An article this week in EV World discusses Hubbert’s peak, subject of some recent discussion here, and compares the electric generation capacity needed for an electric vehicle future, relative to one where hydrogen replaces oil. The result?
Producing the hydrogen equivalent in energy to the oil now used in U.S. transport would require 10 trillion kilowatt hours of electric energy; we would have to triple our electric generation capacity.
A more practical approach would be the electrification of transport. Switching half the truck and personal auto miles to electrified transport would require an increase in electric generation capacity of only 10 percent. Electrified transport is clean, non-polluting and energy-efficient.
Are you ready to buy your electric car yet?