There is no doubt that Americans are getting ready for electric-vehicles. According to a study released by consulting firm McKinsey & Co., electric-vehicles could account for up to 16 percent of new vehicle sales in New York City by 2015 – a figure that shows that major cities will be the first to get electric-car charging hubs.
If McKinsey’s estimates hold true, New York could see a total of 70,000 electric-vehicles over the next five years.
“Understanding the consumer perspective — both the early adopters and the rest of the market — is critical to achieving the electric-car breakthrough,” said Stefan Knupfer, the boss of McKinsey’s automotive and assembly practice in the Americas. “That’s why we carried out extensive market research in three megacities around the globe.”
Paris is expected to see electric-vehicles representing 9 percent of new-car sales by 2015, while Shanghai should see 5 percent.
– By: Kap Shah
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