Electric vehicles (EVs) were likely to exceed two-million units globally by 2020, as deteriorating air quality levels in highly industrialised nations force governments to introduce radical measures to limit emissions, consulting firm Frost & Sullivan said on Thursday.
However, its â€˜Strategic Analysis of Emission Control Programs in Key Markets Towards 2020â€™ report found that, while alternative propulsion vehicles continued to make inroads in several countries, internal combustion engine vehicles would still constitute close to 95% of total production by 2020.
Transmission technologies, such as dual-clutch transmissions and high-speed automatics, would increasingly gain acceptance in large and small vehicle segments aimed at reducing friction and boosting fuel efficiency, the report stated.
â€œIn North America, higher pressure gasoline direct injection systems, spray guided injection, advanced electric assisted solutions and waste gate turbo technologies will be key areas of focus.
â€œEuropean countries will enforce stronger regulations for nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions in diesel vehicles,â€ said Frost & Sullivan automotive and transportation senior research analyst Sudeep Kaippalli.
Unfortunately, not enough was being done to increase consumer acceptance of low-emission technologies. In regions such as China and the UK, where radical emission control measures were being introduced, factors that created buyer acceptance â€“ charging infrastructure and selling price incentives â€“ would need to be spruced up to attract customers.
â€œExpanding the network of fast-charging stations through public or proprietary models will be crucial to eliminate range anxiety and encourage the purchase of alternatively propelled vehicles.
â€œSuch efforts will widen the scope of the EV service equipment industry in the short to medium term and play a significant role in improving global emission control,â€ explained Kaippalli.