While I materially agree with Michael J. Roman’s post at RealClearEnergy, the thesis of which is that there will be niches for both electric vehicles and internal combustion engines for the foreseeable future, I’m afraid it won’t be good news for climate activists. Here’s his conclusion which contains most of the meat of the post:
Simply put, that road which we mentioned is paved with good intentions, is not one lane; it is more like a multi-lane highway where EVs and ICEs must share the lanes for decades to come. Exit ramps for the ICEs are a long way down that highway, and in the meantime both automotive technologies will continue to advance. And while they do, they will support the transportation needs of motorists as they journey to their net-zero destination. As my little grandkids like to ask on a road trip, “Are we there yet?” My answer is simple: “No, kids, not yet, but don’t worry, we will get there.”
I’m less convinced than he that production of EVs can be scaled up as quickly as proponents seem to think if at all. I think that hybrids will be more practical than EVs even in the niches for which EVs are well-suited at least as long as I will live.