Saturday, September 29, 2018

Forbes:  Seven Reasons Why the Internal Combustion Engine Is a Dead Man Walking [Updated]

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The age of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) is over.  Electric cars are the future.  The transition has just begun, but the move from ICE vehicles to Electric will happen sooner and more quickly than most people suspect.

What are the factors that lead me to say this with such confidence?

1 China says so!
China is now the world's largest car market (of the 86m cars sold in 2017, 30% (25.8m) were sold in China, compared to 20% (17.2m) in the US, and 18% (15.6m) in the EU).

Unsurprisingly, car manufacturers want to have access to this market.  However, China has passed a law which requires any vehicle maker to obtain a new energy vehicle score of at least 10% by 2019, which rises to 12% by 2020, and on up to 20% of sales by 2025.

As a result of this announcement, all the major OEM's have suddenly found EV religion.  A slew of announcements has followed about the 10's of billions of dollars or Euros they are investing in their EV development programs and the partnerships or huge investments they are creating to secure their battery supply chain.  The CEO of Porsche has even gone on record as saying that after 2030 all Porsche cars will be 100% electric.

So, China has spoken, and the car manufacturers have listened.  In the next 18 months, expect the number of electric vehicle models available to purchase, to increase significantly.

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