The old fire was dug from below. The new fire flows from above. The old fire was scarce. The new fire is bountiful. The old fire was local. The new fire is everywhere. The old fire was transient. The new fire is permanent. And except for a little biofuel, biogas and biomass, all grown in ways that sustain and endure, the new fire is flameless—providing all the convenient and dependable services of the old fire but with no combustion. - Amory Lovins
A lot of us come to this site for the latest information, but we also come for inspiration as we watch the EV industry emerge. I have to admit that I await the monthly report supplied here each month. With August sales we once again watch the continuing traction take hold as more records are broken. So here is to awaiting a world largely powered by electricity which is further generated by sustainable methods. This is sort of a continuation of an article posted by Jay Cole on what happens when battery costs reach $100/kWh.
Can you imagine a world that does not use liquid fuels 20 years from now?
"Thanks to the work of Mark Jacobson, of Stanford, and Mark Delucci, of UC Davis, we know it is possible to power the entire global economy without carbon-based fuels, by 2030, using technologies already in existence in use in 2009. We also know it is possible to do this without spending more than we will have to spend to upgrade and maintain the existing energy infrastructure, designed to deliver fossil energy to consumers and industry.
Furthermore, we know that the renewable energy paradigm will mark a major, positive transition, away from the own-and-tariff model of commerce, which becomes possible with distributed generation, and a genuinely decentralized energy production infrastructure. Fossil fuels impose economy-wide externalized (hidden) costs we all have to pay, while clean energy production methods can achieve similar pricing, without any of those extra costs.
The old combustible fuel model is reaching its limits in terms of generative economic potential, while clean energy holds the promise of more jobs, higher-paying jobs, longer-term employment, and community-based control of the energy sector:"
So will we see the end of liquid fuels in 20 years or ever? I hope to live long enough to witness such a milestone.