Electric Car, Drive Thyself: How Autonomous Systems and Plug-in Vehicles Will Converge

June 08, 2015 | State of the Market Report

To date, few automakers are focusing on autonomous electric vehicles – but momentum is building. Automakers are beginning to combine two parallel approaches to automotive innovation, in driver assist and in plug-in vehicles – to make autonomous electric vehicles – but the benefits of doing so remain unclear to many. Our analysis finds that: Self-parking plug-ins are coming soon, reaching 440,000 units in 2020, led by the likes of Tesla and BMW. Autonomous features will enable $1,800 in battery cost savings for long-range EVs, or bring 24 miles of added range. Partial and full autonomy will lead to $2.5 billion more battery sales in 2030.

Coverage Areas

  • Digital Transformation
  • Owning the Energy Transition
  • The Future of Mobility

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Landscape
  • The future of transportation is gradually becoming more autonomous and more electric
  • Tesla case study: Long-range, expensive, pure electric vehicles
  • Autonomy needs low-speed, low-stakes, lightly regulated environments to test increasing assist levels
  • The three key use cases for autonomous plug-insAnalysis: Self-parking and wireless charging
  • To forecast EV self-parking, we model autonomous and electric technology readiness and deployment
  • Drivers can vary dramatically in how efficiently they pilot their vehicles
  • Increased levels of autonomy will likely require extra batteries inside the car for safety and redundancy
  • For inner cities, cars will not just be electric and autonomous, but also different in shape and size

Lead Analysts

Cosmin Laslau, Ph.D.
Director, Research Products
Maryanna Saenko


Kevin See, Ph.D.

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