One of the major trends in the last decade has been the increasing hybridization in the vehicle population. The degree of hybridization varies from mild to strong including those capable of limited, all electric range. Some experts predict that hybridization will spread to 100% of vehicles in the next decade. In addition, the recent introduction of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles has added a significant new dimension to the hybridization scene. This talk will focus on the global trends in hybrid sales, including plug-in hybrids, and will try to identify the various mechanisms, whether legislation or incentives, which are driving this increase in sales. Data will be gathered from various countries in the world including China, Europe, Japan and the United States. The potential for different mechanisms in play in the developed world compared to the developing world will be examined. Finally, an examination will be made of the role of financial incentives compared to fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards, in driving the increase in hybrid sales. Additionally, the tracking of hybrid sales and fuel prices in the US will be presented.
PresenterAlan C. Lloyd, Intl. Council on Clean Transportation