The End of the Internal Combustion Engine? Really?
First let’s look at some facts –
Only eighteen percent of all electricity in the United States was produced by renewable sources in 2017, including solar, wind, and hydroelectric dams. That's up from 15% in 2016, with the shift driven by new solar and wind projects, the end of droughts in the West, and a dip in the share of natural gas generation.
Here in the US, and in many other countries, we cannot even deal with clean recycling of the millions of vehicles that are scrapped each year. Think about the toxic waste if hundreds of millions of used vehicles are suddenly taken off the road.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-electric vehicles. It’s just that we aren’t there yet. And I doubt that we will be in ten years either. Pushing electric vehicles is putting the cart before the horse. We tend to do that often. Here in California the current governor wants 3.5-million new homes built by 2025. There is no mention of improving transportation, or where the water and energy for these new homes will come from.
So let's invest in improving power generation and distribution before we force electric vehicle on the masses.
All of my facts and figures are taken from articles in reputable online sources. You may find different, or more up to date information but it will not change the overall picture.