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Do you believe gas/diesel vehicles will be essentially gone in 25 years?

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Electric vehicles seem to be THE THING these days. Ads for electric cars and trucks seem to be everywhere. Just watch a college or pro football game on television. Yikes! One commercial after another!

And there are rumblings that sales of petroleum-powered vehicles will be banned one day soon—California is leading the way. And, more often that not, other states are following right behind.

So let’s look 25 years down the road. What do you see? Are gas- and diesel-powered vehicles absent or almost absent? Or do things look pretty much as they do now—all the electric vehicle hype and other mumbo jumbo just a bunch of hot air, with our current engines still out there in force, powering us down the highways as they have for more than a century?

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Roger B
20 days ago

We were in Texas for the big freeze a couple of years back. One of the biggest factors in the power failure was that much of their power is from wind and solar. The solar panels got snow covered and the wind generators froze up.

Arthur Mullis
1 month ago

Gas and Diesel will still be around for a few more decades. Gradually, as the technology improves and the infrastructure to provide electricity becomes more robust, we will see more electric vehicles. It will not happen overnight!

Rob S.
1 month ago

While I don’t believe that gas and diesel vehicles are going to be discontinued that soon, authorities on electric vehicles such as Michael Fallquist can probably attest to the notion that EVs are on the rise.

John Petruccelli
1 month ago

IMHO, we’ll need to use all forms of power. Electric, wind, solar, coal, nuclear, hydro and fossil fuel should all be used. Using one form of power is like “putting all your eggs in one basket”. Murphy’s law will always prevail causing the “one” power source used to fail at some point. We need to consider having all power sources used to some degree for our everyday living needs. This way, no one power source would be depleted from our everyday power requirements. The infrastructure for electric vehicles will never be built to support the world’s requirements. Fossil fuel will eventually run dry, droughts will reduce water supplies, coal and fossil fuels pollute our atmosphere, nuclear energy can have devastating accidents. We need leaders in this country who understand our power needs and who will look at the WHOLE PICTURE and make commonsense decisions to help keep our country running.

linda s gray
1 month ago

The majority of our country is spacious. Electric can not be available in the majority of the country, nor will the grid be upgraded enough to handle even city vehicles.

Derik Smith
1 month ago

After over a decade working with the vehicle electrification industry, my opinion is that we need a major upgrade in technologies in order to bring electric vehicles above the level of “speciality vehicle”.

The power density of fossil fuel is greater and so much more portable than anything else currently available on the planet. Until we come up with something better, electric vehicles will only be useful in limited applications.

Example: Local dairy products distribution company was mandated under CA regulations to replace Class 8 delivery trucks with electric trucks. The results: Two electric trucks are required for the replacement of each diesel powered truck. This was due to the limited range of the loaded electric truck, and corresponding required recharging times. This requires not only doubling the size of the distribution fleet, but twice the amount of drivers. Resulting in an increase in operating costs outweighing the fuel savings. Not to mention increased traffic etc.

Steven N
1 month ago

Until they invent a Mr. Fusion to power vehicles we will be using petroleum based fuels. The electrical grid just isn’t robust enough to support all the charging stations that would be required. You need look no further than California this summer when the heat was on, they had to tell people not to charge their EV’s because of the strain that the AC units were putting on the grid! I find it amazing how many people don’t know where their electrical power comes from, it’s not from solar and wind!

Neal Davis
1 month ago

I went with 1/4, but I may as well have used a blind draw to pick. I cannot predict if other states will follow California (I hope not), or at what rate if they do follow. Battery technogy must continue to advance as both a way of powering cars, but also preserving electricity produced by ways the same cadre of people demand — solar and wind. Absent that, then polution merely goes from diffused (from many fossil-fueled vehicles) to concentrated (from large power plants with the exception of hydro plants).

TIM MCRAE
1 month ago

IDK … With the current EV technology, no way. But 25yrs is a long time. Who knows what the next gen engine power will be?

Battery Electric is not sustainable or even feasible in it’s current model .

There is NOTHING even on the horizon to replace semi trucks, trains, cargo & cruise ships, planes (and RV’s). Get real people! In this question those are all vehicles ..

