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Bloomberg New Energy Finance Forecasts Plug-ins To Account for 9% of US Auto Sales in 2020

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In brief: Bloomberg New Energy Finance has published a white paper detailing how plug-in electric vehicles could make up to 9% of U.S. auto sales in 2020 and 22% in 2030.

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Bloomberg New Energy FinanceThose percentages, 9% and 22%, account for 1.6 and 4 million vehicles respectively. Bloomberg cautions that two keys are required for that growth to happen: aggressive reductions in battery costs and rising gasoline prices.

Both are probable, of course. In the short term, Bloomberg continues, price will be the biggest limitation to plug-in adoption. The median base price of cars sold between July 2009 and June 2010 was $21,800 compared to the MSRPs of the Leaf ($26,280) and Volt ($41,000), which are in the top 2/3 of auto pricing.

BNEF also modeled potential customer bases for plug-ins from 2011 to 2030. The market will be at about 9% of total potential consumers in 2011 and will grow as gasoline prices rise and battery costs drop.

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Last week's JD Power forecast was similar, showing combined battery electric vehicle sales in 2020 at 7.3% of the market.

Photo credits: Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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