Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency
Still, there are forecasts pointing to a disruption, such as Bloomberg’s new Energy Finance’s prediction that plug-in cars will eliminate as much as 13 million barrels of daily crude oil demand by 2040.
And it’s not just electric cars. Siemens and Scania earlier this year
Unlike trolleys and electric trains, however, these Scania trucks (two test ones for now) can detach from the wires to overtake another vehicle or switch lanes for any other reason, and then smoothly return to the electrified lane because they also have internal combustion engines (that run on biodiesel), as well as battery-powered electric motors. These two motors allow the truck to “hop” from one electrified portion of a highway to another.
Wood Mackenzie has also
Skepticism is in order when it comes to electric vehicles, just like any other breakthrough technology, at least in its early stages. The fact that there is a global drive for cleaner energy sources—not just as car fuel—should not be underestimated.
By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com
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