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For now, it can be an electrically boosted, dual fuel LNG/LH2, maybe in a propfan.
These are the priorities of large, profit driven companies, such as VW and Toyota. They're not start-ups with enormous failure rates, and which live on venture capital. Massive investments support massive profits, not sustainability. The rate of transport decarbonization is controlled by profitability and little else, that being ethical investment funds and government subsidy. When recycling is highly profitable, recycling happens. Government fiat can force investment, but this is more commonly done in the form of winks and nudges. Cheap consumer vehicles cannot produce the profits the big players demand, especially with unprecedented but oh so adventageous "shortages."
If solar and wind (with pumped hydro and battery for backup and smoothing) will provide 60GW, stop right there and lower demand. Burning spent nuclear fuel is a different matter, but necessary.
On the contrary, fusion research hasn't panned-out, so on the supply side, it's solar, wind, water, geothermal, biomass and fission to stop the climate catastrophy. However, molten Salt is anything but proven with significant challenges to be overcome. Nonetheless, it seems doable, though it will quite likely never be as economical as the renewable alternatives. Very significant progress will come from opportunities on the demand side and with efficiencies such as thermoelectric. It just can't come soon enough.
Bio-methanol and bio-methane are begging for us to pick them as the low hanging fruit they are. They seem so good, so low in cost, so inevitable, compared to the perfect (and some would say perfectly dangerous) ammonia. Reduce shipping by ocean vessels, sure. But the ocean vessels we use need a standard fuel, and methanol seems to be it.
Shockingly bad, and quite like Toyota's latest 3.4L twin turbo effort. Thank God these vehicles come with big TV screens to watch while we breathe in that deliciously sweet benzene!
Not a low friction engine from what I can gather, and tuned for high torque down low. Compared to the 5.3L, I predict lower real world efficiency and higher emissions overall (especially high in small particulates). GM wanted an aftermarket tuner engine so here it is. If GM had wanted an efficient truck, it would have built it as a strong hybrid with electric auxilliaries and a fully electric front axle (at the least). Is GM going to respond to FCA?
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