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Well for the US citizens out there EU looks like clumsy giant yet there is a clear strategy: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0055:0093:EN:PDF that is a single Energy Market , which WILL promote lower electricity prices. Well how ?! http://www.nordpoolspot.com/TAS/ Now what is the percentage of taxes from the fossil fuels in EU ?! from around 40% till 80% https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/2015_04_27_with_taxes_1749.pdf This is the reason why Europe's economies do not get huge pushes from cheaper oil prices, it makes them also much more resilient when the prices are higher ... How easy would it be for Europe to start promoting cost effective technology based scalable transport fuels production solely on tax policy ?! After taking into consideration geopolitics with Russia, Saudis and Iran ... Well it makes sense ...
What about a major car producer conglomerate like BMW or Daimler realizing that it would be too costly for it to start investing or sourcing battery technology and instead smarter to buy out those guys and scale the production 100 folds ... Indeed might become game changer ... And hey the stock has't been very good performer neither: https://www.google.fi/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=maxwell%20stock
Saudi's don't even know how much their oil extraction costs ... US has and will outsmart the carbon fuel producers by both extraction and alternative energy based technologies. And the reason for the lower price now is not really the Saudi's change of the regime, but geopolitics against the rising bear of Russia ...
So clearly there would be at least 2 major platforms for cleaner transport - Tesla's li-on battery pack vs. Toyota's Hydrogen storage. It is interesting to note that both the company are trying to push their technology by open-sourcing part of their patents. How about in 10 years driving autonomous fuel cell H2 , battery car having supercapacitors for faster acceleration for about 30 000 ...
*** This is a good idea for EU. Components (including batteries?) could be made in China (at lower cost) and final assembly in EU for the local market? You could not find any better low cost and low tax country for production than Bulgaria in EU for now ...
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Oct 14, 2011