The Detroit Auto Show has showcased a slew of EVs this year. When it comes time for automakers to start looking for potential markets for these new vehicles, may I suggest New York City? According to Cleantech Group, New Yorkers will buy 70,000 EVs by 2015.
Consulting firm McKinsey & Co. conducted research that shows EVs will make up 16 percent of new car sales in the city wihin the next five years. Other international markets will buy large chunks as well. In Paris, EVs will make up 9 percent of sales and in Shanghai, 5 percent.
The study cited "governments imposing further restrictions on vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, subsidies and tax benefits for EVs, more consumers desiring green products, model availability, and battery cost structure and technology improvements" as reasons for the boost.
The report predicts plug-in hybrids will make up the bulk of sales, with small electric city cars being popular in New York.
As much as I love a positive report (especially one that predicts a quick adoption of EVs), I will be much more excited if this really happens over the next five years.
via Cleantech Group
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