Every Last Drop: Micro- And Mild Hybrids Drive a Huge Market for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

December 27, 2011 | State of the Market Report

Many new solutions are vying to displace the petroleum-fuel internal combustion engine and win the future of transportation, including alternative fuels such as biofuels, plug-in electric vehicles, and fuel-cell vehicles. However, all face steep obstacles in gaining widespread adoption. For the immediate future, an appealing set of solutions has begun to emerge, and involves integrating batteries and other energy storage solutions to save fuel in ways short of propelling the vehicle itself – micro-hybrids and mild hybrids. These technologies represent a huge market opportunity, as they will be used in 39 million vehicles in 2017 and demand $6.9 billion worth of energy storage devices.

Coverage Areas

  • Energy Storage
  • Owning the Energy Transition
  • The Future of Mobility

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Disruptive technologies are vying for the future of transportation, but incremental solutions remain the best option in the near term.
  • Analysis
    Micro-hybrids will take over the automotive market, while mild hybrids will leverage the excessive build-out of Li-ion capacity to grow.
  • Outlook
  • Endnotes

Lead Analyst

Kevin See, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research


Michael Holman, Ph.D.

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