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Electric Vehicle Predictions for 2013

Capital will shift from electric vehicles to battery components in 2013, forcing some EV companies to exit the market or be acquired, according to a new white paper by Pike Research.

Pike says the emphasis will be on components rather than complete battery packs, and chemical conglomerates such as Dow Energy Materials and BASF will continue to invest in anode, cathode, and electrolyte material research and development in 2013. Nano-scale components and activated carbon will become more popular.

Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2013 forecasts that more than 210,000 PEVs will be sold globally in the new year, and consumers will have more choices when it comes to EVs as more than three dozen models will debut. By the end of 2013, about 400,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will be driving on roads around the world, Pike says.

Other predictions include:

Some 3,442 fuel cell vehicles will ship in 2013 (see chart) from vendors including Toyota, Daimler, Hyundai and Honda, Pike Research predicts. The majority of these will be deployed through agreements with fleets and tested in public trials.
Electric bikes will ramp up in 2013, with sales of e-bikes in North America growing by more than 50 percent to more than 158,000 bikes.Mo
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