Why Gasoline is Still King

Facts are facts, it’s hard to avoid the reality that hydrocarbons are very efficient energy supplies. Given the choice between buying an expensive new technology electric vehicle that has serious range and “refueling” constraints, or a moderately expensive gas burning vehicle that is cleaner (ULEV or better), well I’d choose the latter. This is the dilemma for technologies that rely on renewables, they are competing against a very low cost and very efficient fuel that is primarily constrained by political correctness at the moment.

Oddly, nothing better illustrates the overall efficacy of gasoline than an electric car. In 1900, when electric, gasoline, and steam cars were vying with one another, an article in American Monthly Review of Reviews pointed out that the gas car had “developed more all-round good qualities than any other carriage,” not the least of which was that “it carries gasoline enough for a 70-mile journey and nearly any country store can replenish the supply.” It was true back then and it remains true today. The standard to which electric cars aspire—for speed, flexibility of operation, and range—is the gasoline standard.

[From Why Gasoline Is Still King — The American, A Magazine of Ideas ] Link via TTAC

BTW, I’ll still buy a Volt when they become available but it won’t be my primary vehicle. If it were I would have a much more complicated purchasing decision and most likely would not buy. If my concerns were affordability, there are many vehicles that are competitive to the Volt in terms of styling, size and performance that offer “good enough” fuel economy that would be higher up on my list. If California follows through on the Democrats plans to raise sales tax and registration fees by 3x, I will probably reconsider my desire for a Volt.