“No more petrol or diesel cars, buses, or trucks will be sold anywhere in the world within eight years. The entire market for land transport will switch to electrification, leading to a collapse of oil prices and the demise of the petroleum industry as we have known it for a century.
This is the futuristic forecast by Stanford University economist Tony Seba. His report, with the deceptively bland title Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030, has gone viral in green circles and is causing spasms of anxiety in the established industries.
Seba’s premise is that people will stop driving altogether. They will switch en masse to self-drive electric vehicles (EVs) that are ten times cheaper to run than fossil-based cars, with a near-zero marginal cost of fuel and an expected lifespan of 1 million miles.”
See All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years in twin ‘death spiral’ for big oil and big autos, says study that’s shocking the industriesYes, whether or not we believe in climate change and that EVs will save the planet, it is smarter to drive electrically. “Drive smart. Drive electric.” is the slogan of Electra Meccanica who sell the Solo EV. The Solo makes so much sense: efficiency of energy utilization, use of renewable energy, small size, nearly zero emissions, low maintenance costs, low operating costs… It’s just silly to depend on fossil fuels, even at the pinnacle of internal combustion engine and control-system development when one can be transported five times cheaper electrically. The world cares more about costs and convenience than they do about saving the planet, but that’s enough. Driving electrically and saving the planet are aligned unlike depending on fossil fuels.
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