Shell oil have predicted that the last internal combustion car will be built in 2070.
Make no mistake, Shell are one of the most powerful oil companies in the world, and, unsurprisingly, they’d like it to stay that way. As part of this they have just released a report looking forward to the future of energy use on a global level. You can find the full report here. Believe me, it makes for interesting and sometimes disturbing reading.
Back to that headline figure, though. Although Shell have predicted the end of internal combustion cars late in the 21st century, they have also outlined that they think a national hydrogen infrastructure will have taken over for ‘long haul and heavy loads’. Interesting, especially as Elon Musk would like you to think along alternative lines.
It is also interesting to note that, although this is a prediction, a hydrogen network would be more in line with the type of company that Shell is. An electric one would not.
Another part of the report states that ‘the global average temperature rise overshoots the current 2˚C goal.’ Also, ‘as greenhouse gas emissions follow a pathway towards a high degree of climate change.’
There is still much climate change skepticism within the ranks of the motoring press, and, perhaps, the population at large. It is almost (almost) refreshing to see such a big player admit, in bold terms, that things need to change, that what is happening is a reality.
Like it or not, change is blowing in the wind, but the structures of supply and delivery will aim to remain standing throughout the coming storms.