Market research firm Strategy Analytics predicts that in the coming years, automakers will no longer be able to meet emissions standards without shifting more efforts towards plug-in vehicles.

When It's This Bad, Something Has to be Done, Even if it's by Government Forcing Change.

When It's This Bad, Something Has to be Done, Even if it's by Government Forcing Change.

If true, then the mandates of emissions will be successful in driving up sales of plug ins.

As Strategy Analytics says, automakers can only squeeze so much out of ICE.  What can be squeezed out will fail to keep pace with tightening emissions standards.  Electrification will therefore be necessary.

Strategy Analytics predicts that electrification will be more of the mild hybrid type than of the plug-in variety, but we're not so sure we agree with that assumption.

Why develop mild hybrids if ever-tightening emissions standards will eventually force automakers to go the plug-in route?

At this point in time, automakers without mild hybrids in their existing lineups will likely skip that minor electrification step and instead dive into plug-ins.  It just make no sense to us to go mild hybrid now, as that technology is already behind the times.

Oh, Strategy Analytics adds that diesel is likely to slowly vanish from passenger vehicles, too.

Bring on the plug-ins.

Source: Web Pro News