Richard Branson: By 2031, All Cars On The Roads Will Be Electric (w/video)


"Despite the name Virgin, these cars will go all the way!" -Branson

“Despite the name Virgin, these cars will go all the way!” -Branson

Formula E Virgin team boss Richard Branson believes that electric cars are the future and thinks that the whole point of Formula E is to push the boundaries to develop technologies for the roads cars that will be coming soon.

Quoting Branson:

“Formula E is pushing the boundaries forward into what will be the future.”

“Fifteen years from now, I suspect every car on the road will be electric.”

“What we’re doing with these race cars is pushing the technology forward so that road cars one day will be able to go hundreds of miles without having to recharge their batteries.”

Branson added:

“If governments set the ground rules — and they sometimes have to be brave and set positive ground rules — and for instance said, ‘more than 50% of cars must be battery-driven in 10 years and 100% in 15 years,’ we could make that happen.”

“It will be great fun and really challenging to do. The cars would be much more efficient — they’re not going to keep on breaking down and battery technology will get better and better.”

For more on Branson’s outlook on the future of electric cars and Formula E, check out the video interview below:

Source: CNN

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18 Comments on "Richard Branson: By 2031, All Cars On The Roads Will Be Electric (w/video)"

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Good, it’s nice to hear an optimistic projection for once, instead of “maybe 20% by 2035” or whatever.

Here’s an optimistic projection then: Tomorrow afternoon, 100% of all cars sold will be electric. Better?

Just because Richard Branson said it, doesn’t make it an expert opinion, remotely possible, or even the slightest bit likely.

When someone else makes a prediction based on some likely assumptions and economic theory on the other hand, you at least know they’re not talking out of their ass.

Yes, this is a somewhat dispiriting reflection on human psychology, that news outlets find this sort of “celebrity endorsement” to be newsworthy.

The human species is not a rational animal.

Well, even though I’m not a big “fan” of Branson, his voice and opinion on this sort of thing carries a bit more gravitas than your average ‘celebrity’.

That being said, he may have mean to say that all NEW cars (sold) will be electric. And that is remotely possible, especially if oil prices rise and more and more billionaires keep diving into the EV “game”.

“Fifteen years from now, I suspect every car on the road will be electric.”


He may have meant that all new cars will be electric, and while that’s also unlikely, I’;d say that it’s quite likely that more new cars will be pure (B)EVs than ICE-age gassers in that time frame.

Pipe Dream!

Um. You mean no pipe dream. Though it is unlikely to occur.

Not a pipe dream if Sir Richard contributes $ millions to Congressional Republicans in the USA to pass laws that promote EVs.

Well, next year the Plug-In crowd needs to make about 45 million EVs just to keep even with ICE production of 92 million.

We need this to happen, for sure. I hope we can do it, but obviously, it is optimistic.

The moment you make electric cars work for Uber, its game over for ICE.

No, not all cars on the road but all (new) cars on the dealer lots will be electric. There will still be a fair amount of gas cars still running.

Maybe, if we’re really lucky, most cars sold fifteen years from now will be electric. But if Branson really believes all cars on the road will be by then, he’s clearly retarded. Not only are there plenty of cars more than fifteen years old on the road today, but ramping up EVs from half a million to a hundred million may not be so easy to do in five years (allowing for cars up to ten years old to still be on the road by 2030).

I knew he’s just one of those magical thinkers who really believe positivity equals magic, when really he’s just a rich brat born with a silver spoon up his behind – with a bunch of REALISTS doing the hard work needed to keep growing his fortune!

Maybe he meant in 15 years all new cars sold will be electric.

The idea that all new cars sold must be zero emission by 2025-2030 is one that is increasingly floated by governments around the planet like Norway, Netherlands and India. So far these ideas are ridiculed but Model 3 might change that as it will propel EVs into the mainstream to a certain extend.

Unfortunately, Sir Richard does not make cars. But at least if he did, by this statement we’d know EV’s have his support

Sir Richard to make it happen send a lot of money to Republican politicians in the USA.

About 50% of all new cars sold in Norway are already fully electric, or plug-in hybrid. With all the new electric vehicles being launched the next three years, I just can’t see any reason to buy a fossil car beyond 2020. It’s not just about environment, fuel economy and tax initiatives, they simply offer a better ride in so many ways. (Tesla Model 3, Chevrolet Bolt, Audi Q6, Porsche Mission-E, to name a few. Volvo and Mercedes have also announced huge investments in new all electric veichles.)