Efficient ICEs Will Remain Top Priority for a Few More Years

54.5 mpg

Green cars had a lot of pro­mo­tion before and dur­ing the North Amer­i­can Inter­na­tional Auto Show in Detroit, but there were only a hand­ful of new all-electric or hybrid cars being shown. Con­ven­tional inter­nal com­bus­tion engine vehi­cles appear to remains as the indus­try stan­dard for the near future. A KMPG study found that while elec­tric vehi­cle sales increased last year, it will take until at least 2025 for these pow­er­trains to account for about 15% of total global new vehi­cle sales. That’s the time when US fuel econ­omy stan­dards will reach an aver­age of 54.5 miles per gal­lon for automakers.

In the mean­time, automak­ers are focus­ing on mov­ing ahead with tech­nolo­gies such as Mazda’s “Sky­Ac­tiv” tak­ing out excess weight from vehi­cle frames, engines and transaxles to squeeze more mileage out of gasoline-powered cars with­out sac­ri­fic­ing per­for­mance. Ford’s Eco­Boost engines are down­siz­ing and tur­bocharg­ing its engine offer­ings. About 25% of the global auto exec­u­tives sur­veyed in the KPMG study said that improv­ing gaso­line and diesel engines would remain a major focus for invest­ment in the next five years.