Navigant Research: By 2017, Less Than 50% Of New Cars Sold Worldwide Will Come With Conventional Gas Engines


Goodbye Gas Pumps

Goodbye Gas Pumps

While there’s no specific focus on electric cars in this forward-looking report released by Navigant Research, the overall findings suggest that conventional gas cars are on the way out, which leads us to believe that plug-in hybrids and BEVs will take over.

Conventional Gasoline Models are Expected to Represent Less Than Half of Vehicles Sold Worldwide by 2017

Stop-start capability anticipated to be the most important innovation in improving fuel efficiency, report concludes

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the emerging global market for technologies that improve fuel economy, including global market forecasts for light-duty vehicle sales, segmented by powertrain, region, and number of cylinders, through 2025.

Multiple factors, including increasingly strict global standards to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, are driving manufacturers to produce more efficient vehicles. Although the use of alternative fuels and electric power is expected to continue growing, gasoline is anticipated to remain the leading fuel in the coming years, albeit in unconventional vehicles that employ a range of fuel-efficiency technologies, such as smaller engines and turbocharging. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, conventional gasoline-powered vehicles are expected to make up less than half of new vehicles sold worldwide by 2017.

“There is no single technology that will dominate fuel efficiency improvements over the forecast period through 2025,” says David Alexander, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “The focus, instead, will be on incremental improvements in engines and transmissions, along with weight reduction in as many places as possible.”

Perhaps the most important innovation, according to the report, is the wide adoption of stop-start vehicles (SSVs), which eliminate idling when the vehicle is stopped and restart the engine when the driver moves from brake to accelerator. Over time, the SSV is likely to add functionality to become more of a mild hybrid, with the ability to capture and reuse kinetic energy without the expense of a large battery. Navigant Research expects sales of gasoline and diesel SSVs to reach 63 million annually by 2025, representing 58 percent of all vehicles sold in that year.

The report, “Automotive Fuel Efficiency Technologies,” analyzes the emerging global market for technologies that improve fuel economy. It examines the consumer demand and regulatory background related to engine technology and lightweight materials for increasing fuel efficiency in vehicles. Global market forecasts for LDV sales, segmented by powertrain, region, and number of cylinders, extend through 2025. Additional forecasts by region are provided for the volumes and associated revenue of key fuel efficiency systems and materials. The report also examines the approach of the leading vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and industry players and evaluates how the market for lighter and more efficient vehicle technologies will evolve. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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13 Comments on "Navigant Research: By 2017, Less Than 50% Of New Cars Sold Worldwide Will Come With Conventional Gas Engines"

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Wow, and i was called too optimistic when i said Evs sales will double every year worldwide…

The title is misleading. Due to their definition a car with some fuel saving technology is already not a conventional cumbustion engine.

They could also be referring to non-plug hybrids when saying that. I wouldn’t, but they could be. Even then, I’d still call that optimistic (bordering on dreaming).

Oh, please… 🙂

That is off the charts nutty.


They’re talking about stop-start capable engines, not non-gas engines

Even beyond that I believe they consider “smaller engines and turbocharging” as non-conventional gasoline vehicles.

That is correct

I’d love for that to be true but that is just wildly overoptimistic.

If true it would mark the end of the green sticker program in California.

I think all EV’s should be allowed the privileges of the hov stickers without having to put them on the car.

So how would you propose to keep the non-EV versions of the Ford Focus, Honda Fit, Chevy Spark, Ford Fusion, etc. out of the HOV lane?

You can’t exactly expect cops to eyeball the difference between a Focus and a Focus EV, and having them just pull over any car that they think “does not look like an EV” is far worse than the status quo.

Surprise, surprise; another completely misleading title. Is InsideEVs in some sort of competition with FOX and MSNBC to be the most biased “news” source in America? If so, keep up the great work!