The latest future predictions are in, so let's jump right to the numbers.

Build Your 2020 Volt...In North America, PHEVs Like the Chevy Volt Will Outnumber BEVs, says Navigant Research

Build Your 2020 Volt...In North America, PHEVs Like the Chevy Volt Will Outnumber BEVs, says Navigant Research

According to Navigant Research, conventional hybrid vehicles (those autos without plugs) account for 2% of global light duty vehicle sales today, but are expected to grow to almost 4% by 2020.

Of course, we could care less about those vehicles that lack what should be considered mandatory for all automobiles: a plug.

So, let's move on.

Navigant Research predicts that the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market will grow rapidly as a result of rising fuel prices, declining vehicle prices and increasing availability of plug-in offerings.  The result, says Navigant, is that 3 million PEVs will be sold globally/annually by 2020, which means that PEVs will represent 3% of the global light-duty vehicle market by the end of 2020.

Japan will lead the world in PEV sales, according to Navigant, who predicts that nearly 900,000 plug-ins will be sold on the island nation in 2020.

Here are a few additional highlights from Navigant's report, which Green Car Congress outlines for us below:

  • North America is the only market anticipated to have significantly higher sales of PHEVs than BEVs (a 1.5:1 sales ratio); Western Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America will be almost evenly split between the drivetrains.
  • Asia Pacific is projected to be the largest market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), with 1.6 million PHEV and BEV sales combined in 2020.
Source: Navigant Research via Green Car Congress