Battelle wins $6M in contracts to advance carbon management and shale development
New high-performance tin-carbon nanocomposites for Li-ion anodes

Pike Research updates xEV forecasts; projects Ford to lead US PEV market, followed by GM

Pike Research has published an update to its earlier forecasts on xEVs: hybrid (HEVs); plug-in hybrid (PHEVs); and battery electric vehicles (BEVs). As a result of new assumptions, Pike Research has slightly reduced its forecasts for plug-in vehicles (PEVs: PHEVs and BEVs combined) from past forecasts.

This reduction was driven largely by the slow growth of BEVs in the United States (the largest market for PEVs) in 2012 and the postponement of some vehicle launches, the research firm noted. However, Pike still anticipates 39% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) between 2012 and 2020. In contrast, the CAGRs for HEVs and the total vehicle market are estimated at 6% and 2%, respectively. Highlights of the forecast include:

  • HEVs will be the largest segment of xEVs through the period to 2020, with anticipated sales reaching 2.1 million in 2020, or 2.1% or the total vehicle market (compared to 1.8% for PEVs). Pike expects Japan, the United States, and China to be the largest markets, with Japan accounting for between 45% and 50% of the global HEV market.

  • Globally, the cumulative number of BEVs on the road will reach 4.4 million vehicles by 2020, while PHEVs will see significantly fewer with 3.4 million vehicles on the road. However, in North America and Latin America, the longer driving range of PHEVs and lower petroleum fuel prices will result in higher numbers of PHEVs than BEVs on the roads in those regions.

  • In other regions, the high cost of fuels, large number of BEVs available, and dense urban areas with shorter driving distance requirements are anticipated to contribute to higher sales of BEVs than PHEVs.

  • Ford will lead the US PEV market by 2016 based on the strength of its Energi products, reaching 23% market share by 2020. General Motors will follow with 20% share.

  • Volkswagen will ultimately take the lead position in the German PEV market with market share of 25% by 2020, followed by BMW with 15%. Renault, the current market leader, is expected to see steady albeit slower growth, garnering 12% share in 2020.

Some of the assumptions underlying the forecasts include:

  • Vehicle Availability. Strong growth will occur in the number of models throughout Asia Pacific, North America, and Western Europe. Other regions will see modest growth later in the decade.

  • Asia Pacific Economic Growth. Asia Pacific is anticipated to see stable and steady growth. The recent slowdown in China is anticipated to be short-lived; robust growth will return as other regions’ economies rebound.

  • North America Economics. The slow economic rebound in the United States and Canada is expected to stumble along through 2014, after which growth will increase to a more robust level (~4% growth).

  • Western European Economics. The economic malaise in Greece, Italy, Spain, France, and other Western European countries is expected to largely end by 2014, with robust growth occurring by mid-decade. The euro currency is expected to remain intact (without major countries leaving the European Union).

  • Petroleum Fuel Prices. Based on past petroleum fuel pricing, diesel prices are forecast to grow at about 4.5% annually across the world; gasoline is expected to grow at 5.7% annually.

  • Government Incentives. The forecasts assume current PEV and HEV incentives remain in place throughout the forecast period or price decreases compensate for reduced incentives.



What does Pike know about the sincerity with which the car companies will pursue this market? For instance, if the car companies really wanted this market wouldn't they price the vehicles in the range that will make sense to consumers rather than go out of they way like they do to gouge the "greenies"?

I am sure it's pretty scary for the upper and mid-level execs at the cars companies, since now when your supposedly moving into a new technology you actually have to have some technical skill, and for most of these guys, it was their ability to kiss certain body parts that allowed their success. Nevertheless, someone in these good old people organizations (yes, i mean woman execs in the car companies are morons too) needs to grow a brain and a spin and learn to accomplish again.


Some kid has gotten your password and is posting foolish messages.


TT....the Canadian Conservative Party used the same illegal tactics (with the help of computer programmed calls) to effectively block votes from non-Conservative electors last year. That may be the main reason why they have a majority government. On-going investigations may nullify election results in about 20 to 25 counties forcing partial elections in those areas. That could put an end to the current majority government, if results are not tabled.

Shooting at the messenger or opposition is often a short lived victory.

Roger Pham

PHEV and HEV's are not at all overpriced, if you will consider the significant savings in fuel cost and repair cost down the line, that will result in savings of many times over the price premium of those hybrids. If one buys car with borrowed money, then the combined monthly car payment + fuel cost + maintenance and repair cost of an HEV or a PHEV vs that of an ICEV would be comparable during the payment period. When all payments are done, then major savings will occur from fuel cost saving and repair & maintenance savings.

It does not take a keep pocket to own a PHEV or an HEV, it just take a pocket calculator to figure it through.


What ARE you 2 guys talking about?
(not you Roger)

"if the car companies really wanted this market wouldn't they price the vehicles in the range that will make sense to consumers rather than go out of they way like they do to gouge the "greenies"?"

They price them based on their non-recurring and recurring costs, the profit required to replace/buy new capitol equipment, fund R & D and provide return on stockholder investment.

The price range that will make sense to consumers determines WHAT cars they make and how much value they put into them; apparently making PEVs: PHEVs and BEVs will not meet this criteria (make the price range).

The same kid is apparently posted for HD;
"Canadian Conservative Party used the same illegal tactics ... Shooting at the messenger or opposition is often a short lived victory. "

I assume he means shooting the messenger/opposition is illegal in Canada (as it should be, IMHO).

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)