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Electrify everything? Not so fast. Achieving sustainable mobility will require multiple solutions. There is no silver bullet.
In this episode of SAE Tomorrow Today, we speak with the co-authors of Racing Toward Zero: The Untold Story of Driving Green, who advocate a multi-faceted approach to a green future. Kelly Senecal, co-founder of Convergent Science, and Felix Leach, Associate Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, argue that the government regulations and media hype pushing battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to the forefront are misguided.
For the biggest, fastest impact on carbon emissions, Senecal and Leach believe in advancing a variety of propulsion systems – not go all in on a single approach like electrification. Most vehicles on the planet use the internal combustion engine, so improving its technology and fuels can have a huge, immediate impact on reducing emissions globally. There are great electric vehicles available today, but they are a small part of the market and don’t meet every consumer need. Hybrids, meanwhile, can be greener than electrics in regions reliant on coal and natural gas to produce electricity. Longer term, hydrogen and fuel cells may have a role to play.
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