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2070 will see the death of the petrol car, Shell predicts

Shell has predicted that 2070 will mark the end of the petrol car.

By 2070 petrol cars will be a thing of the past, according to Shell. The oil company released a recent study that states: “By 2070, the passenger road market could be nearly oil free. Towards the end of the century an extensive hydrogen infrastructure rollout displaces oil demand for long haul and heavy loads.”

Hydrogen-powered vehicles have been slow to take off, but are likely to gain momentum in the not-too-distant future. Toyota has already invested heavily in the technology and plans to bring its FCV Concept, which was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last November and shown off at CES 2014, to the UK next year.

Hyundai is also working on a hydrogen-powered ix35.

Nevertheless, 2070 is still a long way away. Indeed, Shell believes the demand for oil has yet to reach its peak and will do so in 2035.

It added: “entirely removing oil from road transport worldwide is a truly colossal undertaking. With reduced growth of travel demand, increased vehicle efficiency, and natural gas, electricity and hydrogen increasingly in use, liquid fuels for passenger road transport decline after a global peak in 2035.”

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