Pike's 10 Electric-Car Predictions For 2013: Right Or Wrong? Page 2

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Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

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Fast charging

Tesla's Supercharger fast-charging network is already going down well with owners, and fast-charging is undoubtedly a good way to cover large distances little differently than you would in a regular vehicle.

However, Pike predicts that most owners will still use slow, basic, "Level 1" charging. In other words, plugging their cars into a regular outlet and letting it charge overnight. It isn't fast, but it's convenient and provided you sleep for long enough, should still result in a full battery by the morning.

Will it be most popular though? We'd be hard-pressed to say so, expecting many owners to budget a little extra to charge a little faster, at 240V. This is where our readers come in, though--how will you be charging in 2013?

E-bikes, gas trucks

The biggest and smallest vehicles may see change in 2013. The e-bike market is expected to grow by 10 percent worldwide in 2013, to more than 33.6 million units. That isn't much of a surprise, but whether the U.S. market will match that growth is a different matter. If they're all as expensive as Smart's talented eBike, it's unlikely--but if the price comes down, then it may catch on.

And will compressed natural gas (CNG) be the next big thing in the truck market? Well GM has already started selling bi-fuel CNG versions of its full-size trucks, each of which costs around $10,000 more than the regular model. But plug-in vehicles, like the Bob Lutz-backed Via Motors range, are even more expensive.

The benefits are there with each, proportional to the cost. Both markets could grow, but cheaper CNG trucks may prove more popular in the short term.

What do you think of Pike's predictions for 2013? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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