Mass Adoption of Electric Cars Still a Decade Away

Bosch predicts that by 2015 electric and full hybrid car sales will account for just 500,000 units annually.

Published: 21-Jun-2009

h, the automotive components giant, believes electrically-driven cars will eventually power most of the world’s new cars, but will take more than a decade even to “make a noticeable mark” on the world car market.

The company’s latest estimate is that by 2015 electric and full hybrid car sales will account for just 500,000 units annually, from a car production total around 100 million units.

Improved and downsized turbo petrol and diesel engines, their efficiency boosted by as much as 50 percent over today’s designs, will remain the main motive power for cars for at least 20 years, and probably beyond, Bosch believes.

Speaking at an automotive seminar at the company’s giant Boxberg research centre near Stuttgart, Bosch chairman Dr Bernd Bohr claimed ever stricter efficiency and clean air standards across the world will have “turned a mid-class diesel into an 80mpg car, with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km” well before the electric car begins in earnest.

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