In non-Detroit news, consulting outfit McKinsey & Co. has released a study indicating that by 2015, up to 16% of new car purchases in New York City will be either battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, which translates into roughly 70,000 EV sales over the next five years. The company also looked at Paris and Shanghai, where the rate is projected to be around 9% and 5%, respectively. (The numbers in China would be higher, but the public remains fairly uninformed about EVs.) The intent of the study was to examine three very different metropolitan areas and gauge the rate of EV adoption -- the theory being that cities produce more CO2 than other areas, so more EVs in those areas will result in greater environmental benefits.
It's interesting to see such relatively high projections for New York City when charging stations remains practically non-existent and battery range for most EVs remains under 100 miles per charge -- typically well under. With battery improvements and the installation of charge points, BEVs and plug-in hybrids might have a fighting chance after all. Who knew?
Though there is perhaps a bigger question: when will hydrogen fuel cell technology take off and render the EV charging infrastructure useless?