New TEI Report: Back to the Future

New TEI Report: Back to the Future

October 2023   minute read

In 2013, the Transportation Energy Institute (formerly known as the Fuels Institute) released its first report, titled, “Tomorrow’s Vehicles—What will we drive in 2023?” Now in 2023, the Institute has teamed up with Guidehouse Insights (whose analysis powered that report back in 2013 as Navigant Research) to create a new report, “BACK TO THE FUTURE: 10 Years of Learned Lessons About the Vehicle Market.”

The report reviews the forecasts made in 2013 and evaluates what major developments have occurred over the past 10 years. Understanding what changed and the reasons why might better prepare us to critically review the uncertainties of current forecasts about the transportation energy market.

The report includes five events that were impossible to predict in 2013 and take center stage in the assessment:

• The oil price collapse of 2014

• “Dieselgate”

• Tesla’s string of successes, from the Model S to the Model 3 debut

• Emergence of anti-internal combustion engine (ICE) regulation

• The pandemic

“These events not only shifted the market trajectory, but also exemplify the limitations of prediction relative to what the narrative suggests is reasonable at any given time,” said John Eichberger, executive director of the Transportation Energy Institute.

The report takes into account the future of the market but acknowledges the uncertainty inherent in projecting the future. Eichberger added, “As the market continues to move toward net-zero, we can only expect that more of the unknowns will become known, and we must do our best to prepare for unexpected trends that might survive and those which may not.”

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