According to the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, a public opinion survey taken from June 2016 sees electricity as the most probable solution to replace gasoline.
Nissan LEAF chargingAccording to the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, a public opinion survey taken from June 2016 sees electricity as the most probable solution to replace gasoline.
43% respondents stated they believed that electricity was the best alternative to replace petrol - much more than in the case of natural gas (24%), hydrogen (15%), or ethanol (13%).
Interestingly, electricity also has the lowest negative publicity (just 16% said it's the worst alternative).
"Consider a future date when gasoline is no longer available. Which of the following do you think would be the BEST fuel for use in personal vehicles? Would you say natural gas, electricity, ethanol, or hydrogen?
Electricity was chosen by 43% of the respondents as the best fuel for use in personal vehicles, while natural gas was chosen by 24%. Hydrogen and ethanol were each chosen by 15% of respondents or less. The same respondents were also given those four fuel choices and asked which they felt would be the worst fuel for use in personal vehicles when gasoline is no longer available. Natural gas and ethanol were both chosen by 26% of survey respondents as being the worst fuel to replace gasoline. During the survey, answer categories were rotated to prevent respondent bias."
Best and Worst Fuel to Replace Gasoline in Personal Vehicles When Gasoline Is No Longer Available, June 2016 Survey (source: energy.gov)