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According to a survey conducted by KPMG, 50% of the automotive executives who participated in the survey believe that battery electric vehicles will be the number 1 automotive trend in 2017.

Electric vehicles are followed by connectivity and digitalization in the survey results.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

This is a big jump for electric cars. back in 2015, in the same survey, battery electric vehicles ranked 9th in automotive trends.

Some other survey findings include:

  • 76 % of the executives see ICE as more important than electric far into the future
  • 62% either absolutely agree (22%) or partly agree (40%) that battery-electric vehicles will fail, mostly due to infrastructure challenges.
In regards to who the auto execs see as electric vehicle leader, BMW ranked #1, with Tesla in the 2 spot.

Oddly, BMW ranked ahead of Tesla in autonomous driving too, which makes the whole survey suspect, at best.

Check out KPMG's full Global Automotive Executive Survey here.