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As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines?

The vast majority of American cars run on gasoline. But analysts say that's poised to change as electric vehicles take over the market — albeit not as quickly as environmental activists might like.
Most American cars run on gasoline. But analysts say that's poised to change as electric vehicles take over the market. The question is, how soon? Source: Johannes Eisele

Most American automobiles are powered by internal combustion engines: Gas or diesel goes in, tiny explosions power pistons and turn a crankshaft, the car moves forward and carbon dioxide goes out.

But a growing chorus environmental activists, business analysts and auto executives are predicting a sea change, as battery-powered electric vehicles grow in popularity.

Going electric is not just an eco-friendly goal, an ambition that would help fight climate change. It's a business reality, according to industry analysts. But if the general path ahead is widely agreed on, the speed of the change — and the role that combustion vehicles will play during the transition — is far from clear.

'You cannot stop it any more — it's coming'

"Electrification, you cannot stop it anymore

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