The death of the internal combustion engine

The death of the internal combustion engine

Barry Shrier, CEO of Liberty Electric Cars, is predicting the end of the internal combustion engine. He’s investing around NZ$80m and creating 250 jobs in a company that will re-engineer luxury and 4×4 vehicles and turn them into zero-emission, electric high performance cars.

Sounds like he’s got more money that sense, as my nan used to say.

Shrier hasn’t given a timeframe of just when this is going to happen, but I’m sure he’ll be on the bleeding edge for a while. He predicts that the speed of the transition to electric vehicles will be fast because of expected legislation, social awareness and technological advances will accelerate change in transport choice.

Sure, we have fully electric cars out there right now, but the only cool one is the Tesla Roadster. The majority of the others are particularly uncool (Zapp, for example). And there’s nothing that makes people want to switch from a position of comfort less than looking like a complete muppet as you drive down the road in a vehicle that looks like a toaster on wheels.

Yes, we will have an increasing number of electric cars as time goes on (Porsche made one in the early 1900s, so it’s nothing new), but Shrier is forgetting that hundreds of thousands of people rely on supplying petrol as their livelihood. Huge profits are made by the oil companies. The manufacture, servicing and operation of oil rigs and refining plants also are hugely involved an capital intensive businesses.

Hybrids have been with us for well over a decade. How many people drive them? Bugger all. Shrier better have enough cash for the long haul, or his batteries will be flat before the time comes to reap the rewards.

Barry Shrier, CEO of Liberty Electric Cars, is predicting the end of the internal combustion engine. He’s investing around NZ$80m and creating 250 jobs in a company that will re-engineer luxury and 4×4 vehicles and turn them into zero-emission, electric high performance cars.

Sounds like he’s got more money that sense, as my nan used to say.

Shrier hasn’t given a timeframe of just when this is going to happen, but I’m sure he’ll be on the bleeding edge for a while. He predicts that the speed of the transition to electric vehicles will be fast because of expected legislation, social awareness and technological advances will accelerate change in transport choice.

Sure, we have fully electric cars out there right now, but the only cool one is the Tesla Roadster. The majority of the others are particularly uncool (Zapp, for example). And there’s nothing that makes people want to switch from a position of comfort less than looking like a complete muppet as you drive down the road in a vehicle that looks like a toaster on wheels.

Yes, we will have an increasing number of electric cars as time goes on (Porsche made one in the early 1900s, so it’s nothing new), but Shrier is forgetting that hundreds of thousands of people rely on supplying petrol as their livelihood. Huge profits are made by the oil companies. The manufacture, servicing and operation of oil rigs and refining plants also are hugely involved an capital intensive businesses.

Hybrids have been with us for well over a decade. How many people drive them? Bugger all. Shrier better have enough cash for the long haul, or his batteries will be flat before the time comes to reap the rewards.

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