Arthur Cordell writes as a Comment to my recent blog about driverless cars and all-electric ones: “Goodbye fossil fuels, hello electric cars. Where will the electricity come from? From nuclear of course.”
Only France derives a substantial proportion of its non-transport energy needs from nuclear power, but now that the first generation of stations is experiencing an increasing number of problems, the government cannot be confident about the reliabilitly of the next generation.
Meanwhile, world over-population, following present trends, is almost certain to start decreasing steeply in 100 to 150 years’ time. The bulk of electricity demand will be more than taken up by shale gas power stations — with half the production of CO2 from conventional fossil fuels.
Meanwhile also, the further development of solar cells, production of electricity in desert regions plus the use of direct current transmission lines — that is, not alternating current — into the major cities will bring down the costs of energy use enormously.