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Report identifies 10 trends for EVs in 2014

The research firm says that this year will see automakers introduce several dozen new plug-in electric vehicle models – from small city cars to higher-priced luxury vehicles – while the continued penetration of electric vehicles (EVs) will affect the power grid and revenue streams for automakers, resulting in the emergence of new business models and first-time relationships between new partners.

The paper covers issues including:

  • Likelihood of automakers meeting ZEV mandates in US states
  • What’s in store for Tesla in 2014
  • The growth in electric motorbikes
  • Diversification of automaker revenue streams to include EV-related services
  • Developments in fuel cell vehicles
  • The role of EVs in car sharing schemes
  • Development of commercial wireless EV charging
  • The environmental benefits of EVs
  • Technical developments in EV motors
  • Participation of vehicles in grid services 

‘Since electric vehicles require less maintenance and replacement of parts, which currently provide considerable revenue to dealers and automakers, car companies are looking to diversify their revenue streams,’ said John Gartner, research director with Navigant Research. ‘One of the most promising avenues is partnering with utilities and energy aggregators to incorporate electric vehicles into demand response and other ancillary services.’

The white paper, is available for free download on Navigant Research’s website .

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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