I suspect the car makers are holding their breath for that day. Planned obsolence they can blame on someone else.Sometime it will come to be in the future, not in my life time I hope. They will run out of Cobalt, Lithium and nickel before too long and have to figure out something else, it will be like all other electronics ,they will be obsolete every couple of years.
I’m just waiting for the day when I hear this on CNN.What is the towing capacity of a battery vehicle? Hard to pull a boat or RV, isn't it? FWIW, we took our son and his family to DQ for a cheap lunch- they wanted to go. Had to pay cash as the computer system was down. I told the manager that will be a problem with the computerized "self-drive" cars. Going down the interstate and the computer crashes. Then the car crashes! A driver might not have time to react to prevent a crash.
I would think wind, water, and solar. However making solar panels creates some nasty waste, which the liberals always just gloss over. Making batteries does also.The big issue remains how is the electricity generated!
Herb, I bet in 3 or 4 years Lithium batteries will be a long gone. Companies are putting a lot of money behind making batteries better and better.Sometime it will come to be in the future, not in my life time I hope. They will run out of Cobalt, Lithium and nickel before too long and have to figure out something else, it will be like all other electronics ,they will be obsolete every couple of years.
Maybe not steam, but I still have high hopes. As a direct power, no, I don't see steam vehicles coming back - except for hobby builders, steam boaters mostly, it is loads of fun. That always seems to be the route the auto companies take when they experiment. I still think a steam hybrid, with a single speed steam engine driving a generator, would work - but have never read of any of the auto companies trying that. Changing the RPMs of a steam engine is a lot more complex then doing so with a gas engine. But running a steam engine at a steady speed, with no speed changes, is not complex.That would be pretty wild if we went full circle Joat . Can’t see steam making a come back , but in senses , it’s being used as we speak