Electric cars are expected to outsell gasoline-powered vehicles within twenty years, based on new projections by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
The news and research organization expects electric cars and gasoline cars to be priced similarly by 2025, turning the automotive industry upside-down and having a severe impact on oil-exporting countries.
What are the reasons? Dropping prices in batteries (a 73 percent drop in the past 7 years), increased manufacturing efficiencies, lower prices, and EV cars having simpler designs that require much less maintenance compared to cars with gasoline engines.
Bloomberg expects that plug-in vehicles will account for one-third of autos in use worldwide by 2040, eliminating 8 million gallons a day of oil production, equivalent to more than all the oil Saudi Arabia exports today. In Europe they expect two-thirds of all new cars to be electric in this same time period, compared to almost 60 percent in the U.S. and half in China.
Adoption of electric vehicles (EV) is already underway by Uber and Lyft, which are adding fleets of EV models. Lyft has a relationship with GM and is adding Bolts to their fleet, and in Europe and China, many of the transportation companies are using Teslas.
One of the surest signs of this transition is this week’s announcement from Volvo that beginning in 2019, every new model will use electronic propulsion, either hybrid or all electric. They’ve already abandoned diesel because of the stricter emission targets established by the EU and the growing concern over its health effects. The company said that between 2019 and 2021 they’ll launch five new electric vehicles.
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