drivers need to think of that point of intersection that happens at around 70 miles. Of course, Pike's chart illustrates only one scenario where gas costs $3.50 a gallon and electricity is 11 cents per kilowatt-hour. Any

AddChina gears up to sell lots of electric vehicles, the most in Asia

Across the entire Asia-Pacific region, it's China where Pike Research forecasts most plug-in vehicles will eventually be sold.

AddBiofuels market value to double to $185.3 billion in ten years

Will there be enough feedstock to support a massive biofuel boom? It sure seems possible, 'cause Pike Research predicts that the value of the biofuels industry could double in the next ten years, depending on the emergence of advanced feedstocks.

AddPike Research says annual sales of plug-in vehicles in U.S. will hit 358,959 by 2017

Pike Research has put out an estimate saying that annual sales of plug-in vehicles in the United States will hit 358,959 by 2017. And they're not all going to the usual suspects. Mostly, sure, but not all.

AddPike Research predicts 68% jump in global CNG vehicle sales by 2016

Annual worldwide sales of natural gas vehicles will jump 68 percent to 3.2 million vehicles in 2016 from 1.9 million in 2010, according to Pike Research. The surge, says Pike, will be driven mainly by fleets looking to cut petroleum dependency and reduce operating costs.

AddSales of big electrified trucks to exceed 100,000 a year by 2017

As the global economy takes steps toward recovery, truck manufacturers are looking to technologies that can mitigate the rising cost of diesel fuel. Trucks that utilize electricity to meet this goal come in four flavors: hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid, pure battery electric, and plug-in electric power take-off to operate on-board equipment without using fuel.

AddPike predicts we'll have 7.7 milion charging stations worldwide by 2017

Pike Research keeps on pouring out reports, including its latest one, titled "Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment." This report from Pike forecasts that by the end of 2017, more than 7.7 million charging stations will have been installed around the globe, including 1.5 million right here in the United States. And no, this figure does not include those practically useless 120-volt outlets placed near parking spots.

AddPike says cumulative plug-in vehicles sales will hit 5.2 million by 2017

It's true that crystal balls that accurately forecast the future of plug-in vehicles don't exist, but for $2,800 you can buy a copy of a report that concludes with this bit of info: worldwide cumulative plug-in vehicle sales will reach 5.2 million units by 2017.

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