No clear path to wide adoption of electric vehicles, researchers warn

WaExaminer: One of the biggest unanswered questions in the next decade is how quickly the United States can decarbonize the transportation sector, researchers from BloombergNEF say.

The market hasn’t driven a transition to low-carbon technologies in the transportation sector as quickly as it has for utilities, which have benefited from falling costs for natural gas and renewable energy over the last decade, according to data from BloombergNEF, which provides analysis and forecasts across the energy landscape for industry, financial professionals, and policymakers.

U.S. electric power emissions dropped by nearly a quarter between 2010 and 2019, whereas transportation emissions bumped up 5%, according to BloombergNEF’s new Sustainable Energy Factbook released Thursday. For the last few years, transportation has surpassed electric power as the largest-emitting sector of the U.S. economy.

The report, presented Feb. 13with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, takes stock of the biggest energy trends in 2019 and how the energy landscape has shifted over the last decade. read more

20 Comments on No clear path to wide adoption of electric vehicles, researchers warn

  1. “Facts?… We don’t know any facts. We don’t need any facts. We don’t have to show you any stinking facts!!!”

    – Democratitos

  2. With today’s internet, what percentage could just work from home. No driving and no daycare needed.
    How many cars have to be parked to offset one private jet?
    Kind of tough for the construction industry, transportation, and manufacturing.

  3. Going to be alot of nasty dead batteries
    in the land fill soon…
    Then China will not be able to find virgin
    mines to harvest up the nasty chemicals it
    takes to make these batteries,the mines will
    all be barren world wide…

  4. Lectric cars are ubiquitous in Norway.

    Mainly because Norway has a butt load of money from selling oil to other nations.

    It also has charging stations everywhere….. mainly because Noway has a butt load of mountains with suitable streams for hydro lectric power generation.

    We’re not Norway.

  5. You understand that if the Social Democrats succeed in making people drive electric cars that the government can remotely disable your car and impose their will on your means of transportation.

  6. Txn4evr, Onstar! Onboard nav system, GPS. Law enforcement’s secret weapons. Why I don’t like phones with non removable batteries.

  7. There’s a bill floating around the Washington state legislature to ban all gas powered cars in this here by 2030. It didn’t pass but the Dem behind it ain’t gonna give up! Guess that gives us 10 years to find a new place to live!

  8. If that chit head 0bama had spent our treasury stimulus money on building nuclear power plants around the nation there is a strong possibility that electric cars would be more of a reality today.
    I’m not a big fan of electric cars but eventually they will be more typical. The problem is that we can not jettison power plants for the wet dream of renewable power.

  9. @Illustr8r February 13, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    > Guess that gives us 10 years to find a new place to live!

    Emigrate in place

  10. I have make frequent 800 mile trips one way lasting an average of 13 hours. If these bozos come up with an electric car that will do that and seat a 6′ 1″ 320 lb man comfortably I’ll consider an electric vehicle. Even though I get around 20 mpg in my plain vanilla F-150 I get tired of $40 plus fill-ups.

  11. How does a company sell an expensive product that has one third of the range and convenience of an existing item?
    Get the government to make people buy them.
    Sound familiar? It’s called Fascism.
    In a pinch, socialism will also work.

  12. Tesla’s (Nicola, not Musk) idea of transmitting electricity through RF is about the only way to make the bullshit feasible. Course, everybody’ll have weird growths out the side of his head and hear a constant, high-pitched ringing, but that’s of little consequence in return for making Greta and Gore feel good about herself (herselves?).

    But, it really has nothing to do with transportation and everything to do with fascist tyranny – we saw it with Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Mussolini, Tito, Castro, Chavez, Ortega, Ceausescu, Lumumba, &c.
    Lysenko science all over again – same as Aryan science – ‘cept neither are related to science.

    izlamo delenda est …

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