Wilfred Johnson
1 month ago

Hydrogen is the way to go but needs more time and technology, electric cars are only environmentally friendly for fools that know nothing of which they talk,and silly politicians who will promise anything and deliver nothing. A LARGE Meteorite is coming anyways so nothing to worry about.

Wilfred Johnson
1 month ago

Just so many reasons electric vehicles will not be mainstream, Elon needs to go to Mars!

Papa Gary
1 month ago

On an “Electric space rocket”

Korey Jackson
1 month ago

Considering I am currently driving a 25-year-old Honda…
yes, there will still be gas/diesel vehicles on our roads 25 years from now.

But most vehicles will not be gas or diesel ICE. Perhaps 10% to 20% of total traffic volume will be gas or diesel.

Ironically, that will also mean, because of reduced demand, gasoline and diesel fuel pre-taxed prices will not be as bad as many fear.

Ray Morgan
1 month ago

Well, either they’ll be gone, or we’ll be gone.
Just look at the Colorado & Mississippi Rivers, we can’t keep putting carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
I’ll be gone in just a few years, but my children, grand-children & great grand-children are looking to us to take control of what is happening NOW!
This is not a political rant, it is a logical rant.

Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Ray Morgan

When looking at the Colorado river please keep in mind the amount of water that is sucked off it and it’s tributaries for crops, drinking water and also to water all the vegetation that people have around their homes in the desert regions. For many years there was very little water left in the Colorado entering Mexico from the Yuma area. The Imperial Dam north of Yuma was built solely for drinking water for the Southern California area. At this time I can’t comment on the Mississippi

Joe
1 month ago

What we know today about EV’s, batteries, and hauling capacities I don’t see large diesel trucks being phased out for a very, very long time. Personal car and trucks is a different story. Diesel motorhomes, who knows if they would allow us to buy fuel.

Mark
1 month ago

As a follow-up to my previous comment, the European Union last Thursday agreed to stop ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicle mfg. in 2035. That means in just 13 years only EV’s will be available there and U.S. mfrs. will not cede EV leadership so you can bet they will redouble their efforts (GM has already announced the end of their ICE mfg.) so we can see the light at the end of the smoke-filled tunnel.

CeeCee
1 month ago

The costs of battery manufacture, replacement, and recycling plus the range limits and power grid issues are major. These are only some of the issues with EVs. Unless workable solutions are developed to address these problems, I doubt the internal combustion engine can be completely abandoned.

pursuits
1 month ago

The EV industry will be like the RV industry: build the vehicles, collect the money, but do nothing to provide continued support.

Theodore Farmer
1 month ago

When people realize that you must rape planet earth mining materials for batteries we will come to our senses.

MattD
1 month ago

Yes, I’d rather see oil pumps or fracking pumps dot the landscape than vast open pit mines all over the world. Until we find another source/system to efficiently store massive amounts of power and solar energy that is collected and converted, EV’s will be nothing more than a novelty.

JAMES
1 month ago

Most people can’t afford to buy a new electric vehicle nor the $20,000 to replace the battery in a used one.

Rich
1 month ago

given the contentious nature of our population and the ever present NIMBYs (Not-In-My-Backyard) there is no way on Earth we can possibly construct the infrastructure needed to supply the electrical energy for the hundreds of thousands of charging stations needed to support the millions of electric vehicles the greenies envision. and just how are we going to power those charging stations? solar and wind technology, in current form, can’t possibly do that. nuclear is an option but the greenies would rather freeze in the dark than go nuclear. besides, the NIMBYs will see to it that no new nuclear plants or even wind and solar farms will have a tough slog. us? we are “all-of-the-above” people but for the forseeable future we will be dependent on fossil fuels and it would be in our own best and national security interest to re-engage our domestic fossil fuel industries. now!

Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

The new Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia is scheduled to come on line in 2023, 7 years beyond schedule due to regulations and a cost of 30 billion + dollars for approximately 1,111 mega watts. This is extremely expensive power considering both build and operating cost is extremely high. Exelon closed 3 Mile Island unit 1 in 2019 due to being non competitive on mega watt price. 3 Mile Island unit 2 melted down on March 28,1979. All used fuel rods are still stored on site as those also at every nuclear plant in the U.S. due to the government having no central repository. Nuclear power is now being considered as green power! Yea, right!

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