Internal Combustion Engines - Still Predominant in 2050

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If you as a 10-year-old what the car he will drive in 2050 will be like, he’ll draw you a pretty picture of a rocket or a hovering machine. After all, it’s hard to imagine things will stay the same almost four decades from now.
Car manufacturers are usually slightly less ambitious than that, as they’ve invested in green technology for the future. According to them, cars will still have wheels, but they will use electricity or hydrogen to get around.

But a study by the US National Petroleum Council (NPC) found that internal combustion engines will still be the dominant source of power at the middle of this century.

This is because green technologies come with a host of limitations and are very costly to develop. Meanwhile diesels, hybrids and petrol engines are more affordable and are suited for more types of platforms.

However, their efficiency will steadily improve by between 60 to 90 percent until 2050.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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