A story on the website hybridcars.com predicts that hybrid vehicles will account for 7.1% of vehicles sold by 2020, while pure EVs will amount to just 2%.
The story, which quotes a study from Tokyo-based Macquarie Securities, says that alternative vehicles will account for 12.0% of total drivetrains. “Our assumption that sales of hybrid electric vehicles will outpace those of pure EVs is more favorable for Toyota and Honda than Nissnan,” noted Clive Wiggins, an analyst for Macquarie.
Toyota has said it will market a plug-in version of its enormously popular Prius in 2012, while Nissan has announced that its battery-powered Leaf EV will debut in 2010.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
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