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The eREV In Your Future

Frost & Sullivan predicts the market segment for extended range electric vehicles (eREV) like the Volt and Cadillac ELR will see rapid acceleration in coming years.

Published: 08-Feb-2013

What do you think of when someone says extended range electric vehicle, or eREV?

The first vehicle mostly like to pop into your head is the Chevy Volt, which comes with an electric motor powertrain with a gas range extender for recharging the battery pack when it poops out instead of turning the car’s wheels like a regular engine would.

Somewhere between a true electric car and plug-in hybrid by design, the market for these types of cars has been fairly nascent to this point. This might be changing soon though, as research firm Frost & Sullivan predicts this green car market segment will see rapid acceleration in coming years.


Illustration of Volta Volare electric hybrid private aircraft.

Four-place aircraft would have electric range of 300 miles with hybrid range up to 1000 miles.

Chevrolet Volt navigates down Lombard Street in San Francisco.

Sales of pure electric cars so far in 2012 are just over 4,100 unites, while sales of Volt top more than 8,800 for same period.

Currently three plug-in hybrids are available: Chevy Volt, Prius PHV, and the Fisker Karma getting plugged in by sexy model.

Nicholas Zart explains the difference between different types of hybrids with the focus on what plug-in hybrids do.


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