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Micro-Hybrids to Grow to 39 Million by 2017

In China, micro-hybrids will grow 81 pc a year to 8.9 million by 2017, while in the US, the market will jump from virtually zero to more than 8 million units, forecasts Lux Research.

Published: 02-Feb-2012

Micro-hybrids will grow nearly eight-fold to 39 million vehicles by 2017, creating a $6.9 billion market for energy storage devices, according to a report by US-based Lux Research.

Lux, a research firm specializing in emerging technologies, also predicted that micro-hybrids, which use a small battery to provide varying degrees of efficiency-boosting features, will gain a 42 pc share of the overall light-duty vehicle market by 2017. Mild hybrids, which are less efficient, are set to rise to 1.5 million, which would account for a 1.6 pc share of the global car market in 2017.

Kevin See, a Lux research analyst, said in a press release that hybrids will “provide a cost-effective solution to fuel savings to bridge the gap to more disruptive technologies like alternative fuels, plug-in vehicles, and fuel cell vehicles.”


Microvast's ultra-fast charging station can recharge up to 6 buses in 5-10 minutes.

The 3,200 kW, 2,065 m² charging station at Chongqing International Airport has six (6) 400kW individual chargers; each charger fills the bus battery in 5 to 10 minutes.


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